Essay on Cultural Diversity in Nursing Care

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Cultural Diversity in Nursing Care 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 compliance, which ensures positive outcomes are met. Patients who are satisfied…show more content…
As the families grew, several members moved away. Diabetes and heart disease are prevalent with several family members. Growing up, one did not go to the doctor unless you were gravely ill. Today, several family members have chronic illnesses and visit a specialist regularly. Second Family’s Heritage Assessment The second family is from Nova Scotia. She lived there with three brothers and one sister, is Canadian-American, with English her native language. Many relatives lived nearby in her small town. Her family moved to the United States when she was little, lived here for many years, then moved back to Nova Scotia. She married young and currently resides in North Carolina. They are practicing Roman Catholics. Her faith is very important to her, along with strong family values. Holiday celebrations are spent preparing food and spending time with family. Family members usually die of old age with no chronic illnesses identified. They visit the Doctor regularly for physicals and illnesses as needed. Third Family’s heritage Assessment The third family originated from Puerto Rico. He was born there, but his father moved the immediate family to the United States when he was an infant. He has two sisters. One lives nearby and the other sister lives in California. The grandparents, aunts and uncles reside in Puerto Rico and he visits them once a month. He speaks Spanish and English. His family is Catholic
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