1. Assessment Description Sister Mary is a patient in Level 2 Emergency Department. She must have a neural examination, physical assessment, radiographs of her facial bones, and a computed tomography
As a Roman Catholic nun, Sister Mary may have unique beliefs and values that could influence her experience in the hospital setting. Therefore, it is essential to provide her with culturally sensitive care that takes her religious beliefs into consideration. In particular, when educating Sister Mary about her medical care, healthcare providers must use language and concepts that align with her worldview. The following are some recommendations for educating Sister Mary as she progresses through the different departments of the hospital:
Neurological Examination: When explaining the neurological examination, healthcare providers should use simple and clear language to describe the procedure. They should avoid using medical jargon and instead use familiar words that Sister Mary can understand. Furthermore, it is important to explain the importance of the test in diagnosing her condition and how it can guide her treatment.
Physical Assessment: During the physical assessment, healthcare providers should ensure that Sister Mary is comfortable and modestly covered. They should provide her with a gown and ensure that she is not exposed unnecessarily. Additionally, they should explain each step of the assessment and the reasons behind it, ensuring that Sister Mary is comfortable with the procedures.
Radiographs of Facial Bones: Before the radiographs, healthcare providers should explain the procedure to Sister Mary and reassure her that the process is safe and painless. They should also explain how the images will help diagnose her condition and how the results will guide her treatment.
Computed Tomography Scan of the Head: Healthcare providers should explain the CT scan procedure to Sister Mary, including the use of contrast dye and the need for her to lie still during the scan. They should reassure her that the procedure is safe and painless and that the results will help her doctors to diagnose her condition and guide her treatment.
In summary, healthcare providers should approach Sister Mary’s care with cultural sensitivity and respect her religious beliefs. They should use clear and simple language to explain each step of her medical care and reassure her that the procedures are safe and painless. Additionally, healthcare providers should be sensitive to her modesty and ensure that she is comfortable throughout the different departments of the hospital.
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- Psychosocial Responses of Health Care Professionals Working with Sister Mary
Healthcare professionals may have reservations in working with Sister Mary due to their own personal beliefs or perceptions about religion. Additionally, healthcare professionals may have concerns about being able to provide appropriate care that aligns with Sister Mary’s religious beliefs. Some potential psychosocial responses that healthcare professionals may experience when working with Sister Mary include:
Anxiety: Healthcare professionals may experience anxiety when working with Sister Mary due to their lack of familiarity with her religious beliefs and practices. They may worry that they will say or do something that is offensive or insensitive to her beliefs.
Cultural Bias: Healthcare professionals may have their cultural biases and stereotypes that influence their perceptions of Sister Mary’s beliefs and practices. This bias may lead to misunderstandings or miscommunications between healthcare providers and Sister Mary.
Stress: Healthcare professionals may feel stressed when working with Sister Mary due to the complexity of her care needs and the need for cultural sensitivity. They may also worry about ensuring that they are providing appropriate care that aligns with her religious beliefs.
In order to overcome these potential psychosocial responses, healthcare professionals must approach their care of Sister Mary with cultural sensitivity and respect. They must be willing to learn about her beliefs and practices and ask questions to clarify any misunderstandings. Additionally, healthcare professionals should seek support from colleagues or supervisors if they are experiencing anxiety or stress related to working with Sister Mary.