Before studying the information this week, I thought that most homeless people had substance abuse problems and mental disorders. I learned this week that that is not always the case. The movie Pursuit of Happyness gave me some insight into the situations that homeless people face every day. I also realized that sometimes bad things happen to people and they can’t change them no matter how hard they work. I gained much more respect and compassion for this culture this week. I specifically researched the homeless culture and healthcare. It’s really hard for anyone of this culture to have access to healthcare because of money, transportation, insurance, and phones. Many people in this culture don’t seek medical attention until the problem is out of control. I also learned that most of the diseases seen in this culture are chronic and usually not managed well. I will use this information in my nursing career by being respectful and compassionate to people of this culture, listening and trying to understand their situation, and providing the most realistic discharge teaching possible.
Before this week in class, all I knew about the Jehovah’s Witnesses was that they didn’t take blood transfusions and that they really liked knocking on my door when I was growing up. I learned that there is much more to them than just that this week. I specifically researched a lot about their policies on holidays and birthdays. The only holiday they celebrate is Christ’s death. They believe that every other holiday is a Pagan holiday and they try to stick with how the first-generation Christians worshiped. I also learned this week that they don’t believe in participating in war or politics. I think that would be a very hard thing to do, especially during times of war. I thought that it was rather courageous of them to stick to their beliefs and refuse to fight during WWII. This information will all be very helpful in providing nursing care to people of this culture. I now have a lot more knowledge of and respect for this culture.
This week in Transcultural Nursing we studied the LDS culture. Because UVU is in Utah, the LDS culture is one that is seen frequently in the clinical setting. I was raised and am still part of the LDS culture, but it was still nice to study the subject and share my thoughts with my classmates.
During the week, I did some research on the Word of Wisdom (the LDS set of dietary restrictions). The LDS culture has restrictions on coffee, tea, alcohol, tobacco, and illegal drugs. It is also advised that people follow portion size, don’t waste food, and don’t overindulge. The LDS culture also participates in fasting every month to show self-control and humility. The money saved on food while fasting is donated to the less fortunate. The Word of Wisdom is discussed in the LDS book of scripture called The Doctrine and Covenants in Section 89. One of people in my group mentioned all the things that the money saved while fasting can be used for: natural disaster relief, clean water, wheelchairs, and immunizations.
One of the people in my group also mentioned the LDS culture’s view on family. The LDS church leaders have been seen a lot in the media lately defending their stand point on the family. The culture believes that marriage is between a man and woman lawfully wedded as husband and wife. The LDS culture also believes that males and females have separate and defined roles in the family unit. Men should provide and protect the family. Women are responsible for the caring for and nurturing children. All of this information can be found in the document The Family: A Proclamation to the World.
This week I learned how broad of a term cultural diversity really is. I did some research on cultural diversity in palliative care. One of the articles I read said that one of the best ways to provides culturally competent care is to identify your own prejudices, gain knowledge about cultures, and apply the skills and information you have learned. It’s also very important to ask the patient what is important to them and how they would like to be cared for.
This week I also got to watch the movie The Good Lie. I really enjoyed this movie. It was the story of The Lost Boys of Sudan. The movie was able to depict how important it is for people to adjust to new cultures and situations in order to care for and love each other. Throughout a lot of the movie I was annoyed because the professionals didn’t want to get too involved with the men they were caring for. I will never do this in my nursing career. I want my patients to feel comfortable in expressing cares and concerns to me and I want to be willing to listen.
My name is Tara Taylor. I was born in Alamosa, Colorado. I am the oldest child and have one sister and two brothers. I am currently engaged and will be getting married on May 30th. I am creating this journal to keep track of my learning and experiences in my Transcultural Nursing class. I’m taking this class to help me become a better nurse and to count as credit towards my BSN.
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