In this paper I will be identifying beliefs and values common to my family of origin. I will be using Purnell's Model of cultural competency and will explain the major assumptions of the model in relevance to my culture. The purpose of this paper is to provide the reader with a quick overview of the Asian Indian culture. One must be aware of their own culture and the culture of others in order to offer competent and culturally sensitive care and understand how their cultural beliefs may affect their health. (Leuning, Swiggum, Wiegert, and McCullough-Zander, 2002).
With the United States becoming increasingly diverse, healthcare professionals face a multicultural clients and it is important for health care providers to learn about different culture and beliefs of the clients. In this paper I will be providing a brief overview of my own culture, which originates from India, Asia. I will be using the Purnell's model of cultural competency and will explain the beliefs and values of my culture. The Purnell's model has a schematic combined with an organizing framework and is applicable to all healthcare disciplines in all practice settings (Purnell, 2002). Description of the Model
Purnell's model is a circle with an outer ring representing the global society, a second ring representing the Community and the third ring which represents Family. The innermost ring represents the person and it is then divided into 12 pie shaped wedges symbolizes 12 cultural domains and their concepts. Purnell (2005), explains that these domains do not stand alone and every domain interacts and is affected by all other domains. The center of the model is a dark circle which represents the unknown aspects of the culture itself. At the bottom of the model is a saw-toothed line depicting the concept of cultural consciousness. 12 Domains relating to Asian Indian Culture
Overview/Heritage.: I finished my high school in India and...