Quiz 5: Cultural Influences in Nursing in Community Health

Nursing

Diversity amongst the people is on the basis of their cultural beliefs, gender, race, religion and language. The health services should be provided to all the people irrespective of these differences. The health professionals also work and provide care to the patients by not forming any barriers based on these differences. Culture is defined as the set of values, beliefs and teachings, which are possessed by people of a particular community. These traditions and beliefs are often transferred from one generation of people to another in a community. The culture of the nurse is often different from that of the patient that may lead to differences in understanding and communication. The cultural differences may also lead to an increase in the expense. The cultural barriers between the nurses and the client need to be eradicated because they may lead to many differences. The goals of the Health People 2020 project aims at considering these cultural differences.

Diversity amongst the people is on the basis of their cultural beliefs, gender, race, religion and language. Cultural differences may arise between the health service provider and the client. The health professionals also work and provide care to the patients by not forming any barriers based on these differences. In a multicultural environment, cultural competence is required in the health professionals. In nurses, it can be defined as an amalgamation of culturally congruent behaviors, attitudes and working policies. Developing cultural competence is very important in public health nurses. The nurses need to develop and maintain a wide objective and accepting behavior towards different cultures. They can do this by treating every individual unique with their thoughts and values. The method of developing cultural competence is identified by five major constructs. These five characteristics include cultural awareness, cultural skill, cultural desire, cultural knowledge and cultural encounter.

Diversity amongst the people is on the basis of their cultural beliefs, gender, race, religion and language. The health services should be provided to all the people irrespective of these differences. The health professionals also work and provide care to the patients by not forming any barriers based on these differences. The culture of a person is defined as the set of beliefs and values shared by people in a community. The race of a community is often related to physical marks on the skin including the skin color. Many disparities among the health services are observed based on culture, gender, race, ethnicity and religion. Many people are deprived of certain services or are not treated properly by the health professionals. Good quality health service is not provided to some socio-economic groups. Some racial groups including the African Americans patients are provided with less number of visits by the health professionals. Some cultural groups are provided with better medical services including organ transplants as compared to other groups.

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