The Importance Of Transcultural Nursing

1664 WordsJul 22, 20177 Pages
Madeleine Leininger was working at a children’s hospital in 1955 when she began to realize that with such a wide diversity of individuals of all races and ethnicities, one form of medical treatment may not be right on a culture-to-culture basis. She coined the term: “Transcultural Nursing” (Sagar, 2016). The point was that all cultures will react differently to a medical situation. Some cultures have individuals with clinical diagnoses of mental illnesses, but the medications prescribed are not to be taken (rather, one may take part in an exorcism). And that is why it is very, very important to withhold a strong sense of cultural competency (being able to work with as many different ethnicities as possible, facilitating comfort that…show more content…
A nurse or a doctor who understands that this is how it is and how it will be, they will be able to – at the very least – try to reassure the patient that they are in a safe place and though their culture may be against medicinal therapy, it may be the only way to fully heal. This does not mean one should pose offense or project their own beliefs onto another. Rather, it is a way of reassuring the patient that their beliefs are respected here. As stated by a Professor Reed: “…doctors prefer to see only physical problems; they’re neater. A patient may resent a doctor’s suggestion that problems cannot be blamed on his or her spirit, mind, home or job…Most of medicine should be understanding and grappling with interactions between social and mental and physical problems” (Putsch, III & Marlie , 2012). He could not be more right. Many cultures still believe that mental illness is a demon that must be exorcised. There are more cultures with this belief system than one may think. Muslim culture, as an example, is known to look upon mental illness as means to seek sanctuary; so do many devout Christians and Catholics (Ciftci, 2012). Also, because they are a Collectivist culture where community and honor precede personal wellbeing, the very idea of mental illness can be considered a reflection on the family or the community in which the ill belongs to. This causes a lack of willingness to try the proper treatments because it
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