Essay On Cultural Culture In Nursing

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To define and discuss cultural care in nursing the definition of culture must first be explored. Culture encompasses many different components. It involves ethnic, religious, socioeconomic, sexual, and health customs to name a few. Culture is something that is personal to everyone and something that must be understood and respected by those in the nursing profession. As we begin to see more and more people from various cultures come into our health system it is important for nurses to look at their own culture values and customs and be aware of any biases that they might have toward groups that are different from their own. Defining Culturally Sensitive Nursing Madeline Leininger (1984) defines transcultural nursing as “a humanistic and…show more content…
This simply means nurses should understand culturally diverse populations and how their customs, beliefs, practices and family/support systems affect the health and well-being of the patient (Douglas et al., 2014). We must not force our own views or beliefs on patients just because we think it is the “right” or medically “responsible” thing to do. Nurses must explore options that allow patients to be in congruence with the own cultural practices, values and beliefs. A challenge to nurses is to find a delicate balance that allows a patient to practice what is important to them and their culture within the confine of acceptable practices in a clinical setting. A patient’s safety is first and foremost and some practices might not fall within the limits of safe practice in such a setting. In this type of situation, the nurse should discuss options with the patient as well as the health care team about acceptable…show more content…
According to Douglas et al. (2014), there are several topics that are imperative for the nurse to learn in order to provide evidence-based care while maintaining cultural sensitivity. These topics include: 1) the impact of people’s culture on their beliefs, values, customs and ways of acting, 2) the way people from different culture seek and go about obtaining health care, 3) the need to be aware of communication styles, and finally the impact of health policy on different groups with special attention to those who are at a socioeconomic disadvantage or are
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