Nursing Barriers

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One of the barriers I have encountered to become a professional nurse was a multicultural issue. In nursing school, I learned how to respect the rights and dignity of all patients. Here in Miami, a cosmopolitan city, I had the opportunity to interact with family and patients from other cultures. In my personal case, I have learned that I do not need to understand all beliefs completely, but I do need to respect them. For example, some manifestations of this barrier were: discrimination, racism, prejudice, religion. I learned how to manage them calling the clients by their names or asking how they wish to be addressed, always demonstrating respect; no making assumptions about other individuals’ beliefs; asking questions about cultural practices in a professional and thoughtful manner, if necessary; and making and effort to gain the client’s trust. Another one was financial barrier. When I came to this country, I was unable to make the payments needed to pay for my classes. I found my personal strengths that I could use in terms of overcoming this barrier. As many people, I had two full time jobs to afford all classes and requirements that I needed to be accepted into the Nursing Program. Besides that, I had financial aid that was very helpful. The last but not least important barrier to become a nurse was the barrier of language. Communication is essential to providing quality patient care. This barrier creates a void in health care quality and safety that has effects on health care professionals. I have never studied English before and it was a strong barrier that I had to face. I passed the six levels of English courses at MDC. I completed them with a great GPA that permitted me to start the Nursing Generic Program but……until today I still improving my second language: “English”.

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