Cultural awareness bias

• What beliefs or behaviors do you see that are different than your own?

After watching the three videos, I can say that I agree with the epitomes of the first video, and that everyone of us should strive to accommodate other cultures especially in professional situations such as within a health care setting. When dealing with individuals’ lives, you must be able to empathize with the patient. The third video was similar yet different than mine or my family’s beliefs. This video shown that a Shaman was mandatory to find the young woman’s soul before surgery and her parents having authority over her despite her being alert and responsive. My family and I believe in praying before doing anything especially before and after surgery, but my parents will not have the say over what I consent over my body unless I have been deemed unresponsive, unfit, or my husband/next of kind is not available.

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• How would you feel if this person were your client, or how would you feel if you worked in this environment?

I’ve realized while working in a clinical setting and having experienced it with an ill elderly grandmother that all over the world, the elderly is tucked away in senior living homes and forgotten about. I know it is extremely difficult to stop everything and care a dying loved one because I was once there. Sometimes the journey gets stressful. The stress of being a care giver can cause mental and physical anguish for care givers of the elderly relative. Hence one of the many reasons why I became extremely involved and empathic with my patients by remembering their names, their preferences, their stories, bringing newspapers, keeping their loved ones informed about their conditions and mostly importantly making them feel loved, respected and appreciated.

• What questions could you ask to help this person to feel most comfortable in your clinical setting?

When I worked in the hospital, I was always interacting with many different cultures, that I always did my best to accommodate to their beliefs. However, it is not uncommon to see patients who present with severe clinical symptoms whom refuse treatment regardless of the accommodations, alternatives and risks presented. It is imperative to take a step back and reflect that the patient may not have the same beliefs or point of view (Drench, Cassidy Noonan, Sharby, & Hallenborg Ventura, 2012). Therefore, keeping an open dialogue of communication about the patient’s preferences, and religious grounds towards medicine is important to obtain patient oriented care. This method involves the patient in their health care managed care during and after. Asking questions such as do they understand the risks, the treatments, alternatives options, health concerns, etc. and what do they expect makes the patient feel in charge and apart of their healing and recovery process.

• Do you think the elderly are mistreated in our society? Our health care system?

Yes, I do believe the elderly are mistreated in our society and our health care system. I worked for a hospital and currently for Medicaid/AHCA, where I’ve seen countless of agencies that come in the office hoping to be approve by falsifying documents, countless medical billing claims of any reasons (AHCA), and countless of elderly individuals being constantly readmitted within 30 days of their first admission (the hospital). Sometimes, some of my patients used to come in with sores, illness or accidents that could have been prevented the first time. Long term health systems that are funded through Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security were intended to support the needs of an aging population especially with the population burst of baby boomer generation. Unfortunately, many of these systems have been demoralized through underfunding and government cut backs causing these services to be the most expensive services for Medicare, next to surgery and hospitalization costs. Also, most organizations within the fields that gear towards providing services for the elderly see them as a number on a spreadsheet and not an actual person. Our health care system needs a reform that will truly take care of our baby boomers now and us in the future.

 

 

References:

 

Drench, M. E., Cassidy Noonan, A., Sharby, N., & Hallenborg Ventura, S. (2012). Psychosocial Aspects of Health Care. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson.

CookRossinc, (2011, January 26). Overcoming Cultural Stereotypes. Retrieved from:

Eyerly, M. (2018, April 1). Grey’s Anatomy Hmong Patient Culture. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDtOEi2OOk0

Samuels, T. (2017, April 2). The Zimmers “My Generation”. Retrieved from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqfFrCUrEbY

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