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Caring For Patients With Cultural Differences In A Hospital Setting

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According to (Hinkle & Cheever, 2014, p. 97) Culturally competent care is defines “as effective, individualized care that demonstrates respect for the dignity, personal rights, preferences, beliefs, and practices of the person receiving care while acknowledging the biases of the caregiver and preventing these biases from interfering with the care provided”.
In caring for patients in the hospital setting today one must look at variety of patients from various background. Healthcare providers should be aware of patients’ culture, beliefs and attitude to provide quality care. The Office of Minority Health of the Federal Government has developed a set of 14 principles called the CLAS Standards ...view middle of the document...

In assessing and caring for patient X.Y It was important to obtain data from a cultural assessment method, which is outlined on my functional health pattern, this helps me to get information needed for a teaching plan for my patient X.Y. (Purnell & Paulanka, 1998) It is important to develop a trusting relationship, because Chinese have a reputation of not openly displaying their emotions freely with healthcare providers, and most Chinese like to maintain a formal distance with each other which is a form of respect, so touch between healthcare providers and Chinese patient should be kept to a minimum, it was also noted that the Chinese also view food habit as very important to promote good health and to combat disease and injury, Pain is expressed in ways similar to those of Americans, but their description of pain differs in the aspect that Chinese tend to describe their pain in terms of more diverse body symptoms, whereas Westerners tend to describe pain locally. Chinese used the balance between the yang and the yin (which conveys the idea that each of the opposites is dependent on the other, and how they continuously transform from one into the other) to explain physical illness and health. Also the concept of time is very important, the Chinese emphasizes the importance of punctuality, because tardiness is a sign of disrespect (Purnell & Paulanka, 1998, p. 163-184). Knowing the patient’s degree of patient X.Y cultural embeddedness helps with achieving health care goals.

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In conclusion, I feel that knowledge of cultural diversity is vital at all levels of nursing. Nurses in...

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