DQ: What are the methods a nurse can use to gather cultural information from patients?
Family Health Assessment is crucial in identifying the family’s strength and weakness in terms of access to quality and affordable care. The assessment also provides crucial information to the healthcare practitioners on the threats to achieving comprehensive health and general wellness for the whole population. Furthermore, the family assessment prepares nurses especially the Family Nurse Practitioners with the relevant skills required in the assessment of the family health patterns and be able to offer family-based solutions (Peterson-Burch, 2018). The concept has also proved to be instrumental in advancement of genetic interventions in some of the complex conditions.
Each culture may have their own set of values and beliefs that could affect their plan of care (Falkner, 2018). As nurses it is our job to assess our patients. As we have been learning, an assessment of our patients should not just solely be focused on the physical aspect. When we assess our patients, we need to be more open in our discussions. Who are their family members, what drives them, are they willing to learn, do they have any cultural preference’s? I know where I work, one of the questions in our admission assessment is if the patient has any cultural preferences. In this area we can put what religion the patient practices. This way us as healthcare workers can better understand the patient’s choices. When doing this this also gives me the chance to put in a pastoral care consult for the patient as well, if they wish. As healthcare workers it is our job to care for patients regardless of their age, ethnicity, or culture. Of course, we are not going to know about every religion there is and the standard practices in the religion. However, it is expected of us to be respectful of our patients’ choices. If a patient practices a particular religion that you are not familiar with then look it up. There is no reason to be ashamed. Our patients deserve the best care possible; it is our duty to become acquainted with the patients’ beliefs in order to care for them appropriately.
Falkner, Angel. “Cultural Awareness.” Gcumedia.com, 2018, lc.gcumedia.com/nrs429vn/health-promotion-health-and-wellness-across-the-continuum/v1.1/#/chapter/3. Accessed 18 May 2022.