The Importance Of Cultural Competency In Nursing

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There are many factors that influence the ability for advance practice nurses to provide culturally competent care. The nursing profession is challenged by the growing number of ethnically diverse group in our country that require health care. Minority groups now account for 37% of the population in the United States, and it is predicted that by 2050, that will grow to 50% (Lee, Fitzpatrick, & Baik, 2013). During the 2011 Census, it was documented that 381 individual languages and dialects are spoken in the United States. This variation in languages makes it extremely difficult to communicate with patients, assess their discharge needs, and provide education. The nursing profession is challenged by this demographic shift since the demographics…show more content…
Cultural competency is adaptive, dynamic, and there is a strong emphasis on the value of diversity. Health professionals and organizations must develop and demonstrate cultural competence skills personally, professionally, and as an…show more content…
There is no end-point to searching out knowledge of other cultures and demonstrating understanding. It is through life experience that one learn of cultures. Caring, empathy, understanding, treating others as you would want to be treated are attributes of my personal philosophy regarding cultural competence. Though out my nursing career, I have come to realize that the profession of nursing is constantly changing and redefining. Defining practice through theory has validated nursing as a profession. Defining the skills needed for cultural competencies is rooted in caring, and core to the nurse-patient relationship. If a nurse cannot display caring or empathy, cultural competence cannot be attained. As our world becomes smaller and our society becomes more ethnically diverse cultural competence will be a necessary skill for health care professional. For nurses, caring, person-centered care, cultural competence, and quality is what defines practice for the 21st century nurse (Leininger,
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