NR 394 Transcultural Nursing
You will use the same approved population and health problem for all the Project Check-Ins and Course Project Parts 1,(American Indians/Alaska Natives ).
Conduct a culturally focused nursing assessment of the identified population in your area, clinical practice, or community by answering the following questions in detail.
Assignment contents include:
Community Cultural Needs
Describe specific culture/ethnic population selected in detail. Utilize scholarly resources to validate your answers.
Preferred name of the culture/population by members
Health practices (may include illness beliefs, symptom management, birth practices, death practices
Spiritual practices and preferences
Describe rationale for selecting this population.
Describe a cultural/ethnic need within your area, clinical practice, or community.
Describe a health issue from your chosen cultural population that is based on the Leading Health Indicator (LHI) priorities from Healthy People in detail.
Details of the Health Issue
Describe how the health issue is based on the Leading Health Indicator (LHI) priorities from Healthy People.
Describe the reason why the health issue was selected.
Why it is important to focus on this health issue?
How can this content be related to clinical practice in general?
How do the cultural community needs and details of the health issue impact your area, clinical practice, or community?
After you have developed your responses, type your responses directly in your saved Course Project Part 1 Template.
NR 394 Transcultural Nursing
Week 3: Course Project Part 1
Directions: Prior to completing this template, carefully review Week 3: Course Project Part 1 Directions paying attention to how to name the document and all rubric requirements.
Your Name: __________________________
Community Cultural Need
- Describe specific culture/ethnic population selected in detail. Utilize scholarly sources to validate your answers.
- Preferred name of the culture/population by members
- Health practices (may include illness beliefs, symptom management, birth practices, death practices)
- Spiritual practices and preferences
Alaska Natives often refer to themselves using their specific tribe identities, e.g., Yupik. Meanwhile, American Indians may use terms, such as ‘Indian’ or ‘Native,’ but when outsiders use them, they risk being culturally insensitive and derogatory (Chavoustie, 2021). Hence, the term ‘Native Americans’ is the most acceptable. Health practices vary across tribes, but most rely on traditional healers (Stringer, 2018). However, the majority agree with certain aspects of modern medicine, such as blood transfusion and organ donation. The members believe that healing power comes from the earth, hence the need to walk in harmony with nature and the universe.
- Describe rationale for selecting this population.
This population is an ethnic minority and hence faces systemic injustices in healthcare. The members also have peculiar cultural and medical practices that generate unique health needs. Thus, understanding the population enhances overall cultural competency in healthcare service delivery.
- Describe a cultural/ethnic need within your area, clinical practice, or community.
Language is an essential cultural need in nursing. Specifically, there are Hispanic community members who do not know English. Thus, the care facility provides resources to enable communication between patients and caregivers.
- Describe the approved health issue from your chosen cultural population.
Obesity is rampant among American Indians/Alaska Natives. The population faces a higher risk of obesity than other communities. A combination of genetic, behavioral, and historical factors contributes to the problem.
Details of the Health Issue
- Describe how the health issue is based on the Leading Health Indicator (LHI) priorities from Healthy People.
One of the leading health indicators pertains to nutrition, physical activity, and obesity. The indicator’s priorities include improving dietary habits and activity levels. The population does not meet these guidelines, resulting in widespread obesity-related health concerns.
- Describe the reason why the health issue was selected.
Obesity captures the population’s health pattern (lifestyle, medical practices, and beliefs) and the healthcare system’s response. Therefore, it allows one to explore the interaction of culture, modern healthcare services, and policies in community health promotion.
- Why it is important to focus on this health issue?
Obesity has lowered the population’s quality of life. Comorbidities, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and hypertension, are common. Hence, it is important to address obesity since it will require cultural, medical, and leadership competence to improve health outcomes.
- How can this content be related to clinical practice in general?
The information provides a basis for widespread intervention creation and development for communities with similar needs. It also allows healthcare practitioners and leaders to develop systems that cater to minorities, such as remote access and health literacy promotion. Thus, implementing the practical interventions will afford the ethnically diverse American community better overall health policies and services.
- How do the community cultural needs and details of the health issue impact your area, clinical practice, or community?
The community’s cultural needs impact the need for enhanced skill and knowledge. Healthcare practitioners must be conversant with the population’s beliefs, health practices, and traditions to facilitate effective health-promoting interactions. There must also be policies to offset the disparities that hinder the community’s well-being. This impact culminates in the development of an integrative, evidence-based protocol to improve the community’s healthcare outcomes.
Chavoustie, C. T. (2021, Mar. 15). ‘Native American’ or ‘American Indian’? How to Talk About Indigenous People of America. https://www.healthline.com/health/native-american-vs-american-indian
Stringer, H. (2018). The healing power of heritage. Monitor on Psychology, 49(2), 44. https://www.apa.org/monitor/2018/02/cover-healing-heritage