Heritage Assessment Essay

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The United States of America is a country made up by immigrants from different backgrounds and cultures. Culture is “shaped by values, beliefs, norms, and practices that are shared by members of the same cultural group” (Edelman, 2010, p.32). In order to take a proper care of a patient nurses need to be culturally competent what means that they have to possess the skills and knowledge necessary to appreciate, respect, and work with individuals from different cultures. The Heritage Assessment Tool can be used to assess health maintenance, protection and restoration of individual cultural beliefs.” It can help you to perform a heritage assessment to determine how deeply a given person identifies with a particular tradition. It is most useful in setting the stage for understanding a person’s health traditions” (Giger & Davidhizar, 1995) To demonstrate how cultural heritage influences people in their health maintenance, health promotion and health restoration I interviewed two families, one from Chinese culture and one from Jewish culture. I also looked into my family health practice inheriting from Polish culture. The first person I interviewed was Jessica, who came from China twelve years ago. Jessica came to America together with her husband and they are the first generation of immigrants. Her two sons were born in the USA. Jessica’s parents came to the USA four years ago and live together with her and her family. As she told me Chinese people believe in Yin and Yang. Balance between Yin and Yang is very important for health maintenance. Yin characterizes the feminine or negative nature of things and is associated with coldness. Yang stands for the masculine or positive side and is associated with warmth. It is very important for Chinese people to control temperature in order to protect them from illness. Their bodies have to

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