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my best to be respectful and provide excellent care to them even if I personally disagree with their choices.ReplyReply to CommentoCollapse SubdiscussionLisa CarlosLisa CarlosThursdayJul 16 at 1:10amManage Discussion EntryJason, I very much agree that where one grows up and how they grew up impacts one’s comfort and interaction of those of a different culture. I grew up in an Urban area, but around a population of individuals with very much the same mindset as you described. My dad had a very prejudice mindset and his way of thinking was the only right way to think in his mind. As a result, I was not exposed to very many different cultures growing up. I am extremely extroverted and find meeting others and learning about their culture fascinating. I cannot wait to travel the world with my husband who is a pilot, to learn about more cultures.You do have a point in saying that as a nurse we can provide excellent care to a patient even if we do not agree with their choices. Thatphrase is really enlightening to me. The choices an individual makes can have a lot to do with their cultural influence, and our personal biases can cause us not to agree with those choices. I know I have a personal bias again a lot of cultures where over indulgence of food is a big part of their culture. I personally have gastroesophageal reflux disease, believe gluttony is a sin, and know that obesity is unhealthy. I have learned in my interactions with my husband’s family where food is a big part of the culture that I have to protect my health and that there is a way to be respectful and properly decline food. His family may not understand my choices, but they too have learned to respect them. I simply have a difficult time as a nurse accepting certain unhealthy behaviors that are part of a culture when I know that it is a big contribution to why my patient is so unwell. There is a fine line nurses have to walk between science and respecting culture. As nurses we can make modification
suggestions within the culture, but also we need to accept that most likelywe are not going to change that patient’s ways completely.ReplyReply to CommentCollapse SubdiscussionOluyemisi AdenugbaOluyemisi AdenugbaWednesdayJul 15 at 6:38pmManage Discussion EntryThe scale shows that my culture influences my beliefs, attitudes, and behaviors. The Yoruba culture (from Nigeria in Africa) is very robust culture that is instilled as children and continually ingrained. A part of the culture emphasizes on respect and tolerance for others. This is a necessity in a country that has over 200 ethnic groups. We learn at a young age that people are different.My biases, however, are not strong. I was out of home from an early age so have been told by family that I am “watered down” when it comes to my culture. My upbringing has exposed me to different types of people, from different cultures that I have learnt to judge people not by where they are from but for who they are. I believe there is good and bad in every culture so the individual person should be judged for their actions.
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