Heritage Assessment

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As a measurement tool, heritage assessment helps a person appreciate further his cultural background, find strengths in his personality (based from his specific cultural background), and work on weaknesses that he has. Unlike other assessment tools, this is a quantitative-based approach aimed at threshing out a person’s family, religious and ethnic background that Influences the healthcare delivered to that person or to their culture The greater the number of the positive responses shows the person’s greater identification with traditional heritage. (Spector 365) .Based from the writers experience, a person needs to answer questions in a heritage assessment tool and these questions are * Place of birth of one’s parents * Place of…show more content…
They also believe that food should be various flavors; such as, sweet, sour, salty, bitter and spicy. The people of the Navajo culture use activities like weaving and making rugs to help calm their souls (S. Notah, personal communication, January 16, 2011). Hobbies help contribute to their mental well-being (Spector, 2009). Both the Navajo and Hispanic cultures are very strong believers in their religion, and this is very important to them and their health. In the Hispanic culture, families live very close together and have contact on a regular basis this helps them to live with less stress and worry which improves health. (B. Marquez-Castro, personal communication, January 15, 2011).Same as the author’s culture, believes strongly in family and keep in touch with each family members regularly. It can be argued that the development of cultural competence does not occur in a short encounter with cultural diversity but that it takes time to develop the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to safely and satisfactorily deliver cultural care - a concept that describes holistic HEALTH care that is culturally sensitive, culturally appropriate, and culturally competent. Cultural care is critical to meeting the complex nursing care needs of a given person, family, and community. It is the provision of health care across cultural boundaries and takes into account the context in which the patient lives as well as the situations in which the patient's health problems arise.

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