Cultural Interwareness, Cultural Awareness And Cultural Communication In Healthcare

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For the purpose of this assignment the student will critique video A ‘interpreting the message’ and discuss the issue of language barriers and patient interpretation in delivering culturally sensitive care from the view point of the healthcare professional. The student will discuss these issues in relation to cultural competence, cultural awareness and cultural knowledge.
Ireland nowadays is a culturally diverse country. With approximately 160 different nationalities now living in Ireland, cultural diversity and its implications play a key part in the day to day life of Irish nurses (World of Irish Nursing, 2003). Cultural Knowledge and cultural awareness are vital for a health care professionals in today’s culturally diverse society. Healthcare professionals can be effected by the implications of our changing society such as language barriers and misinterpretation difficulties between themselves and their patients. Language barriers can hinder the ability for a nurse or health care professional to deliver culturally sensitive care as well as patients can often interpret messages wrong, this can be seen in ‘interpreting the message’. Figures in 2009 indicate that 420,000 foreign nationals are now living in Ireland, making up just over 10% of the population and speaking a reported 167 different languages (MacFarlane et al. 2009). Theoretically when a healthcare professional enters a patients room there is a 1 in 10 percent chance he/she will be greeted by a patient that comes

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