Week 6: Providing Culturally Competent Nursing Care (graded)

Culturally Competence Nursing Care

Week 6: Providing Culturally Competent Nursing Care (graded)

This week’s graded topics relate to the following Course Outcomes (COs).

  • CO 1 – Utilize prior knowledge of theories and principles of nursing and related disciplines to explain expected client behaviors, while differentiating between normal findings, variations, and abnormalities. (PO 1)
  • CO 2 – Recognize the influence that developmental stages have on physical, psychosocial, cultural, and spiritual functioning. (PO 1)
  • CO 3 – Utilize effective communication when performing a health assessment. (PO 3)


This week you have your choice of three discussion topics! Select the one that most interests you and answer the corresponding questions completely.

Remember to reference both the book or lesson, and an outside scholarly source.

Option #1:

You are the nurse assessing an Orthodox Jewish client with peptic ulcer. The client is strictly religious and refuses to eat the food provided at the health care facility.

  1. Describe how you would further assess and provide care for this client.
  2. What steps could you take to increase your cultural competence, if you were not familiar with this faith?

Option #2:

You are the nurse caring for a client with Crohn’s disease. The client believes he is being punished by God. The client is spiritually distressed and cannot come to terms with the illness.

  1. How would you respond to this client?
  2. What are some identified risk factors for spiritual distress, and recommended interventions?

Option #3:

Describe a time in your clinical nursing practice when you have cared for a client of cultural, religious, or spiritual practices different from your own.

  1. What were some of the challenges you faced caring for this client?
  2. What steps did you take (or could you have taken) to ensure the patient received culturally/spiritually competent care?


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Option 3: challenges of proving culturally competent nursing care. The behaviour of a patient is influenced by his or her cultural backgrounds. In my nursing practice, I once cared for a patient with brain tumour who refused to take food and the prescribed analgesic due to her cultural beliefs. She insisted that she can only use herbal medicines from her traditional medicine men. One of the challenges that I faced when caring for this patient is that I did not know how to make culturally sensitive communication with the patient. Therefore, the patient was not satisfied with her perception and experience of the nursing care. This increased……….

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