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1.How would you describe cultural competency? Now choose a (hypothetical) person from a culture that interests you. What factors need to be considered when meeting someone from a different culture? How does body language/eye contact set the tone? Does elder status play a role? Explain.
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2.Cultural competency is a skill in which you can have certain behaviors, perspectives, and understandings you can apply to your work ethic to be successful when connecting with people from other cultures. A culture that interests me is South American culture, seeing that it is so dense and varies among the entire continent. Meeting someone from this culture or any culture, really, several factors should be considered. First and foremost is communication – what is the best way to communicate with someone from this culture. How someone from this culture will take advice, in the form of therapy, dual conversation, or my showing them by example, needs to be considered based on their culture. Other factors that should be included when meeting someone are physical contact – whether or not hugging or hand shaking is okay, being careful of what you say, as in some topics might be sensitive in their culture and should not be brought up. Body language and eye contact, I feel should be consistent with any culture you meet. In a professional setting, you should not be too open or too closed. It’s important to make the person feel comfortable without feeling violated. When I talk to someone I always try to look in the middle of their eyes because I get nervous if I look directly in their eyes. It works for me, because it looks like I’m looking in their eyes and I’m comfortable with holding a conversation. Elder status definitely plays a role. To me, being (extra) respectful to our elders is very important. We as younger adults have a lot to learn from the elder generations and if we respect their knowledge, it allows them to learn from us as well.
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3.Cultural competency is the ability of an organization or provider of health care to relate to the cultural needs of a patient. In responding to patient specific needs, a health care provider will be better able to treat each individual patient. Meetings of different people from varying cultures may differ significantly where you may not expect it. Kittler states, “customs about touching, gestures, eye contact, and spatial relationships vary tremendously among cultures, independent of low- or high-context communication style” (64). Each of these points of contact may vary culturally and must be considered carefully when engaging in conversation with a person. In Nigeria, for example, eye contact is a cautious expression. Too much eye contact may alarm a Nigerian. Body language is important as well, as any negative signs of body language is interpreted in a bad way. If a provider was standing too close to a patient, the patient may view it as an invasion of his or her privacy, setting a negative patient-provider relationship. Elder status is especially important. My father would always tell me to respect my elders. Since my sister is my elder, in Nigeria, I would be expected to do as she says, although she does not overly exercise this right over me. As one’s culture varies, certain tactics must be examined in order to deliver the most effective care for that specific patient.