Cultural Diversity in Nursing Care

1000 Words May 31st, 2011 4 Pages
Cultural Diversity in Nursing Care
Rhonda Dilks
Grand Canyon University
Family Health Promotion
NRS 429V

November 01, 2010

Cultural Diversity in Nursing Care
Health in all cultures is an important aspect of life. A person’s cultural background, religion and/or beliefs, greatly influences a person’s health and their response to medical care (Spector, 2004). These diverse cultures guide decisions made in daily life; what food eaten, living arrangements made, medications taken and medical advice listened to. A nurse must be knowledgeable and respectful of these diverse cultures and understand their importance when providing care. This understanding helps to build a strong nurse/patient relationship, increasing patient
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The family from Nova Scotia appeared to be the healthier family. Interestingly this family did not place a value on work or careers. Most of the Spanish groups family members resided in Puerto Rico and every effort were made to see them regularly. Family plays an important part in each group and must be considered when planning nursing care. The Spanish group did not see a doctor regularly. In this family, money was scarce and visits to the doctor were not made unless critically ill. In the first group, chronic disease affects a large number of family members and the emphasis today is on prevention, with the focus on diet and genetics. It is important not to have any prejudices, to treat all families with respect, keeping the lines of communication open and not to stereotype. Health and illness affect all families and are experienced by each individual uniquely. Each one has the right to culturally competent nursing care. All nurses should recognize cultural diversity and integrate this knowledge, as they provide appropriate care in a professional, respectful manner. Communication is essential. Asking appropriate questions about the patient and his family while obtaining an accurate history are essential when establishing a nurse/patient relationship. This knowledge enables nurses to be more effective in assessing and possibly saving a patient’s life. Nursing has a long and proud heritage from which our professional
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