Module 5 and 6 Discussion: Western Medicine and Diverse Healing Practices
Directions: Some components of western medicine are melorism, dominance over nature, activism, timeliness, therapeutic aggression, future orientation and standardization. For this assignment, select a culture that is represented in your workplace or one in a prior workplace.
Based on the information in Modules 5 and 6, submit the following:
Select two of the components of western medicine and discuss a scenario (fiction or nonfiction) when those components can negatively affect patient outcomes. Ensure the elements in the readings are discussed in this assignment. Also, discuss how this experience with healing practices was foreign to western medicine and your nursing practice in relation to protecting or maintaining health with this culture. Give specific examples on how the interaction have been more culturally sensitive?
Discuss and reflect on what you learned relating to this culture and the healing practice during your experience
Discuss your experience and how you would apply an ethical principle.
Your submission should be at least 4-5 paragraphs, 3-5 sentences each, and cover the information listed above.
Submission: Post an original thread in the discussion board. It should not be an attachment or written in APA format, but be sure to cite your sources within your post using the correct APA format. Reply to three classmate’s postings to obtain all your points.
Grading: This discussion, along with the Module 6 discussion have been merged and are now worth 100 points and will be graded using the Module 5 and 6 Nursing Discussion rubric. Use the information in the rubric as a guide toward successful completion of this module’s discussion.
Western medicine is a system whereby medical doctors and other healthcare providers, such as nurses, therapists, and pharmacists, treat diseases using radiation, surgery, or drugs (National Cancer Institute n.d.). This system is essential. It is used worldwide by different cultures, such as French.
Components of Western Medicine Discussing a Scenario When These Components
May Negatively Affect the Patient Outcomes
Activism is one of the components in western medicine that reoccurs from the identity of a physician as a professional and a moral agent in the society whose duty is to reduce suffering, treat diseases, and promote the wellbeing and health of the society. When medical activists looking forward to fighting for their rights and are exposed to trauma, they can re-expose patients who could have had a history of trauma leading to patient relapse. Another component in western medicine is timeliness which enables a healthcare provider to deliver services within a time framework and offer care quickly after identifying a need (Alana Jenkins 2019). A scenario where a healthcare provider cannot balance between delivering high-quality care and being on time with other appointments due to unexpected circumstances can leave the patient frustrated and hurt them emotionally and mentally.
How The Experience with Healing Practices Was Foreign to The Western Medicine
And My Nursing Practice
Experience in activism was new in western medicine, and my nursing practice in that physicians had limited understanding of activist roles and social movements. French culture was fully incorporated into western medicine, thus becoming sensitive. For example, patients have to access complete treatment, and barriers such as legal restrictions, language barriers, and health belief differences have been confronted. On the other hand, experience in timeliness was foreign in that the treatment pattern of children differed from that of adults, with children having to wait for four days longer than adults for appointments. Timeliness has become culturally sensitive whereby it has become a general rule which has to be followed by everyone. For instance, when a healthcare provider meets the patient at an agreed time, it is regarded as a sign of respect and appreciation of the patient’s social context.
What I Learned Relating to the Culture and Healing Practice during My Experience
During my healing practice, I learned that cultural competence is a virtue in the field of medicine. Cultural competence highlights the significance of healthcare providers understanding that their patients from other cultures may acquire poor health care due to communication breakdowns. Cultural competence is thus important for care providers.
My Experience and How I Would Apply Ethical Principle
Through my nursing practice, I can clarify illnesses based on the cultural background and illness perception and help patients with proper treatment in their recovery process. Therefore, I would apply the nonmaleficence ethical principle by weighing its benefits against its burdens in all interventions and treatments (Varkey 2021). This would help me in choosing the best course of action for my patient.