This can eliminate communication problems created by differences in language. It is not necessary to master the whole language, but basic dialectical jargons can be essential in understanding and meeting the needs of Aboriginal people.
Besides learning the language, nurses should take a keen interest in the health-related cultural practices of Aboriginal people. For instance, Aborigines have some beliefs regarding the treatment of men by women (Leever, 2011). The men prefer to be managed by fellow men and not women. Another important aspect of Aboriginal culture is respect, and nurses should understand this in order to minimize the difficulties faced when taking care of Aboriginal people. Dignity, respect, and humility should be part of nurses’ ethos when dealing with Aborigines (Bearskin, 2011). Finally, it is ideal for nurses to understand the religious dynamics of Aboriginal culture that influence their view of medicine. Some Aborigines use religious beliefs to shape their health perspectives, and nurses will have an easier time managing them if they comprehend the relationship between Aboriginal health and religion.
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