There are many barriers erected in healthcare between patients and nurses due to
There are many barriers erected in healthcare between patients and nurses due to cultural differences between these parties. A good example of a barrier created by cultural differences is the language and communication barrier, as discussed in the paper below. There may be a language barrier that prevents the nurse from communicating with the patient effectively, especially when the patient does not understand or communicate in English due to inadequate education levels (Al Shamsi et al., 2020). For example, if a patient speaks Spanish and the nurse does not, there will be a communication barrier. In other cases, language barriers caused by cultural differences may prevent the patient from seeking out medical treatment in the first place. One example is that of the Hispanic population. Many Hispanic patients are very family-oriented and are uncomfortable with health care providers who do not speak Spanish (Medina and AETC, 2021). They might not be willing to open up about important health information if they do not feel comfortable with their nurse or doctor, thus, preventing them from seeking healthcare services. Language barriers can have many different effects on the nursing profession. These include difficulties in communicating with patients and their families and understanding the patient's needs and wishes. In some cases, it may also cause delays in treatment or administration of medication. In addition, patients who cannot communicate their symptoms may not ask for help when they need it (Al Shamsi et al., 2020). This challenge can lead to worsening health conditions or even death. To overcome this barrier, healthcare providers must learn how to become culturally competent by speaking another language or have someone who can interpret for them. Additionally, nurses need to understand different cultures, their language perspectives and how they may impact them and their patients. Patients should also understand that an individual's cultural origin does not determine the quality of services they offer (Quiñonez-Summer, 2015). Thus, they should be more willing and open to nurses of all cultures. References Al Shamsi, H., Almutairi, A. G., Al Mashrafi, S., & Al Kalbani, T. (2020). Implications of language barriers for healthcare: a systematic review. Oman medical journal, 35(2), e122. Medina, C., & AETC, D. R. (2021). Beliefs and Traditions that impact the Latino Healthcare. Quiñonez-Summer, L. (2015). Closing the gap when working with Spanish-speaking populations. The NCHAM eBook: A resource guide for early hearing detection and intervention, 25-1. Please comment, citing a bibliographical reference.

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