Cultural Competence




Takingcare of American patients proved to be challenging due to thecultural difference. There are some assumptions I could make about mypatients but later discover that they were different (In Stanhope &ampIn Lancaster, 2014). However, as a nurse working far away from myhome country, I was prepared to embrace different cultures ofdifferent people.

Myfirst example was when I was taking care of a person from differentreligion. The person was admitted with severe headache, and welearned that she was brought to the hospital by force since sheargued that her faith did not allow her to take medicine. She claimedthat her condition would get better through believing. Ourpsychiatric counselors talked to her and convinced her to accept ourmedication for once since her condition was getting worse.

Iwas the immediate nurse attending the patient, and I thought all wasgoing as planned until I discovered that the patient was not takingher medicine. My assumption was that she would take her medicineright and I was not concerned to inspect her since in my Chineseculture it is disrespectful to look at a person directly in the eyeswhile giving prescriptions or directions. The patient used thisopportunity to throw the medicine through the ward’s window andpretended by drinking plain water.

Wehad to look for the patients spouse who then came and ordered thedoctors to consider injections instead and claimed that his wife’sreligion endangered the lives of their children. The husband insistedthat he took the children for vaccination by force since neglectcould lead to regrets in the end. It was overwhelming and sad at thesame time to learn that some religious groups that reject medicaltreatment (In Stanhope &amp In Lancaster, 2014). However, I washappy that the person was treated and recovered three days later.


InStanhope, M., &amp In Lancaster, J. (2014). Publichealth nursing: Population-centered health care in the community.