NUR 601 9-1 Journal
As an advanced practice nurse, reflect on some ways that you could support health promotion in populations such as LGBT, ethnic groups, and lower socioeconomic status? In your reflection, analyze the social determinants of health. How do cultural factors impact health promotion strategies?
According to WHO, health is a fundamental human right. Populations such as the LGBT, lower social-economic status, and ethnic groups deserve to attain the highest possible health standards. However, there have been health disparities in these populations. Through the health promotion activities, the advanced practice nurses enhance the knowledge of wellness and illness of a population. Advance practice nurses should have cultural competence and should be able to refer patients to necessary support services.
The social determinants of health contribute to the longstanding disparities in health among the LGBT, ethnic groups, and social-economic status group populations. The social determinants of health include socioeconomic status, physical environment, education, and social support networks (Orgera and Artiga, 2018). As an advanced practice nurse, one of the ways that I will use to overcome the social determinants of health is to ask the patient about the social challenges they are facing in a caring and sensitive way. This will make the patients feel comfortable and forthcoming, leading to accurate diagnosis hence better care. I will also refer the patients and assist them in accessing the support services. Connecting them to the resources they need will help in addressing the social determinants.
Culture directly impacts the perception of illness, death, and the belief about what causes death. The most common cultural issues are religion and faith. Different religions have different views regarding the LGBT group (Cain 2018). The approach used in promoting health among this population may be different if anchored on religion. While attending to patients, I will give the best services by being culturally competent. With cultural competence, I will be emphatic, and I will be able to relate with many patients, and I will get a chance to attend t all their deep needs.
- Adhanom Ghebreyesus, D. (2017). Health is a fundamental human right. Who.int. Retrieved 21 September 2021, from https://www.who.int/news-room/commentaries/detail/health-is-a-fundamental-human-right.
- Cain, C. L., Surbone, A., Elk, R., & Kagawa-Singer, M. (2018). Culture and palliative care: preferences, communication, meaning, and mutual decision making. Journal of pain and symptom management, 55(5), 1408-1419.https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0885392418300277