Cultural Congruence In Nursing

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Transcultural nursing requires us to care for our patients by providing culturally sensitive care over a broad spectrum of patients. The purpose of this post is to describe cultural baggage, ethnocentrism, cultural imposition, prejudice, discrimination, and cultural congruence. I will also give an example of each term to help you understand the terminology related to nursing care. I will definite cultural self-assessment and explain why it is valuable for nurses to understand what their own self-assessment means. Finally, I will describe the five steps to delivering culturally congruent nursing care and how I have applied these concepts in my nursing practice. The first concept is cultural baggage. Cultural baggage refers to a person’s own…show more content…
Nursing cultural congruence is when we adapt to another’s beliefs, values and lifestyle in order to provide that individual or group better care (Andrews & Boyle, 2016). In order for a nurse to have cultural congruence, they must have some type of knowledge of the various cultural traditions and respect those cultures. By understanding the way a culture factor influences nursing care, we are able to improve our teachings, improve understanding and provide overall better care for a healthier outcome for our patients. An example of this could be having a staff member that is bilingual or teaching materials written in a different…show more content…
According to Andrews & Boyle (2016), the first step is for the nurse to do a self-assessment of themselves in order to identify their beliefs toward people with different backgrounds, which will provide clarification of possible unknown behaviors. The second step is to set a goal between the patient and those involved with the patient’s care. Step three involves developing a care plan that will include all cultural factors involving the patients care. Step four is implementation of the care plan by the healthcare team and those involved with the patient’s care. Step five is the last step and evaluates the care plan to make sure that the quality of care is acceptable and is based off scientific evidence and best practices. If there are any changes or adjustments that need to be made with the patient’s care, modification will be done to the care plan and these steps should be repeated (Andrews & Boyle,
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