A Brief Note On The And Filipino Culture

977 Words Mar 31st, 2016 4 Pages
In order for nurses to provide equal and effective healthcare, they must be culturally competent. Nursing requires constant learning, and understanding a person’s culture can give insight to what is causing a problem, what is hindering healing or procedures, and the best way to treat each patient.
Saudi Arabians live by a “guardianship” system. This system requires that the woman seeks the man’s permission before going about her daily activities, leaving the house, or leaving the country (Whitson, 2009). According to Whitson, men get to decide how healthy the woman will be (2009). Because of this relationship among the woman and man, the man will speak for the woman in the hospital setting and make decisions for her. When caring for a Saudi Arabian patient, the nurse should be prepared to communicate with the man as well as look at him when talking or asking a question, rather than the woman. Vietnamese and Filipino cultures both have strong family ties and big decisions are often made by the eldest of the household who is considered the most respected member in the household (Vietnamese Traditional, 2016; Baldwin, n.d.). The nurse may be expected to deliver information about the patient to the elder who is present, and may find that they communicate solely with the elder. In the Vietnamese culture, very few big decisions are made without input from the family, unlike Saudi Arabian culture in which one person makes the decisions, although the eldest is likely to make the…
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