Culture is one of the most basic elements that makes up the identity and personality of each individual. Every individual has their own culture rooted from the community they lived in and the family they grew up making up the personal identity people have in the general society. Personal views, aspects of reasoning and judgment and the general logical thinking of an individual are affected significantly by the culture he or she has. In this aspect, the entire well-being of a person depends greatly on his or her culture.
In the society in general, culture is one of the influential factor causing diversity among people. As culture is founded significantly basing from the environment, lifestyle, anthropological background and philosophy of the people in the community, culture tend to vary among each society as its main foundations also likewise differ. In this aspect, each society has their own culture where they basically based their lifestyle and philosophy identifying them apart for the civilization as a whole.
Differences in one’s culture often manifests as a barriers towards social merging programs and cross-cultural services as their respective cultures often contradict each other causing misunderstanding and even collision. Thus, in the aspect of transcending services to other society, personal culture must be incorporated in the approach as to attract the target people and make them comfortable to the presence of foreign individuals. In terms of the nursing field, individual culture also serves as an important factor to the said field of service.
As people significantly depend on their personal culture for their opinion and judgment, their acceptability of certain treatment is often affected.
Some refuse certain services and treatment as they view these to be in contrast to their personal cultures and beliefs thus, hindering its benefits to the afflicted patient. For the nursing practitioner, this is indeed complicated. Thus, it is also important to consider for a fact and know the personal assessment and view of the health personnel for clarity and understanding purposes.
For this author, who is also a nursing practitioner, culture is indeed a significant element to the personality of the people particularly the patient. This author indeed respect that concept and the person who wishes to adhere to it as each individual has their own right for their personal identity including cultural aspect however, this only applies to the extent that the belief or cultural norm does not harm anybody. There are some cultures and social concepts that are found to be highly derogatory and harmful to certain individual that these ideas discriminate.
An example of this is child abuser and women battering which this author considers highly unacceptable to be one’s way of moral philosophy or within cultural standard. Indeed, cultural preferences is among the basic rights of an individual however, it is also stated in the legal structure that this cultural right must not be use to discriminate and harm other human beings because of their cultural differences. As a professional in the healthcare industry, this author firmly states as a nurse and another individual in the society that individual cultural preferences are the right of each person.
In the aspect nursing service, this author intends to respect that right and the cultural background of each patient as to not let this get in the way of the health service application. However, as a professional nurse, this author must maintain his personal code and integrity to promote first the health of the patient and its benefit above the culture and beliefs of the patient. Still, patient right for this argument will be acknowledged and respected opening between this professional nurse and the patient a dialogue to discuss his or her situation.