A Personal Plan for Engaging Cultural Competence

Case Study
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A 75-year old elderly woman was admitted to a regular medical surgical floor for complaints of chest pain, headache, and severe hypertension. The small hospital in Orange Country to which she was admitted consisted mostly of Asian nurses, primarily Koreans.


Her doctor was always unavailable due to a busy schedule and family members of the patient were only able to speak with the nurses-on-duty at night, who were mostly Koreans or Chinese. One staff-on-duty just migrated from Korea and had limited English. Two days after the admission to the hospital, the patient died on her sleep. The cause of death was unknown, but the doctor implied that she may have had a heart attack that night. It was the only time, the day when the patient died, when the family was finally able to speak with the doctor who had been in a very busy schedule when the patient was still alive.
I was really devastated when I found out that my grandmother died. I was not able to visit her when she was in the hospital; it was all so abrupt for the family. It was indeed a quick turnaround. She was healthy days before being admitted to the hospital, and she was always on schedule with her doctor and was equipped with her medication prescriptions, until her sudden death.
My family and relatives all questioned her sudden demise. Indeed, there were symptoms, but these were not addressed properly, leading to her immediate death. ...
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