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In the field of nursing we encounter many clients from different cultural backgrounds. I can recall a situation in which a client of spanish decent was in our care for uncontrolled hypertension and diabetes and i was to complete a history and physical on him.The first conflict I ran into was the barrier between our languages. It was difficult for me get any background history from my client because we were unable to understand each other. The only thing that i had that gave me any detail about his health and background was an initial intake questionnaire that was completed upon his arrival to our facility by our intake nurse. When trying to compare what was recorded to what was reported by the client the only thing that I got from the was his name and birth date. At this point I realized a translator was needed. At my facility we are not allowed to use another client as a translator but could use an employee however one was not available so the other option was the language line. This is a communication system that uses translators for many different languages via telephone. All though this is a great tool for situations like this it can get frustrating because you are communicating to your client via third party and what could a 30 minute visit turns out to be much longer. Once we got past the communication barrier then came the teaching understanding. The information that was gathered about my clients health was that he did not want to be any prescribed meds because he believed they were unnatural and was trying to control his health conditions by eating the right foods and using a herbal regiment. Although I tried to explain our treatment plan, he was adamant about his own practices. The explanation on the importance of medication and other health practices like a strict diet was just not getting through to this client. And it was especially difficult because i…...

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