Culturally sensitive Care
As a Christian nurse, I recognize how important it is to understand the cultural reservations of my patients. A cultural assessment tool becomes an important component in uncovering the cultural differences and formulating a culturally sensitive response to their different needs. Such a tool clearly communicates patients` cultural preferences such as those concerning space, eye contact, touch, time consciousness, communication in terms of rights to refuse medication among other preferences (Nursing 2005 Career Directory, 2005). Knowledge of these preferences boosts the nurse`s self- efficacy and assists the nurse to make decisions that are respectful to the culture such as allowing the nurse to assign Muslim male caregivers to male patients in regard to touching certain par...