Case Scenario

1. Include an introduction in your paper. Maximum requirement half (½) a page.

Case Scenario

Dasan, a 50-year old Indigenous client is diagnosed with liver cancer. During a teaching session with him, the nurse makes a connection between his drinking history which began in his early teens and states that “drinking is part of the culture in your community.” While in the hospital, he seems very uncommunicative, sad and, contrary to the nurse’s expectation, receives very few visitors. He travelled from his rural community to undergo chemotherapy as planned but later decided to forego the treatment and return home to be with his family. Two weeks later his wife calls and tells the nurse that he was too scared to continue the procedure, that he is a spiritual leader in the community and this was not taken into account when the nurse did her teachings with him. His wife offers to meet with the nurse to further discuss this so that future Indigenous clients will not have to go for treatment without their culture and spirituality being taken into account.

Based on the case scenario and article, select and answer any two (2) questions of your choice from Part A and the one (1) question from Part B (all students must answer this question). As you answer the questions, think through the various perspectives that may be encountered in the healthcare environment.

Part A (All students must select and answer two [2] questions )

a. What are some of the reasons Indigenous peoples may be reluctant to access health care services? Discuss how these may have contributed to Dasan’s decision to forego treatment for his liver cancer. What strategies can be utilized to prevent or manage the situation?

b. Identify and discuss some of the alternative healing practices that Indigenous peoples use. Discuss how the healthcare environment incorporates these into its practices today. How would you utilize these in your care for Dasan?

Part B (All students must answer this question)

a. Reflect on your and your family’s cultural beliefs and values. How could these impact the care you provide and your relationships with clients? Discuss what you should do to minimize biases in the care you will provide.

References: A minimum of four (4) credible references must be provided—two (2) must be from a peer-reviewed journals and two (2) from either textbooks or credible references. Non-credited on-line references must not be used and will not be considered for grading.

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