This approach emphasizes the patient’s role in promoting his wellness and in his responsibility for his own care. Being sensitive and showing respect for different cultural patients are nurses’ job (Quan, nd). Cultural knowledge is the process of seekin... ... middle of paper ... ...messages, and these may vary considerably among different cultures. Skilled cultural nurses should involve a translator or change the phrases and words they use when explaining care. Become aware of the small, non-verbal clues that indicate a patient is not being totally understanding and take time to explain unfamiliar terms (Murphy, 2011).
According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), many patients develop fears after being told an error occurred (Langreth 76). They wouldn’t step foot in the hospital, or any other medical related building. This led to the patient developing nosocomephobia, the fear of hospitals. The involved physicians struggle with the aftermath also. The emotional impact of a medical error not only effects the families and friends, it effected the staff that helped that patient.
Instead, the doctors did their best to make sure that Lia’s parents knew how much medication to give her since Fadiman stated in the book, “Foua and Nao Kao, of course, had no idea what the labels read”(1997; 46). Therefore they had no idea how much she needed each day, and they didn’t trust doctors on top of that most of the time, so Lia didn’t even take the medication. This really affected Lia’s body and she started having more and more seizures because of it. Interpr... ... middle of paper ... ...ation could have been improved between doctors and patients in simple ways. Interpreters were used and children went to school and helped translate for family members.
The first chapter of the book introduces readers to the cultural conflict between American doctors and Hmong by describing in detail the aspects of birth in both cultures. Heavy emphasis is placed on how the Hmong deal with placentas and their baby naming ceremony. Many details behind the Hmong culture rise and naturally this leads to conflict. Baby Lia begins to develop epilepsy and her parents take this as a symbol of divinity while the doctors at the nearby hospital, MERCED, only look at it as a disease. As doctors continue to try and prescribe medicine to reduce the amount of seizures the parents continued to reject it.
This is one o the major problems that the Lee family faced while being treated….. Before reading this novel, I had no idea what Hmong culture was or that it even existed, as I’m sure that was the same case with many of the health care team. The tragedy in the novel stems from the lack of awareness to the Hmong culture and the opposing beliefs of treatment between the medical staff and the Le... ... middle of paper ... ...nding my awareness to the cultures around me. Throughout this course I have learned many things about cultures that are recognizable to me, but I can defiantly say I have a different perspective on many cultures now. this book in particular, has opened my eyes to a culture I had no idea existed. The ways and traditions of the Hmong people, to me, is something I would expect to read about in a book about people from hundreds of years ago.
In the book a young hmong girl who recently emigrated to America, is diagnosed with severe epilepsy. The American doctors struggle to provide optimal patient care due to the cultural disconnect. Her parents are skeptical and do not trust the American doctors or American medicine. As a result, they refuse treatment and medicine that is best for their daughter, Lia. It is not until the Doctors try and learn about Hmong traditions, beliefs, and lifestyles that are they able to gain the family’s trust and provide the medical care that Lia needs.
Most people do not notice or appreciate the heavy workload that nurses must endure when taking care of patients; this is especially true for pediatric oncology nurses. If a nurse is not working with a mind clear of distractions, his or her attitude might change towards the provision of patient care. Nurses caring for dying children also have many unmet needs that have an impact on the care they provide (CITE). A few of such unmet needs that have an impact on a nurse’s quality of care include: a lack of communication, physical and emotional pain, and hospital staff retention. When caring for a dying child, nurses face unique obstacles that must be overcome.
When Cody becomes sick he understands to call the hospital but Mr. Farrington has no understanding of Cody’s medicine and such. Though studies have shown that children who are cared by their mother recover faster and are discharged earlier, Mr. Farrington behavior is very concerning (Family-Centered Care and the Pediatrician’s Role, 692). He avoids the topic overall by working constantly. Mrs. Farrington finds this behavior to be strange because if something negative happened to her, Mr. Farrington needs to know these treatments, so they aren’t neglected or performed incorrectly. However, this arrangement between the parents is not very healthy because the stress of Cody condition is completely Mrs. Farrington burden.
Their culture embeds deep spirituality into its health care, by the doctors of the Merced County hospital. The notion that herbs were strictly to heal the spirit was of course a source of contention for the physicians of the hospital, though nurses might feel that the symbolic effect alone is worth seizing. In other words, whether the physicians ... ... middle of paper ... ...uals, even if they don't agree with them. It really falls to nurses to address the situation properly, and effectively ensure that the cultural communication between the doctor and the patient does not break down. Nurses most of all have to communicate with patients in a healing way, even if they do not agree with mystical remedies because the nurse has to recognize that there is nonetheless a function that mystical ritual remedies do serve, even to western medicine: to comfort the patients and their families.
Esther’s mother’s incompetence to acknowledge what was wrong with her daughter played a major role in Esther developing depression. Esther had just received her first shock treatment at Doctor Gordon’s private hospital. It was an awful experience for Esther. The machine had been loud and there were blue flashes that jolted her. Doctor Gordon told Esther’s mother that after a few more treatments that Esther should be much better, however Esther never wanted to undergo these treatments again.