Master Native American Culture with Picmonic for Nursing RN

With Picmonic, facts become pictures. We've taken what the science shows - image mnemonics work - but we've boosted the effectiveness by building and associating memorable characters, interesting audio stories, and built-in quizzing.

Native American Culture

Native American on Cultural-world
Picmonic
When caring for a Native American patient, nurses and other healthcare personnel should be aware of cultural differences, in an effort to provide the highest level of culturally competent care. In Native American culture, direct eye contact can be perceived as disrespectful, and strong handshakes are considered offensive. Although these practices differ from traditional American etiquette, it is important to respect the patient’s beliefs. Practitioners should also be aware that Native Americans do not typically participate in organ or blood donation, as these practices are viewed as not only a physical sacrifice, but a spiritual sacrifice as well. When receiving care, Native American patients may request or prefer the use of a tribal shaman, instead of standard, western medicinal practices.
6 KEY FACTS
No Direct Eye Contact
No-sign Direct Eye Contact

In Native American culture, direct eye contact can be perceived as disrespectful or an invasion of the individual’s privacy. Despite cultural differences, the nurse should practice culturally competent care by respecting the patient’s cultural beliefs and traditions.

No Organ Donation
No-sign Organ Charity

Organ donation is not common among Native Americans. Members of this culture believe that organ donation is not only a physical sacrifice, but a spiritual sacrifice as well.

No Blood Donation
No-sign Blood Charity

Typically, members of the Native American culture do not donate blood.

Strong Handshakes Offensive
Offended by Strong Handshake

In the Native American culture, strong handshakes are considered offensive. Instead, members of this culture greet people by lightly touching the other person on the hand.

Tribal Shaman
Tribal Shark-man

In times of illness or injury, Native Americans may request or prefer the use of a tribal shaman, instead of the western medicinal practices offered in the hospital. A tribal shaman may also be called a medicine man or woman.

Navajo Mother Massage Newborn
Navajo Mother Massaging Newborn

After giving birth, a Navajo mother will massage her newborn baby. This tradition acts as one of the first bonding experiences between mother and child.

Unlock all 6 facts & definitions with Picmonic Free!

JOIN FREE

Take the Native American Culture Quiz

Picmonic's rapid review multiple-choice quiz allows you to assess your knowledge.

START QUIZ NOW

It's worth every penny

Our Story Mnemonics Increase Mastery and Retention

Memorize facts with phonetic mnemonics

Unforgettable characters with concise but impactful videos (2-4 min each)

Ace Your Nursing (RN) Classes & Exams with Picmonic:

Over 870,000 students use Picmonic’s picture mnemonics to improve knowledge, retention, and exam performance.

Choose the #1 Nursing (RN) student study app.

Picmonic for Nursing (RN) covers information that is relevant to your entire Nursing (RN) education. Whether you’re studying for your classes or getting ready to conquer your NCLEX®-RN, Hesi, ATI, TEAS test, Kaplan exams, we’re here to help.

Works better than traditional Nursing (RN) flashcards.

Research shows that students who use Picmonic see a 331% improvement in memory retention and a 50% improvement in test scores.