Importance Of Diversity In Nursing

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Nursing is a profession that requires many skills. One of those skills includes being open to diversity. Diversity is a wide range of races and cultures from the people we help care for. I was taught that in order to be a good nurse, we have to know our feelings first, then become competent about others and set our own feelings aside. The purpose of this discussion is to define words related to diversity and give examples, define culture self-assessment, and describe the five steps in the process for delivering culturally congruent nursing care. Culture baggage is a person’s culture influencing their every thought and action without them realizing it (Andrews & Boyle, 2016). One patient used her rosary for everything. The patient would never let it go. The patient had it in their hands when sleeping, eating, laying there, and even using the restroom. Ethnocentrism is the belief that one’s own culture and beliefs triumph everyone else’s (Andrews & Boyle, 2016). One patient used God’s power and took it into her own view. Every single person that went into the patient’s room, the patient would tell them how many hours or days they have till they were going to die. The patient told everyone they were demons and would burn in hell. The patient said she knew what the almighty wanted. Cultural imposition is people or groups pressing their…show more content…
Thinking enables nurses to understand how their own beliefs have influenced them. It allows them to know what they are strong in and what areas they need to work on that may affect the care they deliver (Andrews & Boyle, 2016). Culture self-assessment is important because if nurses are not aware of themselves, it can greatly impact how they help others, which can be negative. Culture self-assessment is a need and is a worldwide concern; however it is a hard thing to measure (Loftin, Hartin, Branson, & Reyes,
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