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1186 WordsApr 10, 20125 Pages
Challenges in Transcultural Nursing with Ethical Complications As nurses, we need to be realistic about our expectations regarding patients. Unless the situation calls for it, we cannot choose which patients we would like to give attention to. We were taught to put our bias and prejudices aside when dealing with a patient because we need to prioritize their safety and well-being before our judgements. Situations like these become even more difficult when we are dealing with patients and their families whose culture, traditions and beliefs are far different from ours. Add there the sometimes unavoidable language barrier and we will be forced to stretch our patience as long as we could. The client’s mother is from Vietnam and growing up in a country where English is not their first language puts her at a disadvantage when it comes to describing how events occurred as well as the signs of illness that she observed in her daughter. The social worker had great respect for the mother as “she was strong and sagacious. She knew what she wanted. She could be blunt but she always asked the right question.” Being a mother to twin daughters who both had their own health issues, she seemed to be ill-equipped with the coping mechanisms to face problems regarding her children’s diagnosis and the health care team’s questions and actions. She, however, needed to be “tough and organized, and knew what she was doing.” Having an elder child gave her the tools and skills needed to take care of a baby and prevented them to be placed in foster care. Her difficulty in speaking and understanding English was the biggest obstacle in her desire to have her children treated. She understood only the simplest of words and phrases and not having someone who could serve as interpreter made communication much more difficult. It was her resolve to see her children healthy that made her bear

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