Haitians in America Essay

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During clinical time in the nursing program there are many opportunities for students to explore their new found nursing skills. While engaging in patient care responsibilities there are many languages, customs, values, lifestyles, beliefs, and behaviors that will differ from their own. Each patient may need healthcare providers to consider certain aspects in order to provide culturally competent care. There are many cultures that have migrated to the United States over the years including the people of Haiti. There are many aspects of their healthcare ideals that may need to be considered while providing healthcare in the hospital setting. This cultural assessment will consider the healthcare matters of an 81-year-old woman on the…show more content…
Health Disparities This large population has dealt with and suffered from several detrimental diseases. Even before the 2010 earthquake, nearly half the causes of deaths have been attributed to HIV/AIDS, respiratory infections, malaria, meningitis, Tuberculosis, and diarrheal diseases including cholera and typhoid fever. An estimated 5.6% of Haiti's population is infected with HIV Haiti (Castro & Farmer, 2005). A statistical study done by Andrews and Basu concluded that an estimated 800,000 Haitian people will be affected by cholera this year projecting 11,000 more deaths (Andrews & Basu, 2011). Poor sanitation allows bacteria to continue to infect the Haitian people who drink the contaminated water. With the extremely weak sanitary infrastructure, and the favorable environment for indefinite persistence, it seems that cholera will continue to be a threat in Haiti for many years (Andrews & Basu, 2011). Elsie has been tested for HIV/Aids and her test results are negative at this point. Cultural Health Assessment Illness and disease along with poverty still plague Haiti today. The effort to try and recover from the most recent earthquake tragedy has Haitians concerned. The conditions that they have endured in the past just to survive are worse than the conditions brought on by the earthquake. Some Haitian natives feel the Government is moving a bit slow in cleaning up and getting
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