Chapter 20. Cultural Practices Influencing Nursing Care

Cultural practices and beliefs are passed down from generation to generation. The United States has always been a melting pot of varying cultural groups. Today more than ever, nurses must be aware of traditional medicine practices and cultural beliefs that influence healthcare. Migration trends indicate that one in three Americans is an ethnic minority. Understanding your own views and those of the client, while avoiding stereotyping the client, are an integral part of client care. The NCLEX exam has changed to reflect these differences in client populations. This chapter explores cultural differences including environmental, social, religious, communication, space, and time differences ...

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