The Heritage Assessment Tool: Heritage Assessment and Culture Interviews A person’s culture encompasses all of their values, beliefs, customs, and morals that are most important to them. When providing care to a patient, it is crucial that health care providers are culturally competent in order to give them the care they deserve. The Heritage Assessment Tool can be used to investigate a given patient’s ethnic, cultural, and religious heritage. It can also help to perform a heritage assessment to determine how much someone identifies with a particular tradition. It is very useful in understanding a person’s health traditions which is important in order to provide holistic care.
This essay will focus on cultural competence and cultural knowledge as a component of mental health nursing practice when caring for a diverse population. Cultural competence Cultural awareness and cultural knowledge are considered to be the fundamental components of cultural competence (Campinha-Bacote, 2002; Popadopoulos, 2002). Campinha-Bacote (2002, p.181) defines cultural competence as the ’process in which the health care provider continuously strives to achieve the ability to effectively work within the cultural context of the client (individual, family, community)’. Unlike clinical skills that are gained and then performed, cultural competence is viewed as a dynamic and continuous process in which nurses maintain an open mind and discover culturally appropriate practices and interventions through considering cultural and religious heritage, beliefs and behaviours of both clients and nurses (Giger and Davidhizar, 2002). As noted by Purnell (2002), culture has a powerful impact on clients’ interpretation of and response to health care.
HeritageAssessment completed 2 Heritage Assessment Immaculata Okele Grand Canyon University Family Centered Health Promotion May 19, 2013 Heritage Assessment Cultural legacy is a tradition of a group of people or society that is passed down from generation to generation, which is to be applied in future by the off springs to prevent cultural extinction. Cultural heritage has a huge influence on an individual’s health as well as socio-economic aspect one one’s life. United States as a nation has its own culture which is the western culture, but has been noted to be influenced by the other cultures such as the Native American, African, Asian, Polynesian, and also the Hispanic. Throughout history, the United States of America has been known to be a racially and ethnically diverse nation as a result of great number of immigration from many different nation and continents. There are many unique and integrated cultural subgroup.
Friedman’s model views family as a subsystem of society and enables nurses to assess the family system as a whole, as a component of society, and as an interactional system (Stanhope & Lancaster, 20012). In this essay, the participating family, M family, was assessed with using the Friedman Family Assessment Model and given priority nursing diagnoses along with community health nursing interventions to influence the issues positively and effectively. Taking into consideration the impact of family structure, roles, and values, the effects of Watson’s theory of human caring on community health nursing is portrayed overcoming these factors and eventually achieve wellness and health for family, community, and all. The Friedman Family Assessment tool contains collection of family data in different areas such as identifying data, developmental stage and history of family, environmental data, family structure, family functions, and family stress and coping (Stanhope & Lancaster, 2012). In summary of the M family, this is a two-parent family in which 60 year-old RM is the father and retired nurse, and his wife MM is 59 years of age and currently still working as a nurse.
Practice nurses are hugely involved in health promotion and preventative work which is suggested by Williams and Sibbald (1999) to have caused some anxiety among health visitors as to their professional identity. According to the Healthy Child Programme (HCP) (DOH 2009) one of the lead roles for the health visitor is to ensure that the different professionals contributing within the HCP communicate effectively and provide co-ordinated and holistic care tailored to the needs of the family. This
PROMOTING HEALTH THROUGH INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS MPLHS1PHR Word Count : 2288 Many people believe that the term “health” refers just to how somebody is physically, however, it is about social and mental well-being as well. The term applies holistically. (World Health Organisation, 1948). Nurses need to promote this in each of their patients and can do so with effective communication. It is extremely important nurses can do this in different ways such as verbally and non-verbally and uphold the Principles of Nursing Practice set out by the Royal College of Nursing as the fifth of eight principles is related to effective communication.
In fact culture is the most influential factor in determining health beliefs and behaviors (Campinha-Bacote, 2003). Cultural competence involves being aware, sensitive, and knowledgeable in the diverse cultures that exist in the population. Health care providers need to not only embrace cultural diversity but must also strive for cultural competence in order to ensure that all patients receive the best care possible. Nurses spend the most time with their patients. Therefore, if nurses
Leininger states that "caring is the essence of nursing and unique to nursing" (Leininger, 1987). Different cultures demonstrate diversity and universality in their everyday lives. Understanding of cultural diversity is crucial for nursing to offer suitable care to individuals, families, and communities. The theory's goal is to recognize ways to deliver culturally nursing care to patients of varied cultures (Leininger, 1997). An organizational barrier to this would be the misconception of what hospice really does.
Personal Philosophy of Nursing My philosophy of nursing affects directly from Florence Nightingale’s anecdote and her contribution to nursing in her life. In order to clarify what is the philosophy of nursing, I read many famous works of prominent philosophers. Thanks to her nursing thought, I obtained my own beliefs and values. Nurses should care not only about how to finish orders from doctors or how to satisfy advisors, but they should put the patients on the first place. In addition, nurses should consider how to make a big difference for patients when patients are receiving treatment.
Cultural care is a concept that encompasses the patient’s cultural needs, beliefs, and health care practices” (Edelman & Mandle, 2010). In order, to improve patient outcomes you must understand the implications of these results. Nurses provide the most direct patient care and must be open-minded and knowledgeable to changing the plan of care. If there are strong associations with previous generations or ancestors this individual is traditional. A traditional person is an avid follower of rituals, customs and maintains certain beliefs.