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The growing ethnically and racially diversity of the American population has a direct impact on healthcare providers. Immigration and demographic trends suggest that increasingly the U.S. elderly patient populations are linguistically and culturally diverse. A patient’s inability to communicate in the same language as a provider will compromise patient health and safety. In addition, it will expose health care providers to the risk of legal liability for medical errors, malpractice, or deprivation of the patient’s right to participate in health decisions. The purpose of this phenomenological qualitative study was to explain the essence of caring for the elderly non-English speaking Russian patients through the experience of Russian-speaking nurses. Leininger’s Culture Care Theory and Husserl’s phenomenological approach were used for this study. The data was collected through semi-structured individual interviews. Three main themes were noted from the interviews conducted regarding the healthcare of the elderly Russian non- English speaking patients. The three themes were: family connections, period of time living in America (phase of adaptation process), and compliance with treatment. This research paper provided information about Russian culture and cultural competence, as well as strategies to enhance healthcare professionals’ capacity to deliver culturally competent services for the elderly Russian non-English speaking patients
This collection consists of theses for the Master of Science in Nursing at Point Loma Nazarene University, completed between 2012 and 2016 when the program included a thesis requirement. These items were provided to the library by their authors with the permission required to make them freely available for access. These works remain the intellectual property of their authors.