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Running head: CULTURAL ASSESSMENT OF A MEXICAN AMERICAN Cultural Assessment of a Mexican Americans Name Institution Course Date
CULTURAL ASSESSMENT OF A MEXICAN AMERICAN 2 Cultural Assessment of a Mexican American Cultural diversity is one of the issues characterizing the United States’ healthcare system and at one point, a healthcare provider will encounter a patient from a different culture and whose culture affects the way care will be provided. According to Giger (2016), cultural assessment is currently an important part of the healthcare provision process as it entails an understanding of the patient’s culture and its effects on care provision. The paper presents the assessment results of Boyle Transcultural Assessment (Andrews, & Boyle, 2016) of a Mexican American woman, a description of recommended competent cultural care for the interviewee, and a personal reflection of the interview. Boyle Transcultural Nursing Assessment Cultural Affiliation The client states that she is from a Mexican cultural group born from a Mexican mother and father. While they have lived in the United States for the past seven years, the client indicated that she had lived most of her life in Mexico and specifically Puerto Vallarta where she was born absorbing most of the cultural beliefs and practices from her culture. Having lived in Mexico, Puerto Vallarta for 54 years and being an assistant nurse in the local hospital, the client states that Hepatitis A is the most prevalent health issue due to environmental hazards. This is in line with the CDC (2017) study findings that listed Hepatitis as the number one vaccine- preventable diseases that traveler should be aware of when visiting Mexico. Values Orientations Like most other cultures, Mexican Americans consider development life events such as death, birth, and illness as natural occurrences (Medina, 2014). The client indicates that
CULTURAL ASSESSMENT OF A MEXICAN AMERICAN 3 pregnancy is a natural occurrence and Mexicans have a tendency of seeking prenatal care at the late stage of pregnancy. Family members are significantly involved in the care of a dying member, and mostly organ donations and autopsies are resisted. The client indicates that there is always a cultural stigma related to certain illness. In fact, Dischoso (2010) points out that the community views the patients with mental illness as insane and will always avoid associating with them for fear of their outbursts. She perceives change relating to current illness and surgery as a shift from cultural barriers to adoption of modern medical advances.

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