Purnell Model: a View on Asian Indian Culture Values. Essay

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In this paper I will be identifying beliefs and values common to my family of origin. I will be using Purnell's Model of cultural competency and will explain the major assumptions of the model in relevance to my culture. The purpose of this paper is to provide the reader with a quick overview of the Asian Indian culture. One must be aware of their own culture and the culture of others in order to offer competent and culturally sensitive care and understand how their cultural beliefs may affect their health. (Leuning, Swiggum, Wiegert, and McCullough-Zander, 2002).

Introduction With the United States becoming increasingly diverse, healthcare professionals face a multicultural clients and it
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I have lived in Waukesha, Milwaukee and my current residence is in Racine, Wisconsin. After my bachelors I have been working as a registered nurse at a local nursing home. Communication: My primary language is Punjabi, although I can speak Hindi and English fluently as well. Women do not look into the eyes of men, which would imply romantic interest, and this is usually forbidden. People from my culture will not usually look directly in the eyes of elders and authority figures. This is supported by Purnell and Paulanka (2003), and they add that “direct eye contact with elders and authority figures may be considered a sign of disrespect” Family Roles and Organization. Indian families are considered to be a close knit family unit. The man (the father and/or husband) is always considered the head of household. There is also a significant value placed on higher education and success for their children. Workforce Issues: Traditionally, men will usually work and provide the financial support and the women provide domestic care. In the recent years, as people are becoming more educated and urbanized there has been a decline in this trend. Biocultural ecology. In the Northern part of the country the general population has a fairer skin color when compared with down South. Southern part of the country is closer to the equator which results in higher temperatures and long sunny days, which

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