For this assignment, I will assess an adult from a different culture than that of my own. I will utilize the Giger and Davidhizar’s transcultural assessment tool to perform my assessment. After assessing this adult, I will summarize my findings. Along with summarizing, I will provide three professional references, as well as a conclusion. Description of the Person and Cultural Heritage Jeremy Packer is a 31 year old man who has a Jewish cultural background. He was born in the United States. Jeremy is a single young man, who works as a nursing assistant. He works full time, as well as attending school to become a Registered Nurse. Present U.S. Census Data Related to the History of the Person’s Ethnic Group in the United States Within the United States, Jewish Americans account for about 3% of the population (Newman Giger, 2013). There four main religious groups in the Jewish sector. Those include: Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, and Reconstructionist. The Orthodox Jew is strict and based on more tradition, the Conservative Jew maintains a less strict practice, the Reform Jew practices a more liberal religion, and the Reconstructionist Jew have both traditional beliefs, as well as evolving into a more contemporary beliefs. Jews have described themselves as a “people”, based on their shared religion (Ostrer & Skorecki, 2012). Assessment of Communication Factors Jeremy’s primary language is English. He knows very little Hebrew language, what he does know is tied into religious practices. He speaks with a strong and clear voice. He is very forthcoming with information, therefore I do not see Jeremy as a quiet individual. He does not use nonverbal communication skills, nor does he touch others during conversation.... ... middle of paper ... ...I normally would not. Studies have shown that Jews are highly intelligent in regards to verbal intelligence when compared to non-Jews (Newman Giger, 2013). He was very in tune and passionate about religion and politics. I believe a lot of people are prejudiced and have stereotypes of others than from their own culture. Over the past 60 years, a majority of ethnic and national stereotypes have changed (Madon et al., 2014). While it is important when caring for our patients that we are aware of their cultural background, I believe it is even more important to treat each patient the same, regardless of race, religion, or sex. Our top priority should be of what is in the best interest for the patient. In order to achieve the best results possible, we do need to include in our nursing interventions their beliefs or values so they will adhere to the plan of care.
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If one were to ask a New York resident in the 1950’s how many people he or she would expect to be living in New York sixty years from now, he would most likely not say 20 million. Among those 20 million, it is even more unfathomable that an estimated 1.7 million Jews reside within New York City, making New York home to over a quarter of the Jews living in America today . Amongst those Jews however, how many of them consider themselves religious? Seeing that only an estimated 10 percent of Jews today classify themselves as observant, how and when did this substantial dispersion occur? The period post World War II in America presents the many different factors and pressures for Jews arriving in America during this time. Although many Jews believed America would be the best place to preserve and rebuild Jewish presence in the world, the democracy and economic opportunity resulted in adverse effects on many Jews. The rate of acculturation and assimilation for many of these Jews proved to be too strong, causing an emergence of two types of Jews during this time period. Pressures including the shift to suburbanization, secular education into professional careers, covert discrimination in the labor market and the compelling American culture, ultimately caused the emergence of the passive and often embarrassed ‘American Jew’; the active ‘Jewish American’ or distinctly ‘Jewish’ citizen, avertedly, makes Judaism an engaging active component of who and what they are amidst this new American culture.
American Jews today identify themselves as Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, or Reconstructionist. These four movements in modern American Judaism are different in many aspects, but one must remember that even though there are differences in the different beliefs of the Jewish movements, that all Jews share a common bond of a history and a destiny. They are one people. These four movements are not considered denominations, but are differing philosophies. Many Jewish religious observances and practices cannot be easily put into a single particular movement because within each movement there is a wide diversity in custom, practice, and observance. These movements range from traditional to liberal and those in between.
The most fascinating branches of a religion are often the most extreme, the most different from the mainstream denomination. Two such groups are Hasidic Jews and the Amish, a sect of Christianity. Shown a picture of a member of one of these sects, the average person would not be able to identify to which group he belonged. However, though “their shared style of dress does indeed reflect shared values of piety, extreme traditionalism, and separation,” these groups are extremely different(“A Brief Introduction”). Beyond the obvious difference of ideology in that Hasidism is based in Orthodox Judaism and Amish tradition in Christianity, to say nothing of the diverse groups within these separatist umbrellas, there are stark differences in origins, beliefs, practices, and the way that each group interacts with the secular world.
It was a bit surprising to learn that Judaism is segmented into Orthodox, Conservative and Reform factions. I always thought the religion was strict toward tradition and all Jews were the same. Orthodox Jew, were the strictest practitioners of Judaism as they practice almost all rituals associated with the faith. Bar Mitzvah, Brit Mala and the Sabbath are some of the more popular rituals done by Orthodox Jews.
Researching and developing awareness of different cultures beliefs, values, and practice can help aid with providing cultural competent care. As a healthcare professional, this is an essential competent for caring for patient of different ethnicity group. “Organizations and individuals who understand their clients’ cultural values, beliefs, and practices are in a better position to be co-participants with their clients in providing culturally acceptable care” (Purnell & Paulanka, 2008, p. 2). During the beginning of this course, I had taken a cultural competency quiz regarding my responses to the patient cultural values and belief practices. I will later discuss how my results from the cultural competency quiz changed
The Jewish people have proved themselves to be able to make a tremendous difference in the world. Even though this divine difference has come from people of each movement of Judaism, the Modern Orthodox movement has taken it to the next level. Orthodox Judaism began back when G-d revealed the Torah on Mount Sinai (The American-Israeli Cooperative Enterprise, 2011). Orthodox sages believe that both the Oral and Witten Torahs were given to the Jewish nation in 1312 B.C.E. This is when they consider that ‘Orthodox’ Judaism as we know started (Rabbi Lawrence Keleman, 2010). While there are many Modern Orthodox Jews around the world, the 10 main communities are in Israel, New York, Los Angeles, Florida, Paris, Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, San Francisco and London (World Jewish Population, 2001). In a recent study, all sects of Orthodox Judaism were found to have between 33% - 45% of...
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The term culture is defined as “the thoughts, communications, actions, customs, beliefs, values, and institutions of racial, ethnic, religious, or social groups” (Potter & Perry, 2013). With the increase of culturally diverse populations in the United States, it is important for nurses to practice cultural competence. Cultural competence is the ability to acquire specific behaviors, skills, attitudes, and policies in a system that permits “effective work in a cross-cultural setting” (OMH, 2013). Being culturally competent is essential because nurses who acknowledges and respects a patient’s health beliefs and practices are more likely to have positive health outcomes (OMH, 2012). Every culture has certain views and attitudes concerning health. The Jewish (also referred to as Jews), in particular, have intriguing health practices and beliefs that health care providers need to be aware of.
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After the completion of the multicultural self-assessment, I thought my rankings were acceptable. I’m a well-rounded person, who is a comfortable interacting with others despite their identification status. I strongly believe the influences that my upbringing and education has had on my values and beliefs (Petrone, 2004). This allows me to be mindful and respectful of other people’s feelings and how you operate with others.