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Heritage and Culture Differences in Families Jennifer M. Rinoldi, RN
Grand Canyon University: NRS- 429V-0500
April 09, 2015

The United States is full of many diverse cultures from all around the world and is known as the “melting pot”. Culture can be defined as the beliefs, arts, customs etc, of a specific society or group, place or time. Each and every culture is very unique in itself and are composed of many different sets of values, beliefs, religion and traditions. These all can contribute to an individual’s choices and behaviors can ultimately influence how a person cares for themselves during times of illness, how they perceive illness, and how they may seek healthcare. Some cultures may have a close knit family where an individual in the family may be in designated to take charge of care of the ill family member, some may care for themselves alone and not decided to seek medical attention, some cultures may believe in herbal healing, and some may seek out a medical doctor for treatment. This all boils down to culture, and affects the overall health status of the individual and therefore imperative for nurses to understand not only their own beliefs but also have an idea of other cultures to provide culturally competent care. Culturally competent care is defined as

In this paper I used the heritage assessment modelwill discuss three different families and compare and contrast the differences between in culture and how it may differ in choices made related to healthcare approaches. I will be referring to these families by their first and last initials to keep their information confidential. The E.H Family Asian American women have the longest life expectancy in the U.S out of any other ethnic group, living an average of 85.8 years of age with the national average in the U.S being approximately 78.8 years old.…...

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