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Nursing 101: Ethical/Spiritual Conflicts
Transcript of Nursing 101: Ethical/Spiritual Conflicts
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.
HOW TO AVOID THEM:
-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.