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SOCS 350N Week 1 Discussion Question 1 & 2 Week one Part one You eat what? Ethnocentrism My post Let's start by defining Ethnocentrism Laura Baisch Email this Author 1/5/2015 3:59:57 PM As a healthcare professional in the hospital setting, many patients are cared for from different cultural/ethnic backgrounds. One instance of ethnocentrism that comes to mind is that of an Orthodox Jewish patient. When report was received about this patient, it was brought up that the patient did not shave under her arms & smelled very strongly of body odor. The question was asked by the nurse, "Do they not believe in bathing regularly?" Fortunately, there was not a negative outcome. The patient was encouraged to take a bath, which she did. Although the nurse's question regarding bathing may have been harmless to her, the thought that "they" don't bathe regularly possibly came from the thought that this patient's culture is inferior
to the nurse's because the nurse thought since the patient does not shave under her arms, the nurse is cleaner than the patient. As a healthcare professional, it is imperative that we are accepting of other cultures, race/ethnic backgrounds, & orientations. We must go beyond the Caring theory developed by F. Neil Brady which is "universal care: love for humanity," & incorporate all three theories. The deontological (faith) or "universal duty: universal principle" as well as teleological (hope) or "universal ends: character ethic, utilitarianism, other-isms." (Harvey & Allard 2012) By incorporating all theories, not only will the patient be cared for, the patient will be treated as we would want to be treated & the greatest good will be done for the greatest number of people. (Harvey & Allard 2012) Harvey, C. & Allard, J. M. (2012). Underst&ing & Managing Diversity: Readings, Cases, & Exercises, Fifth Edition. Boston, MA: Prentice Hall.

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