Overview of African-American Culture

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Being a resident of South Carolina, African-American Culture was chosen as part of the applied learning project for the Intercultural Nursing class, because African-Americans make up more than a quarter of this state’s population. According to the 2010 United States Census Bureau, the total population for South Carolina (S.C.) is 4,625,364, with 27.9% being of African-American descent. The purpose of this paper is to develop an understanding and sensitivity to issues and cultural variances or phenomena that are unique to the African-American Culture. Another goal is to identify nursing interventions that are important for the nurse to consider in caring for this population. These phenomena’s include variances in social organization,…show more content…
No other culture was segregated or forced against their will to immigrate to the United States. Though the nurse cannot amend the past, one must realize that trust must be built in order to effectively care for the African-American patient. It is also important for the nurse to avoid stereotyping the patient based on race or ethnicity. (Giger, 2013) During the interview, it became apparent to the interviewer that Sinkler family may not be the stereotypical African-American. Education and integration was important in order to prosper in the American society and culture. Both of Andrea’s parents were college educated, her father worked as a warehouse manager and her mother was an engineer. Andrea’s served in the U.S. Air Force in a medical evacuation unit. She used the G.I. Bill to pay for college, eventually obtaining a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. She now works for Vocation Rehabilitation for the State of South Carolina. It was noted that Andrea’s way of communication lacks the stereotypical black dialect. (Sinkler, 2014) Communication is the way one exchanges information with another person. Communication can take on many forms such as verbal or written language, or non-verbally as in body language such as the use of hand gestures, eye movement, or facial expressions. Ones dialect is
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