NR 394 Reflection on Transcultural Nursing

NR 394 Reflection on Transcultural Nursing

NR 394 Reflection on Transcultural Nursing

This has been one of the most beneficial classes in my journey to complete my BSN.  I have been a nurse for 23 years and working on my BSN on and off for 6 years.  This is my last discussion post as I am finally done.  In the next few years, I plan on moving out of the Continental U.S.  I will likely land in one of the U.S. Virgin Islands, but I have not ruled out other locations.  My husband and I will be living on a catamaran, so I have the option to see and experience nursing in a variety of settings and locations.  Having an understanding of the importance of culture and how that impacts health and others’ perception of health is essential in providing care that I am comfortable giving and others are comfortable receiving.

Our reading this week speaks to human trafficking its global impact.  This is something I have been aware of from a patient care aspect, but I never considered I should be concerned for my own safety if seeking employment abroad.  Definitely something to be conscious of.  Also, having an understanding that when working abroad I will be perceived as a visitor is also important to understand.  Being comfortable to ask questions about culture in order to understand what is important for delivering respectful and culturally competent care is essential.  Having a respectful curiosity about cultural beliefs will hopefully help build trust even if seen as a visitor.  I am excited for the journey ahead of me.

We made it to Week 8! Congratulations! This week’s lesson focuses on assessment and care for patients at end of life.

Discussion: Remember that the final discussion will close on Saturday, as stated in the course Syllabus. Be sure complete your posts by Saturday at 11:59 p.m. MT.

Evaluation: As we near the end of our session, I would like to remind you to please complete your End of Course survey. Thank you!

Week 8 Course Outcomes

CO 2: Differentiate between normal and abnormal health assessment findings. (PO 4)

CO 3: Describe physical, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual influences on an individual’s health status. (PO 4)

CO 6: Demonstrate caring and professional behavior and during patient interactions. (POs 6, 7)

I have really enjoyed our time together and I hope you have found this course to be interesting, and to have enhanced your nursing practice in some way. I wish you all the best in your future endeavors.

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I really learnt a lot this past 8 weeks. This is one of the classes I will not take for granted for it has shaped me when it

NR 394 Reflection on Transcultural Nursing
NR 394 Reflection on Transcultural Nursing

comes to cultural competence. I am a new grad nurse and this class has really opened my eyes during my research projects. Where I work, we have people of different cultural background and sometimes it is difficult to understand them. Knowing the importance of culture will help me communicate with my patients better and make sure that they are also respected according to their culture.

I plan to learn more about the different cultures and also implement what I have learned so far at work. I will avoid making assumptions, I will question any assumptions I have about cultures that are not my own and make an effort to either prove or disprove the assumption and turn it into knowledge. I will also practice active listening when individuals of different racial or cultural backgrounds are involved. It’s essential for we as nurses to build trust with our patients, regardless of ethnic or racial backgrounds. However, treating culturally diverse patients require a heightened level of trust to be established, which can become even more difficult when there’s a language barrier. Determining my own strengths and weaknesses when it comes to working with people and taking care of patients who come from different cultures is probably one of the most important ways that will help improve my cultural competence.

Many thanks for sharing your thoughts about what you learned as far as transcultural nursing is concern, the past eight weeks have not only been productive but also molding as individuals are better equipped with skills of engaging in transcultural nursing care as well as being culturally competent as a nurse. Cultural competency is one aspect of nursing that every nurse needs to not only understand but acquire (Giger & Haddad, 2020). Our country is continually receiving immigrants from various cultural backgrounds; the implication is that as a nurse, there are very high chances of offering care to people from different cultural backgrounds. As such, there is no better time for a nurse to be culturally competent than now. One of the things I learned is that no cultural belief or practice is inferior to another, therefore as a nurse, we need to understand that these cultural beliefs and practices impact on individual’s attitudes and behavior towards care efforts, hence by respecting and appreciating them, a nurse stands a better chance of offering more effective care.

I agree with you on the strategies you have selected concerning how you will use transcultural nursing skills going forward. I like the suggestion to stop making an assumption. Assumptions are not the best way to know the truth about a matter; therefore, the effort of questioning the existing assumptions about other cultures is a good point to start from. Seeking to unearth myths and truths about other people’s culture not only allows an individual to have a different perspective (usually better) but to also assist in cultivating trust.  I believe developing a positive attitude towards a different culture and deliberate efforts to strengthen areas of weakness regarding transcultural nursing aspects can be vital in improving an individual’s cultural competence.

 

References

Giger, J. N., & Haddad, L. (2020). Transcultural nursing-e-book: Assessment and intervention. Elsevier Health Sciences.

As I am completing this course, I am reflecting and thinking about how I would implement the lessons learned in this course. I have been a nurse for 14 years. I have specialized in psychiatric nursing. I have worked as a psych nurse for eleven years. This course has reinforced my belief that I am doing what I am supposed to be doing.

Working with people that are mental ill or have addictions, has taught me to humble myself and listen to people. It has taught me a lot about myself and own traumas. This course helped me to become more empathetic towards different cultures. Not that I wasn’t empathic, just helped me to become happy about what I do and why I do it.

I know that I need to go forward. I have a passion to help teach those who do not know or understand. I truly believe that knowledge is power. I want to empower people. I am thinking about going on and completing my Masters. When I started, I didn’t even want to complete my BSN. This program has taught me to be a better nurse and I want to help other nurses become better nurses (even if it is not in psych).