The nurse is caring for a client whose cultural background is different from her own. Which nursing action is appropriate?

  1. understand that fear of death is universal
  2. know that dietary habits are equally important to all cultures
  3. respect the client’s cultural beliefs
  4. explain the nurse’s cultural beliefs to the client
Number 3 is correct.
Rationale: Response 3 is consistent with being culturally sensitive to the client ‘s needs. Death is understood differently based on one’s culture. Dietary habits vary in importance between cultures. Explaining the nurse’s cultural beliefs to the client is unnecessary as the client’s needs are what is important.