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