Assignment: Theories Related to Transcultural Nursing
Assignment: Theories Related to Transcultural Nursing
Training and educating a nurse for present and future assignments can be a daunting task since the trainees need to be equipped with the right kinds and combination of skills that should enable them to excel at offering the best care to the patients. An arguably more challenging task is translating or transferring the lesson learned in a learning environment into practice where the patients must be given the kind of needed care following set standards and procedures (Svavarsdottir et al., 2015). For some time now, we have been learning about transcultural nursing and cultural competency, two nursing contents that are essential in molding more complete nurses. The content already learned about transcultural nursing has added invaluable knowledge to my future nursing practice tool kit. Therefore this reflection paper will expound on how I will implement the already learned lessons into my future nursing practice and illuminate how I will incorporate cultural competence and diversity awareness in both the current and future nursing assignments.
Implementation of Lessons Learned About Transcultural Nursing
Transcultural nursing has, in the last years, been a key aspect of healthcare. It is worth noting that its importance is even growing more with the ever-multiplying multicultural population in the USA. Therefore, the onus is with the nurses to ensure that they are in a position to overcome the challenge of multi-ethnic and multicultural issues and offer the best holistic and individualized care to their patients, irrespective of their backgrounds (Giger & Haddad, 2020). The first way of implementing the lessons is by recognizing and appreciating cultural differences in customs, beliefs, and healthcare values among the patients within my area of operation. Such a move will enable me to develop a strong nurse-patient relationship with my patients, creating an enabling environment for empathy and care, hence better patient outcomes and job satisfaction on my side.
I will also leverage the knowledge acquired when developing holistic care plans for my patients. Holistic care should address a patient’s spiritual, emotional, social, psychological, and physical needs. I will use the lessons learned to identify and meet my patient’s holistic care needs and offer as much individualized care as possible. The individualized care plans will have to account for my patients’ cultural differences, therefore formulating a care plan for my patients will have to be a process that takes care of their cultural values and beliefs hence better care.
Incorporating Cultural Competence and Diversity Awareness
After learning about cultural competence and diversity awareness, the next will be to integrate and embed the same in both my current assignments and in my ideal future roles. Studies have shown that some cases of patient harm and lack of better care arise from language barriers and incompetence. Some of such harms include insufficient medication adherence, adverse medicine interactions, negative medication responses, missed screenings, and misdiagnosis. In my practice, one of the aspects of cultural competence I will want to be alive to is communication which is enhanced by understanding what the patient says, what he/she wants and doesn’t want. Having learned what is needed for cultural competence, I will strive to learn the languages of the minority ethnic groups within the catchment areas of my operation. Learning the languages will help me better communicate with the patients better and learn more about their cultural beliefs and values, and attitudes towards medication and patient care. I will then be able to make individualized care plans.
The lesson on transcultural nursing and cultural competency is a springboard for more holistic patient care without ethnic and racial limits. By applying the lessons learned, I believe I will be a better nurse who serves and treats patients with empathy, care, and respect with the aim of providing the best patient care.
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The purpose of the Course Project is to give the student the opportunity to apply concepts in transcultural nursing by performing a transcultural nursing assessment.
The purpose of Milestone 1 is to identify an adult who is not a relative who is willing to participate in the transcultural assessment and to secure the instructor’s approval for the assessment. Note: The actual assessment does not occur until Milestone 3. It is not a purpose for this assignment.
CO1: Identify theories, concepts, and beliefs related to transcultural nursing. (PO1)
CO2: Communicate effectively with culturally diverse individuals, families, and organizations. (PO3)
CO4: Perform a culturally competent nursing assessment. (PO7)
The entire project is worth 600 points. Milestone 1 is worth 100 points of this total.
You are to submit your completed NR394 Milestone 1 by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. MT, at the end of Week 3.
Requirements and Guidelines
Review the Course Outcomes for this assignment, which are listed above.
Review the guidelines for Milestones 1, 2, and 3, paying particular attention to Milestone 1 for this assignment. The guidelines for all of the Milestones are located in Modules on the left-hand navigation menu. Also, read the Course Project Overview page in Introduction & Resources for more details and helpful tips.
Identify a potential individual who has been living in a culture other than the one of origin for at least 2 years. This individual must be born outside the United States. The individual can be a patient, friend, or colleague, such as a physician, or acquaintance, but cannot be a relative. The individual must be living in your community and must be currently receiving or have previously received healthcare services in your community. The individual’s race, ethnicity, language, religion, and culturally based beliefs about healthcare and illness should be quite different from yours. The individual must speak your language. An interpreter is not permitted for the actual assessment, which occurs in Milestone 3 (Week 6).
Note: This is the same individual for whom you will develop verbal assessment questions in Milestone 2 and whom you will ask those questions in Milestone 3 and then reflect on your learning about the Course Project and the assessment.
Individuals can come from a variety of settings. Recent immigrants, migrant workers, exchange students, international students, long-term care residents, refugees, coworkers, physicians, patients, employees at local ethnic businesses, religious venues, community centers, and individuals who have recently moved to your community are some suggestions. The individual does not need to be a healthcare worker but must have received healthcare services in the country of origin as well as since arriving in the United States. Work with your instructor prior to submitting Milestone 1. Approval must be provided by your instructor before submitting Milestone 1 (this assignment).
Speak with the individual, and obtain permission to conduct an assessment later in the course. Clearly explain that statements made in the assessment will be recorded (written) and submitted to the instructor only. It is not intended for public distribution. Anonymity will be maintained by using first and last initials only. Do not use names in any of your documents.
Download the NR394_Individual_Profile_Template (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.. Although you are not performing the official assessment until Milestone 3, it will be necessary to obtain some general information about your individual to complete Milestone 1. This information may come from the individual or Internet sources.
Fill in information about the potential individual using the template. You are expected to write clearly and use proper grammar and spelling and eliminate typos.
Submit the completed template by the end of Week 3 at 11:59 p.m. MT.
Example: KC was born in Hwidiem, Ghana, a small village in Africa, where he did not graduate from high school. He is 72 years old. He immigrated to the United States at age 28 and has lived in Grove City near Columbus, Ohio since then. Hwidiem is considered the provincial capital (fill in information about the community or city as you can find). He was married but divorced after a traumatic brain injury. Since then, he has had many part-time jobs and studies his Bible faithfully. Grove City is a town in Ohio (fill in information about the city or community). Currently, he receives healthcare for his hypertension control. I met him 3 years ago at a senior citizens’ center where I volunteer.