Sita, a Hindu woman, states that she is hesitant to use her left hand for handling the clean diaphragm during an outpatient contraception teaching session. This hesitation can be attributed to certain health beliefs that are deeply rooted in the culture of Hinduism. In Hinduism, there is a focus on purity and cleanliness which is why Sita might be reluctant to handle the device with her “unclean” left hand. Additionally, Hindus believe in karma and past life experiences which can influence behaviors, attitudes and beliefs such as those exhibited by Sita.
Analyzed how culture influences the beliefs and behaviors of the childbearing woman and her family during pregnancy. During an outpatient contraception teaching session for a diaphragm, Sita, a Hindu woman states that she cannot use her left hand for handling the clean device. What are the health beliefs that underpin Sita’s hesitation and why? How can the nurse offer support to Sita’s based on Leininger’s theory?
In order to offer support to Sita based on Leininger’s Theory (Culture Care Theory), it is important that the nurse understand both individual cultural values as well as universal/collective cultural values associated with this patient population. It also helps if they have some knowledge of traditional practices related to childbirth and pregnancy in particular since this will allow them better address any issues may arise due cultural differences between healthcare provider client respectively.
By taking time listen fully understand reasons behind hesitation then providing appropriate information resources can help build trust between two parties thus allowing care provided meet expectations standards set out within particular belief system being followed faith practiced. Furthermore giving space open discussion even respectful disagreement can create comfortable environment where ideas exchanged freely making more likely receive satisfactory outcome desired result from encounter regardless what form conclusion ultimately takes place at end day.