Cultural Competency In Nursing Education

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 Educational Considerations of Cultural Competencies

Cultural Competency In Nursing Education

What Is Cultural Competency,Impact of Cultural Competencies In Nursing Education,Outcomes of Cultural Competencies.

What Is Cultural Competency

   cultural competence is a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that enable working effectively in cross-cultural situations (cross, et al 1989). Culturally competent care is based on cultural beliefs, heritage, behaviors, and attitudes (giger et al. 2007), culture is comprised of the beliefs of groups (american nurses association [anal 1991)

Impact of Cultural Competencies In Nursing Education

   As the population of the united states becomes more diverse (us census bureau. 2010 striving for cultural competence. Is imperative in nursing education. This includes cultural assessment that takes into consideration cultural values, beliefs, and health care practices (douglas et al. 2011 ).there are several models and methods that can be used in the teaching of cultural competence and for cultural assessment.the american association of colleges of nursing (aacn) tool kit of resources for culturally competent education for baccalaureate nurses (2008) provides many resources and recommends several models that can be used. The national league of nursing competence is a critical component in providing culturally congruent care to every patient; (b) culturally competent care requires the ability to be aware of one's own values, beliefs, and perspectives in addition to understanding these aspects in others (jeffreys, 2010) and (c) the development of cultural competence requires inter action with diverse families, communities, and health care providers in addition to diverse patients (leininger & mcfarland, 2002).

Outcomes of Cultural Competencies

   Nursing faculty and students can develop cultural competence through assessing and becoming aware of their own cultural background. It is important to maintain a sensitive, open attitude toward others with an awareness of potential biases. The quest for cultural competency begins in nursing education and needs to be modeled by nurse educators through their own efforts to continue the process of cultural competence. Faculty continuing education programs aid in cultural competence (douglas et al., 2011). Additional research in the teaching, learning, and assessment of cultural competence is needed to expand evidence-based practice.

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