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Running head: PURNELL MODEL FOR LATINO CULTURAL ASSESSMENT 1 Purnell Model for Latino Cultural Assessment Your Name Institution Course Number Due Date Instructor’s Name
PURNELL MODEL FOR LATINO CULTURAL ASSESSMENT 2 Purnell Model for Latino Cultural Assessment The field of healthcare experiences a whole range of people from different countries. Every country and culture has their own customs and traditions. People from other countries look different, speak another language and behave themselves differently. Understanding the different cultures can enable nurses to be able to deliver services effectively. They will be able to respond to respond to the health practices, beliefs and the needs of its diverse patients. The Purnell model was developed to organize and provide a framework for nurses in cultural assessment. The model includes 12 cultural domains that affect one another (Purnell, 2012). This paper analyzes an interview with a Latino based on the Purnell Model for Cultural Competence. Overview/Heritage The person I interviewed is a 26-year male who has been a resident of the United States for 12 years and goes by the initials N.S. His parents came to the United States from Guatemala looking for a new start in their lives. The Guatemalan heritage involves people that make up the Latino culture. From the interview, N.S preferred to be referred to as a Latino instead of Hispanic. They migrated to the United States due to the availability of work, better living conditions and a better quality of life. The parents came with their Latino culture and this has been an integral part of his growing up. His strong Latino background and different religion and cultural practices are one of the reasons he was selected for the interview. Communication Having been raised in Guatemala for a large part of his life, N.S. can speak fluent Spanish. He considered the Spanish language as one of the most important characteristics of the culture. This was especially true because interactions with other family members like parents
PURNELL MODEL FOR LATINO CULTURAL ASSESSMENT 3 were often done in Spanish. He noted that Spanish speakers were scarce in the general population. This was a great hindrance when he first moved to the United States. As far as nonverbal communication is concerned, he noted that maintaining eye contact is concerned as intimidating by many Latinos. He gave a special emphasis on the importance of interpersonal

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