Cultural Assessment, Cultural Sensitivity and Cultural Competence Introduction Culture is the foundation of all experience for an individual or a community because it is the source of meaning. Warren (2007) views culture as a complex biopsychosocial phenomenon that provides all meaning not only for the individual but for the whole community. Patients who have a mental illness contradict usual meanings because they are removed from the dominant norm. How well I understand the patient and can relate to them depends on my own cultural background, my experiences, and my attitudes to mental health and illness. In this paper I will discuss my readiness to enter the world of the mentally ill patient and to fully understand their experience. I...The end:
.....t’s values, beliefs, and practices. Patients have their own perspective on all aspects of their illness including treatment. They understand the illness and its meaning since they live it. Nurses need to have thorough knowledge of mental illness and of the patient’s experience. References Jarvis, C. (2009). Physical examination and health assessment, 4th edition. Toronto: W.B. Saunders. Warren, B. (2007). Cultural aspects of bipolar disorder: Interpersonal meaning for clients and psychiatric nurses. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services, 45(7), 32-38. Webster, D. (2009). Addressing nursing students’ stigmatizing beliefs toward mental illness. Journal of Psychosocial Nursing & Mental Health Services, 47(10), 34-43.