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Describe cultural beliefs, customs, and traditions related to death and dying in diverse cultural groups.

Describe cultural beliefs, customs, and traditions related to death and dying in diverse cultural groups.
Discuss values associated with verbal and nonverbal communication in selected cultures.
Incorporate cultural beliefs, customs, traditions, values, and practices into the healthcare, given an involvement in the end-of-life decisions.
Look at cross-cultural concepts of grief and mourning that can describe the thoughts, emotions, interpersonal interactions, myths, and rituals that follow significant deaths in other cultures.
Course Outcomes
This assignment enables the student to meet the following course outcomes.
CO 1: Provide nursing care to patients and their families in critical and emergent care settings based on theories and principles of nursing and related disciplines.
CO 3: Demonstrate effective therapeutic communication and relationship skills in providing care to patients and families in critical-care and emergent care settings.
CO 4: Demonstrate effective clinical decision making based on critical thinking skills and legal, ethical, and professional standards and principles when caring for patients and families in critical-care and emergent care settings.
Due Dates
Refer to the Course Calendar for the assignment’s due date.
Total Points Possible: 100

Requirements
As a group, choose a culture that is different from your own (pick two to three). The following is a sample of cultures, but you may choose a culture not listed.
Arab Dominican Hawaiian Korean Polish Swiss
Afghan Dutch Inuit Lebanese Portuguese Taiwanese
Amish Egyptian Italian Mexican Romanian Tibetan
Cambodian Filipino Israeli Mormon Samoan Turkish
Chinese Gypsy Jewish Native American (Pick a tribe) Saudi Arabian Vietnamese
Creole Haitian Japanese Pakistani Spanish Welsh

Perform a review of literature, researching books, articles, websites, or other reputable sources, and provide an evidence-based paper in APA format. The paper and presentation should include the following.
Brief description of the culture chosen (geographics, religious beliefs, etc.)
How grief is portrayed and handled in the culture and what the source of emotional support is
The use and interpretation of verbal and nonverbal methods of communication in the culture
Interactions and the role of family members during end-of-life decisions (i.e., who is the primary decision maker?)
Cultural or spiritual rituals or traditions needed or performed during and after death
What major issue the culture may encounter in our healthcare system regarding its beliefs concerning death and dying
How healthcare providers, especially nurses, can honor cultural differences

Deliver a creative 15- to 20-minute group presentation discussing key concepts described on the paper. A PowerPoint presentation can not be the only form of presentation. Handouts or other visual aids are highly recommended.

Preparing the Paper
Directions and Grading Criteria
Category Points % Description
Content 50 50 The paper must include the following elements.
Introduction
Description of culture
Normal health beliefs and practices of the culture
Discussion of grief and support system
Family members’ roles during death and dying
Ritual or traditions during and after death
Major culture issue faced in our healthcare system
Nurses’ roles in honoring cultural differences during death and dying
Conclusion
Use of correct APA format throughout the paper, including reference page
Presentation 50 50 The paper is organized around the components of paper and flows in logical sequence.
All group members participate.
Presenters are professional at all times during the presentation, including attire.
Presentation is at least 15 minutes long and does not exceed 20 minutes.
Total 100 100 A quality paper and presentation will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.
The final grade will be determined by the average of the instructor and the group scores.

Grading Rubric
The final grade will be determined by the average of the instructor and the group scores.
Assignment Criteria Meets Criteria Partially Meets Criteria Does Not Meet Criteria
Scholarly Paper
Cultural Description Group consistently and comprehensively addresses and/or describes each parameter in detail (10–20 points). Group addresses the primary components for each parameter (5–10 points). Group does not address each parameter, OR group addresses each parameter but major characteristics are missing or information provided is inaccurate (0–5 points).
Practice Recommendations Group demonstrates advanced cultural understanding and provides useful insights and detailed recommendations regarding end-of-life decisions, death, and dying (9–10 points). Group identifies and recommends cultural adaptations to end-of-life decisions (5–9 points). Group does not identify cultural adaptations to cultural needs for the dying patient, OR recommendations are unfounded or unrelated to characteristics associated with the cultural group (0–5 points).
Reference Quality More than three current professional sources are referenced (9–10 points). A minimum of three current professional sources are referenced (5–9 points). Fewer than three professional sources are referenced, OR three professional resources are cited but are more than 5 years old, OR no professional resources were cited (0–1 points).
APA  Adherence Paper consistently adheres to guidelines (9–10 points). Majority of references reflect guidelines (5–9 points). Majority of references do not conform to guidelines (0–5 points).
Presentation
Cultural Description Group consistently and comprehensively addresses and/or describes the culture in detail (10–20 points). Group addresses the primary components of the culture (5–10 points). Group does not address all of the parameters, OR group addresses each parameter but major characteristics are missing or information provided is inaccurate. (0–5 points).
Practice Recommendations Group demonstrates advanced cultural understanding and provides useful insights and detailed recommendations regarding end-of-life decisions, death, and dying (9–10 points). Group identifies and recommends cultural adaptations to end-of-life decisions (5–9 points). Group does not identify cultural adaptations to end-of-life decisions, death, and dying, OR recommendations are unfounded and/or unrelated to characteristics associated with the cultural group (0–5 points).
Presentation Skills Presentation is organized, informative, creative, and stimulating. Presenters adhered to time allotted but at an easy-to-follow pace. Presenters utilized more than just a PowerPoint presentation (10–20 points). Presentation is organized and informative. Presenters adhered to time allotted (5–10 points). Presentation is disorganized and/or conveyed at a difficult-to-follow pace or manner, OR presenters lack familiarity with the cultural group, OR presenters did not adhere to the time allotted and did not utilize more than just a PowerPoint presentation (0–5 points).
Total Points Possible = 100 points

The following does NOT go on the student’s guidelines. Create a separate document for instructors to use for grading and feedback to the student. Copy the criteria and points from the Directions and Grading Criteria into the first two columns. You may then insert this table into the student’s paper for feedback.

The final grade will be determined by the average of the instructor and the group grades.
Category Points Possible Points Earned Comments
Scholarly Paper
Cultural Description 20
Practice Recommendations 10
Reference Quality 10
APA  Adherence 10
Presentation
Cultural Description 20
Practice Recommendations 10
Presentation Skills 20
Total 100 Total points earned = A quality paper and presentation will meet or exceed all of the above requirements.

Team Evaluation
Name _________________________________________________________ Group #____________
Project Title ___________________________________________________
Using the scale below, individually rate each member of your learning team, including yourself.
1 = Strongly Disagree    2 = Disagree    3 = Agree    4 = Strongly Agree
Name of Learning Team Member:
Preparation
Research, reading, and assignment complete
Attendance
On time and stayed for duration
Participation
Contributed best academic ability
Interpersonal Relations
Positive and productive
Between Meeting Communication
Initiated and responded appropriately
Overall contribution score:
4 = 100        3 = 90        2 = 80        1 = 70
Individual Questions for Reflection
To help you with your scoring, you might want to consider these questions.
Did the group member make contributions that helped the group accomplish its goals?
Did the group member maintain an atmosphere in which each member could contribute?
Did the group member remain focused on important issues during group discussions?
Did the group member search for alternative points of view within the group?
Did the group member deal with and resolve conflict within the group?
Did the group member contribute to the group’s written project and presentation?
Did the group member participate actively in discussions regarding the group project?
The final grade will be determined by the average of the instructor and the group grades.


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