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Describe the healthcare needs of a minority group in your city or town.

  • Briefly describe the characteristics of the minority group.
  • What opportunities do you see for improving the health of this group?
  • How would you communicate their healthcare needs to people of authority? Use titles instead of names to identify these individuals.
  • What is the role of the BSN-prepared nurse in enhancing communication skills related to cultural needs of this minority population?
week 4
Common Illnesses and the Use of CAM (graded)

Our patients come to us after exploring various avenues of self-help. At times, these avenues involve the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) therapies. Select a common (or not so common) illness/ or condition that affects a specific ethnic group/ or cultural group or vulnerable population.

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  1. Name the condition/ or illness and the group/ or population.
  2. Identify two (2) CAM therapies that patients are likely to try before seeking (or in addition to) allopathic, osteopathic, or ayurvedic medical intervention for the illness or /condition.
  3. Discuss the effectiveness of each therapy you identified.
  4. Describe how you would answer an individual who asks you for your professional advice about the use of these CAM therapies.

Note: Do not discuss an illness/ or condition about which a classmate has already posted. The diversity will lead to a more robust discussion. There are many examples you may discuss, including sickle- cell disease in African Americans, constipation in the elderly people, or the use of Reiki for mental and emotional healing by Japanese people. Think of others from your practice settings or prelicensure experiences.


week 5
Transcultural Perspectives Across Lifespan (graded)

Select and read ONE of the chapters of particular interest to you listed in Assignments under Required Readings. Discuss what information you should obtain to develop and implement culturally appropriate care plans for an individual of this group. A brief case study or exemplar may be one way to present your information. For example, how would you provide culturally- appropriate care for an elderly female who is Muslim and presents to the Emergency Department with chest pain?


week 6
Standards of Practice (graded)

The basis for our lesson this week came from the Standards of Practice for Culturally Competent Nursing Care Executive Summary, Transcultural Nursing Society: http://www.tcns.org/TCNStandardsofPractice.html.

Your nursing leader has decided that the department needs to better incorporate these Standards of Practice for Culturally Competent Nursing Care into the nursing care delivery model at your organization. There are 12 Standards.

  • Read the Executive Summary.

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