Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care,

Based on the readings, viewing the online materials & resources on the Module 4: Lecture Materials & Resources page, and your own experience, what strategies would you recommend encouraging culturally competent care of Native Americans?

Requirements: 500 words


Your initial post should be at least 500 words, formatted and cited in current APA style with support from at least 2 academic sources.

Online Materials & Resources

  1. Visit the CINAHL Complete under the A-to-Z Databases on the University Library’s Links to an external, locate and read the article(s) below:
    • Hill, D.L. (2009). Relationship between sense of belonging as connectedness and suicide in American Indians. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 23(1), 65-74.
    • Lowe, J. (2007). Research brief: The need for historically grounded HIV/AIDS prevention research among Native Americans. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 18(2), 15-17.
  2. Explore/View the website(s) below:

Answer preview

Nurses should create rapport with the patients before providing them with health care and teaching. The education process can be well facilitated by understanding the appropriate methods of learning that are culturally accepted. Different groups of Native Americans have varying health care practices, but common styles of learning can be used in many tribes (Hill 2009). Although learners are expected to maintain eye contact with the teacher and ask questions normally, Native Americans consider looking one in the eye as a form of disrespect and asking questions as rude and insensitive. For instance, when a nurse demonstrates how a newborn should be bathed, it is likely for the mother to follow from a distance, avoid making eye contact with the nurse and ask no questions. However, this style of learning should not be viewed as a lack of understanding since the mother is likely to understand the information and bathe the newborn when needed (Butler et al. 2016).

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Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care,