Cultural and Spirituality: A Cuban Jehovah Witness Case Study

Cultural and Spirituality: A Cuban Jehovah Witness
This paper gives a cultural and spiritual assessment of a Cuban Jehovah's Witness from the nursing profession's point of view.
# 106199 | 2,449 words | 14 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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Culture is one of the defining concepts of nursing and is becoming more of an issue as demographics and population shift in the United States. If nurses are to provide truly holistic care, they must be prepared to cross the cultural divide and care for patients in the manner that they prefer. Understanding that there is vast diversity within every cultural group, nurses must rise above the stereotypes of any particular culture. Cultural and spiritual assessment is an important step towards providing safe, effective care with optimal outcomes. This paper discusses this point of view through the case study of a Cuban Jehovah's Witness.

Literature Review
Cultural Assessment
Client History/Overview
Family Roles and Organization
Biocultural Ecology
High-Risk Behaviors
Pregnancy and Childbearing Practices
Death Rituals
Health Care Practices
Health Care Practitioners
Spiritual Assessment
F: Faith or Beliefs
I: Importance and Influence
C: Community
A: Address/Application

From the Paper:

" Rice and beans provide the staple of the diet at home. It is customary for them to have bread at every meal. Salads are rarely served. Yucca and fried plantains are served with meals at least three times per week. In order for her to feel cared for, IH would desire a visit from the dietician. She does not really like vegetables and prefers her meals to be mostly carbohydrates. IH purchases and prepares all of the meals for her family. Cooking is not considered the males role. They do eat at restaurants occasionally on the weekends. Restaurant food choices include Mexican, Italian, and Chinese. They abstain from foods containing blood, which results in a predominately vegetarian diet. Fish is acceptable. Her dietary patterns would be highly considered in her care planning. She would be offended if she was served the traditional regular hospital breakfast of bacon and eggs."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Andrews, M. (1992). Cultural Perspectives in Nursing int he 21st Centruy. Journal of Professional Nursing , 8 (1), 7-15.
  • Baldonado, A., & Beymer, P. (1998, January-June). Transcultural Nursing Practice Described by Registered Nurses and Baccalaureate Nursing Students. Journal of Transcultural Nursing , 15-25.
  • Boykin, A., & Schoenhofer, S. (2001). Nursing as Caring. Sudbury, Maasachusetts: Jones and Bartlett.
  • Herbsman, H. (2001). Jehovah's Witnesses: the Surgical/Ethical Challenge. Journal of American Medical Association , 256 (21), 2471-2073.
  • Muncy, J. (1996, September/October). Muncy Comprehensive Spiritual Assessment. American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care , 44-45.

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