Culturally insensitive patients - page 5
A little background: I am Chinese American. I live in a university town in the Midwest that is fairly multicultural, but that is also surrounded by farming communities that are generally 100% white... Read More
May 3, '13The patients may just be curious, but honestly - don't they have better things to be curious about? I get that they may be sick and/or nervous, but would they really want someone to be interrogating THEM about their race/beliefs/age? It tells you a lot about how close-minded and judgmental those people are. I don't get race/beliefs questions because I am a boring whitebread Southern American living in the South, but I do get the age thing and it makes me really mad. Don't get me wrong, I joke and laugh about it and don't let my patients see how annoyed I get, because that would be terrible customer service, but it really does bug me.
If only people would ask, "How old are you?" instead of stating "You don't look like you're old enough to be here." Why people insist on saying things in such a hostile manner instead of just asking a neutral question always bugs me. I'm always glad those people are my patients, and not anyone I know outside of the hospital... I can only imagine how much more irritated I'd be if I started getting comments about my ethnic heritage too.
May 3, '13I get asked all the time about my religion and my accent. I wear a head covering, so everyone thinks I'm Amish (or Mennonite, or Mormon, or a nun). And, despite being born and raised in the USA, something about my accent leads everyone to think I'm from some other country ( Ireland, England, Sweden, Russia). I always have to assure them I'm not exotic in any way. Most people are very polite, even apologetic, about asking, so it doesn't really bother me to have to explain it over and over.
May 3, '13I was born in the suburbs of Chicago, but apparently I have an accent, so I've been told. My favorite response to the where do I come from question....... Earth.
Keep your head up and have a great weekend.