University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh
Understanding a patient’s culture plays an important role in nursing care. To preserve a patient’s cultural belief, accommodate the practice and develop new patterns at the same time respecting their values, can sometimes be challenging. However, this process needs to be understood and acknowledged for the patient’s well-being.
Sunrise Model: East Indian
Providing culturally sensitive care is pertinent in nursing practice. Each patient is individually unique just as their culture and beliefs. Understanding their religion will help with their treatment plan and accomplish a positive outcome.
Health Care Practices of the East Indian Culture
Understanding the Ayurveda concept of health “the science of life” is an important factor for most Indians. This practice emphasizes on physical, mental, and spiritual health. They believe physical ailments, stress and karma are the causes of one’s disease. According to Molina Healthcare, “Majority of Indians treatment for illness mostly involves changes in diet, herbal remedies, massage, application of oil to key areas and rest” (Gordon, Bernadett, Evans, Shapiro & Patel, 2007).
Culturally Congruent Care
The nurse should talk to Vaidya and acquire about her culture. Preserving a patient’s cultural beliefs can be done through acquiring details regarding their culture and facilitating their choices as long as it does not pose a risk or threat to their well-being. Exploring a patient’s culture and attempting to understand it may be difficult, but in doing so, nurses can understand the reason behind decisions made. Meaningful communication is based on respect of one’s culture and the nurse-patient relationship. Accommodation
When planning a patient’s treatment plan, nurses should negotiate or accommodate request made by the...