Take a moment before we begin to write know three (3) items that you know about the cultural aspects of nursing. Also list three (3) issues about the cultural aspects of Nursing that you want to learn.
We all know that culture influences how we communicate. Can you name aspects of culture that might influence Nursing?
The answers are not only common to Nursing? They apply to all career choices.
What is communication? How does verbal and non verbal communication effect your Nursing interaction with your patient?
Families, Ethnic groups, and religious groups have their own social organization. Give me an example of family group dynamics, ethnic group dynamics, and religious group dynamics.
People today utilize different forms of medication to control their illnesses. What is the difference between folk medicine and traditional healing. Can you share health and illness beliefs that you have learned from your upbringing?
Biological Variations effect health and wellness. Can you give me an example of any of the above variations and how they might effect health and wellness.
Remembering that we must respect family traditions of different cultures, think about how we can best respect this person and the family.
What is the best action to take?
The famil is an important social organization. It must be respected. We must develop as nurses cultural sensitivity.
Remember the issue of treating the whole person and all of the aspects that make up the patient’s sense of being when answering this question.
What is your choice of answer?
We must treat the whole person, both spiritually and physically.
In answering this question, we must realize that today patients turn to alternative health remedies as well as traditional. We must respect the beliefs of others. Nurses should become knowledgeable about alternative health remedies and ask the patient about uses of alternative health remedies during the initial assessment.
What would be your answer choice.
Cultural beliefs are powerful healers. Can you think of cultural beliefs of healing that you were raised with in your family?
Take a moment to write three items that you know about Cultural Aspects of Nursing, three items that you would like to learn about cultural aspects of nursing.
Cultural aspects nursing
Cultural Aspects of Nursing Jeanne M. Colia, RN, MSN, CNOR
KWL: A learning tool to assess prior, needed, andlearned knowledge• Before we began this exercise, what are some of the facts that you know about Cultural Aspects of Nursing?• What do you want to learn about Cultural Aspects of Nursing.• What have you learned about Cultural Aspects of Nursing?
Cultural Phenomena that influenceNursing• 1. Communication• 2.• 3. Time• 4.• 5.• 6.
Social Organization• Family group/Ethnic groups• Religious groups
Environmental control• Folk medicine• Traditional healers• Health and illness beliefs
Biological Variations• Body structure, Skin Color• Genetic make up, nutritional preferences• Enzymatic functions, ECG pattern• Susceptibility to certain diseases
Applying Critical Thinking• The nurse is asking an elderly Hispanic female client to sign a consent form for a bronchoscopy procedure scheduled the next day. The client tells the nurse that she wants to wait until her family arrives later. Which nursing action is most appropriate
Choose Nursing ActionA. Ask the client to sign, but inform her that she can change her mind.B. Ask the client if she has any questions you can answer.C. Tell the client to call you when her family arrives.D. Inform the doctor.
Answer C• Tell the client to call you when her family arrives.• The family is an important social organization in many cultures.• Being available when the family arrives is manifesting respect for the client’s wishes and cultural sensitivity.
Critical Thinking Question• The nurse is taking care of a patient who is scheduled for surgery today. The client asks the nurse to read a passage from the Bible to help her prepare herself for surgery. It is most appropriate for the nurse to:
AnswersA. Read the Bible passage.B. Ask if someone on staff is the same religion as the client.C. Kindly tell the client that nurses cannot get involved in religious issues.D. Inquire if the client would prefer that a religious person be called.
Answer A• Read the Bible passage. Recognizing the spiritual needs of a client is viewing the client as a whole person with spiritual as well as physical needs.
Critical Thinking• The nurse is assigned to a patient who believes that wearing a copper bracelet will relieve arthritic pain. In providing care for the client, it is most important for the nurse to:
Answer Choices• A. encourage the client to use anti- inflammatory medication.• B. inform the client that copper bracelets have no proven medical value.• C. address the pathophysiology associated with arthritis with the client.• Respect the beliefs associated with the copper bracelet by the client.
Answer D• Cultural beliefs play an important role in the healing process. This cultural belief does not interfere with the client’s well- being.
KWL• Before we began this exercise, what are some of the facts that you knew about Cultural Aspects of Nursing?• What did you want to know about Cultural Aspects of Nursing.• What have you learned about Cultural Aspects of Nursing?
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