Brandy,As nurses and future nurse practitioners, we all encounter people who have different lifestyles. Some of those lifestyles may conflict with our own personal belief systems. The individual in this scenario has likely faced discrimination in healthcare because of her sexual orientation. Garrison, Doane, and Elliot (2017) explain that homosexuals generally have poorer mental and physical health than heterosexuals. Poorer mental and physical health has been attributed to the fact that homosexual individuals often avoid healthcare because they feel isolated and rejected from many healthcare professionals. To illustrate the differences in health status between heterosexuals and homosexuals, a study was conducted that concluded heterosexuals live about 12 years longer than homosexuals. In the year 2015, 20.1% of all hate crimes occurring in the U.S. were committed against sexual minorities (Garrison, Doane, & Elliot, 2017). Obese individuals are another population of patients that face healthcare discrimination. It is important to understand that discrimination is not always overt. For example, obese individuals can feel discriminated against when a healthcare facility does not have equipment that accommodates their size (Dao, 2016). I do not think that we as healthcare professionals should have to agree with individuals who live a in a way that conflicts with our values, but I do think that we should treat those patients with the same level of skill and care.ReferencesDao, M. D. (2016). Vulnerability in the clinic: case study of a transcultural consultation. Journal Of Medical Ethics, 44(3), 167-170.Garrison, S. M., Doane, M. J., & Elliott, M. (2017). Gay and Lesbian Experiences of Discrimination, Health, and Well-Being: Surrounding the Presidential Election. Social Psychological And Personality Science, 9(2), 131-142. doi:10.1177/1948550617732391Respond on or before Day 6to at leasttwoof your colleagues who selected a different patient than you, using one or more of the following approaches:Suggest additional socioeconomic, spiritual, lifestyle, and other culturalfactors related to the patient.
Critique your colleague’s targeted questions, and explain how the patient might interpret these questions. Explain whether any of the questions would apply to your patient, and why.
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