Culture may be defined as "the learned and shared beliefs, values and life ways of a designated or particular group that are generally transmitted intergenerationally and influence one's thinking and action modes (Killian & Waite, 2009). Cultural competence is the capacity of individuals or services to incorporate ethnic/cultural considerations into all aspects of their work relative to health promotion, disease prevention and other healthcare interventions. It also is described as the ability to perform and obtain positive clinical outcomes when engaging in cross-cultural encounters. Acquiring skills related to culturally competent nursing practice is important for better client outcomes, satisfaction and quality of care (Killian & Waite, 2009). Cultural competence is obtaining cultural information and then applying that knowledge. This cultural awareness allows the nurse to see the entire picture and improves the quality of care and health outcomes. To be culturally competent the nurse needs to understand his/her own worldviews and those of the patient, while avoiding stereotyping and misapplication of scientific knowledge (culturediversity.org, n.d). The twenty-first century brings awareness of how belief, value, religion, other cultural and socioeconomic factors affects health promotion and other help-seeking behavior (American Association of College of Nursing, 2008). Adapting to different cultural beliefs and practices requires flexibility and a respect for others view points. Cultural competence means to really listen to the patient, to find out and learn about the patient's beliefs of health and illness. To provide culturally appropriate care we need to know and to understand culturally influenced health behaviors. There are five essential elements that contribute to the ability to become culturally competent: (1) valuing diversity, (2) having the capacity for cultural assessment, (3) being conscious of the dynamics inherent when cultures interact, (4) having institutionalized cultural knowledge, and (5) having developed adaptations of service delivery that reflect an understanding of cultural diversity (Grand Canyon University, 2014). Nutrition for example differs from one culture to another.
is Transcultural Nursing?
So there are different definitions of Transcultural Nursing but the most common concept is cultural competence, which is defined by nurses as “having the ability to understand cultural differences in order to provide quality care to a diversity of people.”
Madeleine Leininger in 1978 introduced the concept of transcultural nursing and developed the culture care theory and that was the first attempt in the nursing profession to highlight the needs for culturally competent…
their own culture. Also, the nurses’ perceptions as well as the control of pain are influenced by the nurses’ cultures since it influences their stereotypes and interpersonal communication patterns (Al-Atiyyat, 2009).
The nurses should be attentive and sensitive to the patients’ own cultural background especially when they work in diverse society. Cultural incompetency can result in inadequate or inappropriate care due to miscommunication and the possibility to make inaccurate assessments. Thus,…
Models used for Cultural Competence
Mental Health Services
Incorporating Cultural Competence
“How might developing cultural competence inprove mental health services?”
To answer this question, we must first define what is meant by the terms mental health services and culutral competence. To begin with there must be a distinct…
at least two cultural limitations associated with assessment and treatment? In your response, discuss the use or misuse of assessment instruments, therapy techniques, research results, or any other facet of clinical practice that could have potentially harmful, culture-specific implications.
There are many different expectations that may come from a client and their needs can also be different than others in similar situations, this depends on one’s culture. Different cultural needs may limit…
There are many issues which need to be considered when caring for older people who are of a cultural and linguistic diverse background. This essay will focus on these issues inconjucntion with engaging, assessing and caring for an older person who is of a cultural and linguistic diverse background.
Transcultural nursing refers to “being aware of the patients cultural health beliefs and values and incorporating these into the agreed care plan with the patients.” (Nurse dictionary). As part of the…
Team Competence Assessment
Assessing and developing team member competencies can be a challenging task. However, it is considered to be one of the most important tasks in the achievement of coordination and collaboration within a team. There are six areas of competence to assess: Project management, Networking, Use of Technology, Self-Management, Spanning Boundaries, and Interpersonal Awareness. In assessing the team's areas of competence, each member's individual skills and related experience…
Diversity and Cultural Proficiency
ED7014-Leading Diverse Schools
Dr. Traci Smith
How are new patterns of immigration, residence, and family structure reshaping the nation's demographics and those of local schools and communities? What do "culturally proficient" schools and classrooms look like in this shifting context? In an institute designed for teachers, administrators, and other school staff, I’ll discuss cultural proficiency and diversity within the…
International Education Assessment and Analysis
A case study of Northeastern University International Study Department
With the rapid development of the globalization in our contemporary world, people are facing challenges in coping with the changing world. Higher education plays an extremely important role in cultivating globally competent students. Educational institutions are responsible not only for teaching essential knowledge, technical expertise, but also cultivating…
Heritage Assessment Tool: Varying Cultures
Grand Canyon University: NRS 429V
Heritage Assessment Tool: Varying Cultures
The Heritage Assessment Tool is designed to “give nurses an understanding of the patient’s traditional health and illness beliefs and practices so that culturally appropriate interventions can be initiated. The tool is a series of twenty nine questions. These twenty nine questions are designed to determine a patient’s ethnic, cultural, and religious background…
open doors to partnerships necessary to fulﬁll an organization’s
Recommended strategies for board diversification must be
understood in the context of the deeply divided society of the
United States. Although North American cultural issues are the
result of a unique history, most elements of diversity planning will
apply in other countries as well. By the year 2015 the nonwhite
portion of the U.S. population is expected to increase to 30 percent
NEW DIRECTIONS FOR PHILANTHROPIC…