Cultural Preservation

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Cultural Preservation: A nurse using cultural preservation endorses the utilization of methodically sound cultural practices (Huber, 2009).
Example- An East Indian patient is about to go into surgery to have a tumor removed and the family wants to gather around the patient and pray over her before the patient heads to the operating room and the nurse encourages this behavior among them. Massage and meditation are other examples.
Cultural Accommodation: By using cultural accommodation, the nurse assists and encourages the use of cultural practices that have not been proven harmful (Huber, 2009).
Example- Some Jamaican cultures believe that salt can keep demons and spirits away. Allowing the patient to keep a bottle of salt at his or her
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Vietnamese people are very family oriented and it is not unusual for 2-3 generations to be living together under 1 roof. Adults within the family are expected to care for their elders. The patient may feel abandoned by her family and may feel frightened because she speaks little English and on the other side, the patient's family may feel like they are not there for the patient and may feel like they are neglecting their role as the family care giver. The nurse meets with the patient and family to discuss their concerns, and to formulate a care plan. The Family agrees to place the patient into a rehab center that allows family to stay 24 hours a day and assist with patient care. Each adult family member will take turns staying with her at the rehab center and will bring her food that the patient is accustomed to eating. In doing this, the patient does not feel abandoned, and the adult family members can continue playing the role of care giver.
Possible barriers that may occur in applying those strategy examples could include language barriers and the patient having no family or the patient may be mentally ill and is unable to comprehend things fully.
References:
Huber, L. M., (May 2009). American Nurse Today. Making community health care culturally correct. Vol. 4 No.5
National Center for Cultural Competence. (2006). Bridging the Cultural Divide in Health Care Settings- The Essential Role of