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Consideration of Heritage
Carolyn E. Armstrong
Grand Canyon University: NRS-429V Family Centered Health Promotion
October 5, 2014

Consideration of Heritage Many different cultural backgrounds have integrated into our society, as we know it today. Cultural diversity is growing by record numbers in the United States, and providing healthcare to this growing population becomes more complicated due to the diverse needs of individuals. As our population diversifies our healthcare delivery systems must evolve to be able to manage a new set of cultural, and ethical dilemmas. Identification of personal preferences and needs of our patients will aid in the positive outcomes and implementation of care. This is why it is important to not only understand the general practices and needs of our patient’s culture, but also have a firm grasp of our own beliefs and how we view and perceive other cultures. In the following, discussion of three different cultures will be explored and compared. The American Nurses’ Association’s code of ethics states “the profession’s commitment is to provide service to people regardless of background or situation”. (ANA, 1985) The diversity of our country is growing as the population as a whole increases. Healthcare today is faced with new challenges with regard to patient care due to the cultural differences and health beliefs. Heritage assessment is now a standard assessment that is integrated to ensure the proper care of an individual as a whole person and not just a patient with signs and symptoms. Many different beliefs and traditions need to be considered, as well as socio-economic status, family support systems, disability, and religion. All of these factors can contribute to the health and welfare of the individual. As nurses, we have an opportunity to bridge the gap and improve patient outcomes. Gaining the basic knowledge of…...

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