Our Nursing Heritage

We live in a country of culturally diversity. To provide the highest quality of care to our patients we need to be culturally competent nurses (American Association of Colleges of Nursing [AACN], 2008, ¶ 2). Using the Heritage Assessment Tool as a guideline I interviewed three families. The first was my own of Russian heritage, the second a colleague with a strong Chinese heritage, and the third a young single mother with a Hispanic heritage. These interviews gave me an insight into their views on health maintenance, protection and restoration. All three cultures had both similarities and differences.
In the interviews with three culturally different families, an assessment was focused on the strength of their heritage and views on health and illness. Three specific areas of discussion were health maintenance, health protection, and health restoration.
Health Maintenance is defined as a plan to promote health, preserve maximum function, and to prevent illness (freedictionary.com, n.d., p. 1). Health protection is best defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Preventi…




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