My name is Maggie T. Dorsey. I teach medical-surgical nursing at University of South Carolina Aiken.

The title of my lesson is The Medical-Surgical Nurses' Response fo Culturally Different Patient's PAIN.

Nurses' responsibilities related to pain and culture are:
A. Recognize barriers to pain control:
age(very young)
cognitively impaired
mentally ill
drug addition history
fear of addiction
lack of understanding
B. Be knowledgeable, caring and competent in the delivery of care to all patients using:
patient assessment
clear communication
C. Implement specific pain-related nursing interventions that address the diverse needs of diverse patient groups using:
Pain as 5th vital sign
Documenting pain assessments, implementations and evaluations

Five links to learn more about this subject are:

Many Faces: Addressing Diversity in Health Care

Journal of Online Issues in Nursing

Transcultural Health Care

The Center for Cross-Cultural Health

Key Facts: Race, Ethnicity & Medical Care.

Kaiser Family Foundation

My Title Page

My Lesson on Pain


"The views expressed are not necessarily those of the University of South Carolina."