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Cultural Competent Nursing Care


Nursing is a dynamic and continuously changing entity practitionershave to adapt to a wide array of stimuli. The changes in social needsand expectations, as well as discoveries of new treatments haveshaped nursing care in fundamental ways. In this regard, the nurses’ability to provide culturally competent care is essential becausethey have to handle a variety of cases from diverse socialbackgrounds. The nurse ought to understand that culture definesvalues, behaviors, and attitudes. Hence, modern nursing recognizesthat cultural differences might affect a patient’s approach totreatment. Understanding these differences enhances the patientexperience and improves intervention outcomes.

Core Competencies of

At the center of cultural competence and patient care is the need toview the ill person as a unique individual. As a result, nursingviews cultural competence as an extension of patient-centered care.Nurses need to have the skills to treat patients from diverse socialand cultural backgrounds. The standards of nursing ought to beapplied universally irrespective of the background of the patient.The Nurse of the Future (NOF) lists some of the core competenciesthat the nurse should have. For instance, the nurse should becommitted to quality improvement, acknowledge the essence ofevidence-based practice, patient centered care, and endeavor toenhance professionalism (CentralizedClinical Placement Online Orientation, 2016). Equally, the nurseshould show leadership skills, system-based practice, and use ofInformation Technology IT). Communication is another key competencebecause the nurse has to deal with patients who speak variouslanguages. The need to understand the patient and his or hercaregivers is critical. Other skills include teamwork andcollaboration, as well as concern for the safety of the patient.Hence, the nurse should be committed to the overall welfare of thepatient.

Personal Attitudes, Values, and Beliefs

There is little doubt that the personal attitudes, values, andbeliefs of the nurse affect the approach and quality of care. Humanbeings have diverse experiences that shape attitudes and affectrelationships. Truong, Paradies, and Priest (2014) observed that thehealthcare provider and the patient ought to understand each otherfor the interventions to be meaningful. In this respect, it isimperative for the nurse to have a positive and all-encompassingattitude and to ensure that his or her beliefs, as well as values donot interfere with the treatment of the patient. For instance, thenurse ought to treat all patients equally regardless of their social,cultural, racial, or religious backgrounds.

It is imperative for the nurse to be open-minded, professional, andcommitted to the nursing code of ethics. In line with the above, thenurse should not allow personal beliefs or religious affiliation toinfluence the interaction with patients. In essence, a professionalnurse ought to provide social justice for all patients. Nurses shouldembrace the values of impartiality and perform their duties with therequisite objectivity (Carrizales, Zahradnik, &amp Silverio, 2016).In effect, the modern nurse ought to engage in critical reflection ofhis or her cultural heritage, beliefs, and values, as well asestablish whether such attitudes affect the quality of service.Self-awareness should be the first step because it enables the nurseto ascertain whether his or her service is culturally competent. Theknowledge of other cultures and languages ensures that theinteraction between the patient and the nurse is positive. Hence, allnurses ought to use cross-cultural knowledge and culture-sensitiveskills to ensure congruent nursing care.


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