Cultural Awareness and Cultural Influences on Health

by Diana Shenefield, PhD

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    Welcome to NCLEX review. This topic we are gonna talk about today is Cultural Awareness and Cultural Influences on Health. A big part of the NCLEX exam. We know that in the United States we don't just treat one population of people. We treat many populations of people whether, its different cultures, ethics or religious groups. So as nurses, we need to make sure that we are attending to the needs of our patients no matter where they have come from. So what's are our overview for this topic? We are gonna look at diversity in healthcare. And what are our responsibility is as nurses? And what do we have to know to be able to take care of our patients? And take care of them with respect and dignity. So what are our learning outcomes? First of all we need to assess the importance. You know some of the still have a lot of importance based on our culture. Other cultures, culture is everything in their home and their lives. And so we need to assess right away, "which patients are more sensitive to their culture and may be which patients aren't?". We also need to recognize that different cultures have different issues. We can always assume that everybody beliefs like we belief. So we need to be make sure that we are being "the sensitive" and we need to recognize those differences. And then we need to respect those differences. A lot of times we get caught up in what we think is right, what we believe and we forget that the other people don't always believe exactly like we do. And we owe them the respect that their cultures gives to them. The beliefs that gives to them, their meanings of life. So we are gonna talk...

    About the Lecture

    The lecture Cultural Awareness and Cultural Influences on Health by Diana Shenefield, PhD is from the course Psychosocial Integrity. It contains the following chapters:

    • Cultural Awareness
    • Cultural Diversity
    • Essential Guidelines
    • Family Roles
    • Pregnancy and Childbearing Practices
    • Health-Care Practices

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    1. Asking questions that require the patient to give a simple “yes” or “no” answer, such as “Do you have trouble breathing?” or “Does your knee hurt?”
    2. Encouraging the patient to give a description of her/his medical situation, and beliefs about health and illness.
    3. Asking the patient whether he or she would like to have a qualified interpreter for the medical visit.
    4. Asking the patient questions such as “How has your condition changed over the past two days?” or “What makes your condition get better or worse?”
    1. Making eye contact with the interpreter when you are speaking, then looking at the patient while the interpreter is telling the patient what you said.
    2. Speaking slowly, pausing between words.
    3. Asking the interpreter to further explain the patient’s statement in order to get a more complete picture of the patient’s condition.
    4. None of the above.
    1. Most African people are either Christian or follow a traditional religion.
    2. Friendly (non-sexual) physical contact is an important part of communication for many Latin American people.
    3. Many Asian people think it is disrespectful to ask questions of a health provider.
    4. Eastern Europeans are highly diverse in terms of customs, language and religion.

    Author of lecture Cultural Awareness and Cultural Influences on Health

     Diana Shenefield, PhD

    Diana Shenefield, PhD

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