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Diversity and Health Care

Diversityand Health Care

Diversityand Health Care

Observingcultural range in the hospitals is very vital to a country’s needto eliminate inequities in the quality and availability of healthcare for the undermined populations. As a result of the increasingpopulation, alongside the variation in demographic and dynamics inthe world, a clear method to embrace diversity in health care workersis fundamental(Purnell etal.,2012).Therefore, health professionals need to have a strategy to cope witha diverse group of patients from different cultures associated withvalues, practices, customs, and beliefs (Jeffreysetal.,2015).Health care workers need to get involved in the process of adheringto diversity competent. The paper focuses on the concept of diversityin health care, explaining how it affects the quality of the servicesprovided by the medical practitioners to the patients.

Diversityin Healthcare and Providers

Accordingto Purnell(2012),the key players in health diversity are the health professionassociations, institutions educating health experts, as well as theindividual practitioners. All add to excellence besides thetraditional competent healthcare initiative and plans. Therefore,healthcare providers need to consistently strive diligently and workeffectively within the cultural context of diverse patients includingfamilies, individuals, and the community as a whole. Additionally,health professionals need to have self-exposure regarding theimportance of different patient lists, as that will lead to propercommunication between the patients and higher level of medical care.Jeffreys(2015) arguedthat the medical experts have to pay particular consideration to thecultural requisites of their patients, while nurses are primarilyapprehensive of the matters related to diversity as they spend muchtime with the health care seekers. Thus, nurses can enhance recoveryof their patients while helping them to go through their healthproblems, and successfully returning to the normal life. Furthermore,diversity in health care is a very fundamental concept in modernnursing. Thus, health professionals should endeavor to comprehend theessence of diversity. Also, every medical expert should approach apatient while taking keen consideration of the diverse cultural andindividual requirements to facilitate better health care performance(Jeffreys etal.,2015).

Diversityin Healthcare Settings

Theset up of healthcare systems should focus on traditional diversityand social backgrounds besides the anticipations of the patients. Intandem with that, Borkowskietal.(2015) asserted that thediversity within the health establishments for medical professionalhave to work together successfully as per the patients` culture.Thus, nurses will maximize the effectiveness of their tasks in thediverse work environment.

CulturalDiversity of Patients

Itis arguable that the issue of diversity is hindering the work ofhealth providers consistently as patients have varied culturalbackgrounds, forcing nurses to learn how to deal with suchdisparities. Therefore, nurses have to develop some diverse set ofvalues, principles, ethical norms, and diverse models of behavior.For instance, they have to model mentally, physically and spirituallybecause it is very easy to get consumed with the daily duties(GCU, 2015).Furthermore, some diversity raise problems in the course of nursework since the practitioners may provide patients with health careservices which are not conforming to the patients’ values, orethical norms and principles. Therefore, nurses have to adapt tocultural variations in health care setting as a priority in theireducation and professional development due to the growingmulticultural environment and immigration(Purnell etal.,2012)

Moreover,Jeffreys(2015) outlined that diversityin healthcare affects not only nurses-patients relationships, butalso the rapport among the nurses, and the health care professionalsworking within one or the same healthcare organization. That is dueto the diverse cultural practice between personnel of hospitals andmedical centers. Therefore, as a requirement, every healthprofessional should interact effectively with one another regardlessof cultural differences. Thus, medical experts should comprehend theneeds and core values, principles, and ethical norms of theirworkmates to cultivate the effective strategies used in their regularwork roster (Jeffreysetal.,2015).Nurses will thus maximize their performance as they deliverhealthcare services of the highest quality.

HealthcareDiversity in Foreign Training of Nurses

Thecurrent emergence of cooperation between health care organizationsand professionals has triggered the need for international trainingof nurses from various countries in the national healthcareorganizations. It has raised problems concerning diversity oftraditions, cultural background, and standard of nurses. As a result,Jeffreysetal.(2015) observed that nurseshave to adapt their working ethics to some global standards tominimize conflicts among themselves, and between nurses and patients,as a result of the cultural disparities that confront theassociations.

Diversityin Healthcare within the Community

Localcommunities can affect both patients and the healthcareprofessionals, forcing nurses to interact with them to provide properhealth services successfully in some cases(Borkowski etal.,2015).Similarly, local communities and health organizations interactionsalso prevent development of various diseases within the community.However, for it to succeed, heath organizations need to understandthe community cultural background, norms, needs and the traditions ofthe community nurses deeply (Purnelletal.,2012).


Fromthe above considerations, it is important to understand diversity inhealth care because nurses work in culturally diverse environments.That way, the services offered will be in line with the expectationsof the patients concerning their values, practices, customs, andbeliefs hence, it would be possible to deliver high-quality careservices. Besides, the consideration of diversity issues among thehealth practitioners will ensure positive interactions betweenexperts from distinct cultural backgrounds, and that will in turnfacilitate high performance with respect to care services.


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