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Nursing 101: Ethical/Spiritual Conflicts

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Tara DeRosa

on 18 March 2013

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Transcript of Nursing 101: Ethical/Spiritual Conflicts

Created by: Tara, Delainie, Ashley & Leslee K- What We Know W- What We Want to Know L- What We Learned A- How We Can Apply This 1. What cultural issues are likely to arise during medical treatment?

2. What religious issues are likely to arise during medical treatment?

3. How do you avoid issues that may arise due to certain cultural/religious beliefs? CULTURAL ISSUES:
-Eye contact is an issue among certain cultures. Asian, Indo-Chinese, American Indian, Arab and Appalachian cultures take eye contact as a sign of aggression and disrespect.
-In some Asian cultures it is impolite to touch a person's head because that is where they believe the spirit resides.
-Male and female healthcare providers are prohibited to touch certain body parts of the opposite sex in Arab and Hispanic cultures.
-Latin American, Middle East, and Japanese cultures sometimes have an issue with personal space.

-Jehovah's Witnesses do not allow blood transfusions.
-Many people of Christian or Catholic faith prohibit abortion.

-In the article titled "Bridging the Gap", an understanding of the cultural background of the patient proved to be an important factor in diagnosing and treating different diseases.
-Communicating with the patient and understanding their unique cultural and religious background is important to prevent crossing cultural or religious boundaries. - Spiritual/Ethical Conflicts in Nursing -The world is very diverse. Different cultures and religions allow certain medical practices to be performed and prohibit others.
-Nurses must respect the wishes of the patient they are treating, even if it means the refusal of treatment.
-Nurses must treat all patients with respect and must not pass judgement, even if the nurse's beliefs contradict those of the patient.
-The primary role of a nurse is to care for the patient and respect his/her wishes even if they conflict with their own personal values or those of the family. -Communication is VERY important between the patient and the nurse.
-It is beneficial to learn about different cultures and religions on your own so that you have a solid background knowledge.
-We all have our own beliefs. It is very important not to pass judgement on those of others. The body language you give off can affect the level of comfort of a patient or how they communicate with you. As a nurse, you need to be as caring as possible and respect each individual's cultural/religious beliefs.
-It is important to learn and understand the different cultural, religious, and personal beliefs that vary from patient to patient so that you can adjust how you treat the patient.
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