Cultural Socialization

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The United States of America has for all time been characterized by a culturally diverse society (Cherry & Jacob, 2011). This culturally diverse society is hastily growing. Therefore, as professional healthcare providers we must be sensitive to the needs of patients who have extremely different opinions of health and illness. Nurses particularly have an obligation to better recognize the cultural aspect of healthcare from the patient’s perspective through the identification of health-related approaches, values, beliefs, and practices (Cherry & Jacob, 2011). A good way to begin cultural recognition is to identify your personal culture with another. This will require self-honesty, genuineness and even some self reflection because everyone…show more content…
Once a person has obtained the characteristics of a particular group within a particular culture, that individual has gone through the process of socialization (Spector, 2013). Socialization begins when a child enters elementary school, to high school, to college, and finally their professional school (Jarvis, 2012). It is not uncommon for a person to experience biculturalism. People who have a bicultural upbringing have been socialized within two cultures. This often occurs when a family immigrates to another country (Jarvis, 2012). For example, biculturalism is common here in America. It can be a very complicated, painful process if the family is coming from a non-modern country because they often experience divided loyalty (Spector,…show more content…
The policies of the Joint Commission of Hospital Accreditation and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services now require all health care providers to be culturally competent (Spector, 2013). Rachel E. Spector states, “In this context, cultural competency implies that within the delivery of care the health care provider understands and attends to the total context of the patients situation…”(2013, p. 5). Hence, the movement of Culture Care is born. Because there are innumerable differences in the health care delivery fields that are caused by cultural misunderstandings, Culture Care is holistic care. This holistic care focuses on being able to provide health care that understands a patient’s health beliefs and linguistic requirements. This new health care philosophy is one that appreciates health care from a holistic perspective instead of from the same modern technological viewpoints. It is a constant venture that will require profound learning, reflection and time (Spector,
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