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Health Promotion Among Diverse Populations Essay

988 words - 4 pages

Health Promotion among Diverse Populations
Eric Valdez
Rasmussen University

Health Promotion among Diverse Populations
As this paper has been researched and written, this nurse has realized that our Hispanic Americans have a profound sense in their culture still imbedded within them to this day. Hispanic socioeconomic status, education background, culture and beliefs impact their health in such tremendous ways that it is difficult to believe that the healthcare system in America didn’t start enforcing patient learning strategies and patient education sooner.
According to the 2012 U.S. Census bureau report, the average Hispanic median household income was $40,417 in comparison to ...view middle of the document...

Collectivist values or group orientation permeates Hispanic life and individuals often look to one another for opinions. A collectivist orientation may serve as a valuable asset in terms of health promotion ("Building Our Understanding," n.d., p. 4). Out of life experience in my nursing career, I have found that depending on the birth origin and age of my Hispanic patients, drastically changes to what level health promotion prevention is utilized. An 89 year-old female patient from Mexico that was in Arizona visiting family was ill, so they brought her to the hospital. Since she was already ill and now receiving modern medicine, tertiary prevention was initiated (Wexler, 2003). When she arrived to my unit, she had bilateral heel diabetic pressure ulcers, hypertension, and blind in her left eye. She was Spanish speaking only, and through a translator, she welcomed me and taught me how she learned and how she was taking care of herself in Mexico. Her learning was multimodal, so I set up the television to Spanish videos that taught about diabetes and hypertension and was able to stay in the room with her and the translator. We spoke throughout the videos so her questions were answered as we went along. This patient was extremely grateful for the time and education given to her and was almost embarrassed to tell me how she took care of her feet back home. As the discussion progressed, I learned that she soaked her feet in a tub with homemade bread on the bottom and covered her feet from her cow’s milk several times per day. After she understood the differences and was complying with blood sugar monitoring, diabetic medications, and hypertension medications, she was elated at how well she felt on the day of discharge.
However, when my 19 year-old female Hispanic neighbor, that was born and raised in Arizona, came over because she just learned she was pregnant and her new husband is a smoker. She is an aural learner and wanted...

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