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Culture Evaluation: A View into Heritage
With the United States continuing to grow, both in population and with views on healthcare, so does the need for continuous change and development in Nursing. The changing demographics and economics of a growing multicultural world and the long-standing disparities in the
Health status of people from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds has challenged health care providers to consider cultural competence as a priority (Capinha-Bacote, 2002). Patients within the hospitals are of every ethnic group and culture, and at times a mix of each. The term melting pot is used to describe the United States, which also has a tight relation to healthcare as ...view middle of the document...

As nurses taking care of multiple patients, assessments are crucial to maintaining excellent patient care. With cultural encounters, it is the process that encourages the health care provider to directly engage in cross cultural interactions with clients from culturally diverse backgrounds (Capinha-Bacote, 2002). Preserving cultural competence while delivering proper care is an art and a continuous process. Keeping the patients personal beliefs and culture in mind, while practicing cultural competence, each skill is addressed or experienced. This type of learning is a lifelong process.
The investigator, a both Hispanic and Caucasian, completed the cultural assessment, as well as interviewed a female author from an Asian American family, and a male author from a primary Caucasian family. The interview addressed health maintenance, health protection, and health restoration.
Health Maintenance
The definition of health maintenance was asked to each author of the designated culture. Each response given was surrounding the same principle of health maintenance. Health maintenance was reported to be the constant care of personal health. Physical, mental, and spiritual health were given as prime examples (B. Plunkett, K.Tarrant, V.Zomok, personal communication, June 14,2012).
Asian American
The Asian American author verbalized that her family relied on multiple Chinese herbal and holistic therapies, as well as routine care with their primary care physicians. Each morning consists of herbal teas, mediation and exercise. All of which clear the mind and body from toxins. The author verbalized that when sickness is too great, use of their physicians and local urgent cares are used (K. Tarrant, personal communication, June 14, 2012).
Caucasian
Diet and nutrition are the factors stressed by the Caucasian author’s family concerning health maintenance. The author indicates that the family has significant medical history that inhibits important amounts of exercise. Therefore, eating healthy foods and keeping up with daily vitamins, plenty of hydration and rest, as well as maintaining a scheduled visit with physicians for physicals is what aids in health maintenance (B. Plunkett, personal communication, June 14, 2012).
Hispanic
The Hispanic author’s family views health maintenance with proper diet and nutrition, as well as closely tied to spiritual awareness and health. Prayer is tied closely when sickness is involved. Rosaries are said for individuals within the family undergoing procedures, or when assistance with sickness is needed. Proper nutrition is stressed, due to histories of diabetes and hypertension, in which exercise is closely tied (V.Zomok, personal communication, June 14, 2012).
Health Protection
Health protection is the treatment or rehabilitation due to illness or disability. It contains the motivation to restore personal health and well being (Austin, 2009). Investigating ways that patients and family protect...

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