July 2006, Volume 36 Number 7 , p 20 - 21
WELLS, JO NELL RN, OCN, PHD; CAGLE, CAROLYN SPENCE RNC, PHD; BRADLEY, PATRICIA J. RN, MSN, DNS
CARING FOR MEXICAN or Mexican-American patients, a large and growing cultural group in the United States, is challenging but rewarding. You can better meet their health care needs by understanding and addressing their cultural values. In this article, we'll give you practical advice that will help you do this.
Besides filling in gaps in your patient's knowledge about health care, you need to understand his fear of discrimination and, if he's in the United States illegally, fear of deportation. These fears, along with language and financial barriers, may also have made him put off seeking health care. Consequently, he may be acutely ill by the time he enters the health care system.
To provide culturally sensitive care, you'll need to acknowledge and incorporate his cultural values into your nursing care. These values include respeto, personalismo, ...