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Each ethnic group has their own set of cultural perceptions. These beliefs play a role in daily decisions ranging from food preferences, clothing styles, holiday celebrations, to religious practices, communication styles, and health practices. The purpose of this discussion is to gain knowledge regarding the cultural perceptions and health issues of the Latin American or Hispanic population. We will discuss the Latin American perception of communication, space, social organization, time, environmental control, and also biological variations. I will go on to explain how knowledge and awareness regarding these perceptions can allow us to provide quality nursing care. Did you know the Hispanic community represents the largest ethnic group or racial minority in the United States (“FFF: Hispanic Heritage Month”, 2015)? According to the United States Census Bureau the Latin American or Hispanic community represents 17% of the United States population, that’s 55 million people. The term Latino or Hispanic refers to a community of many nationalities. Members of the Hispanic or Latino culture includes those from Cuba, Mexico, Puerto Rico, South or Central America, or any other Spanish speaking culture (“Building Our Understanding: Culture Insights Communicating with Hispanic/Latinos” n.d.). As reported by Juckett in 2013 the Hispanic community faces a multitude of issues that have a marked effect on the quality of health care received. Language barriers, lack of health insurance, and an inclination to seek alternative care before conventional treatment account for only a few of the issues that contribute to lack of quality care. By providing culturally congruent care nurses can play a role in decreasing the healthcare disparities experienced by the Hispanic community. Most likely you already have or will care for a Latin American or Hispanic patient in your nursing career. Like all ethnic groups Latin Americans have their own set of values, views, and beliefs. By building a solid knowledge base regarding the culture values of specific ethnic

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