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
dying
fear of addiction
lack of understanding
B. Be knowledgeable, caring and competent in the delivery of care to all patients using:
self-assessment
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

pain

http://rpsec.usca.edu/Classwork/731sp2004/Lesson/Dorsey/dorsey3.html(February,2004)

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