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Nurses interact with people of all ages and from a wide range of cultures. With an aging population and many ethnic groups visiting and/or relocating to our country, it is critical that we communicate effectively with all clients.

Make up a client scenario.

Utilize a client from another country with whom you are interested in overcoming communication challenges. You should consult your Purnell Cultural reference book.
In addition to being from another country, possibly speaking another language, and having different cultural beliefs and attitudes, your client scenario should include physiologic and psychological changes (these are changes, not diagnoses, as described in the third bullet point — recall the Cognitive Integrity and Sensory Perception discussion in Module 2).
Describe the setting in which you will meet with your client (clinic, doctor’s office, hospital, nursing home, or rehabilitation center).
Make a list of at least one physiologic issue (medical diagnosis) for your client (e.g. hypertension, obesity, diabetes, arthritis).
Describe some communication strategies and the challenges associated with this client scenario.
On the client care plan, what interventions does the practical nurse anticipate?


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