Professional Communication: Cultural Sensitivity in the US

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Since the 1980, the United States (U.S.) Hispanic population has grown from 14.6 million people per the census Bureau, to nearly 52 million as of 2011. In that time, the geography of the demographics has expanded dramatically. (Badger, 2013, p. 1) In further review, according to the U.S. Census 2000, of the foreign born age five and over, the number who speak a language other than English at home increased from 15.4 million in 1990 to 25.5 million in 2000, representing a 65 percent increase. The proportion of immigrants who speak a language other than English has also gone up, from 79 percent in 1990 to 83 percent in 2000. (Grieco, 2003) The demographics face sheet states the description of “Hispanic” can translates to Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban and many other Spanish speaking places and cultures. The purpose of this paper is to increase the awareness of the cultural diversity in the Hispanic patient and how nurses provide cultural competent care. Cultural competent care is a compilation of the clinical skills and professional behavior of the healthcare provider focused on the cultural values, beliefs and perceptions of the consumer while both are engaged in the therapeutic relationship. (Washington, 2013, p. 486) Culturally competent nursing care for families: Listening to the voices of Mexican-American women article was published in the Online Journal of Issues in Nursing (OJIN) described the cultural perspective in health care for the Mexican-American to increase awareness and guide nurses in providing culturally competent care that meets the needs of this population and their families. (Eggenberger, Grassley, & Restrepo, 2006) The article depicted Mexican-American women as the center of the family and primarily respon... ... middle of paper ... ...ilities of the U.S. foreign-born population. Retrieved March 24, 2014, from http//www.migrationpolicy.org Keefe, S., Padilla, A., & Carlos, M. (1979). 38. In The Mexican-American extended family as an emotional support system (pp. 144-152). : Human Organization. Spector, R. E. (2004). Cultural diversity in health & illness (5th ed). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall Health. Washington, D. (2013). Moving toward a culturally competent profession. In S. M. DeNisco, & A. M. Barker (Eds.), Advanced practice nursing Evolving roles for the transformation of the profession (2nd ed., pp. 481-491). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning. Zoucha, R., & Purnell L. D. (2003). People of Mexican heritage. In L.D. Purnell & B. J. Paulanka (Eds.)., Transcultural Health Care: A cultural competent approach (2nd ed.). (pp 264-278). Philadelphia: PA: F. A. Davis Co.

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