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encounter. I wonder, however, how do we do that? We are all so busy just trying to keep our heads above water with family, work, school. I wonder if there should not be some responsibility on our employers to better educate us in those areas? I wouldnt even mind a "cheatsheet" of sorts created to show the different beliefs and practices of different groups. If I am being honest, I do not know nearly enough about the different groups I encounter. Do you know of any such tools?Reply| Quote & ReplyOct 28, 2015 09:18 AM0 LikeSubstantive PostDebra Feliciano 4 postsRe:Re:Topic 3 DQ 1That was a great one Oscar. I like how you started your post by defining culture and culture competency and then tied them up together. It is true that United States has a vast number of immigrants from all over the world resulting to different people with different norms, cultures and beliefs. Being part of the health community, we encounter these people everyday in our job. We, as nurses deal with patients from all over the globe. It is challenging at one point because we need to know and truly understand the values that are important to each of our patients so we can deliver the best possible care regardless of their race. It is rewarding in the end as well when we know that our patients are happy and satisfied with our care.You, enumerating the three paradigm ( ethnocentrism, essentialism and power differences ) that we nurses must understand to be culturally competent in caring for our patients made your writing very interesting to read and your examples of each made everything very clear and understandable. I remember one time I had this patient, a very young first time mother who felt helpless and powerless as she didn't know a thing in caring for her new born and it reached a point of her being depressed. I always talk to her and teach her as much as I can even if it meant spending extra time beyond my duty hours. I know I wasn't able to teach her everything in the short span of time she's in the hospital but I did the best that I can and the patient is really thankful for everything and she said I uplifted her. That experience was so rewarding.
In what instances/circumstances in your job as a nurse that you felt rewarded?Reply| Quote & ReplyOct 28, 2015 11:04 AM0 LikeSubstantive PostKathleen Davis 5 postsRe:Re:Topic 3 DQ 1Summer, I completely agree with what you stated. Especially about the part where you stated that nurses are often the first contact that a person has to the health caresystem. Without "cultural competency", many of these people will never seek medical care again. We as nurses can either make the experience for them a good one, where they want to come back, or a terrible one, where they will never seek care again. If we validate their culture by recognizing and respecting it, then they will be more likely to listen and learn.