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Cultural Sensitivity Communication
Norma Bedford
Grand Canyon University
Theoretical Foundation for Nursing Roles and Practice
NUR 502
Joy Whitlatch, MSN, CRNI
November 16, 2010

Cultural Sensitivity Communication
The healthcare field has become increasing cultural diversity as the world becomes smaller with continues significant influx of a diverse populations into our communities. Learning to handle feeling of prejudices and discrimination need to be address, helping people with language and religious barriers and provide healthcare education, which is a major factor in recovery and follow-up care Potential misunderstanding, deeply rooted attitudes can manifested unconscious behaviors can impair a person’s performance on the job or patient treatment. This paper bought to mind an article, Cultural Consideration for Haitian Patients, which I found in NurseWeek magazine (Etienne & Paviovich, 2010, p. 44). Theoretical Basis for Nursing, also speaks of the shift occurring in United States population demographics which is resulting in the concept of culture and the increase of cultural diversity (McEwen & Willis, 2011, p. 264).This article shows the real and perceived conflicts of interest that relates to care when they came to the United States for treatments and their reason for their care decisions. Summary of Article

The article spoke of two Haitian immigrants of the fastest growing immigrant communities in the United States coming to the United States for medical care. Geographical, cultural and ethnic factors influence the belief, values and practices of Haitian culture. Haitians beliefs focus on spirituality, care for close and extended family and divine predestination. The culture believes in “Good Health” and there is limited preventive care and silence in regards visible disease and disability (Etienne & Paviovich, 2010, p. 44). Haitians speak Haitian Creole and French. In Haiti, a wide gap exists between...
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