Posted: July 20th, 2015

Cultural Competence


Providing culturally competent care is an integral component of providing quality care. With the changing demographics of today’s population, nurses need to ensure that they understand the needs and values of various cultures. As noted by Dr. Rachel Smith in this week’s media and in the course textbook, nurses develop competence through their personal experiences, awareness, and promotion of mutual respect for differences.

To prepare for this Discussion, review the media presentations and Chapter 7 in the textbook. Focus particularly on Dr. Smith’s presentation on cultural competence and on pages 146–152 in the textbook which discusses cultural competence. Also, review the Douglas, et al. article on “Standards of Practice for Culturally Competent Nursing Care.” Then, select a major ethnic or religious group from your community. With this group in mind, respond to the following questions:

•What major ethnic (mexicans) or religious (isalmic)groups are present in your community whose culture is different from your own?

•Discuss your assumptions about this group (mexican or isalmic).

•How might a nurse’s positive or negative assumptions influence the care provided, and thus health outcomes?
i would like to discuss the mexican group.

•Douglas, M. K., Rosenkoetter, M., Pacquiao, D. F., Callister, L. C., Hattar-Pollara, M., Lauderdale, J., & … Purnell, L. (2014). Guidelines for Implementing Culturally Competent Nursing Care. Journal Of Transcultural Nursing, 25(2), 109-121. doi:10.1177/1043659614520998 Retrieved from Walden University Library databases.

•Douglas, M. K., Pierce, J. U., Rosenkoetter, M., Pacquiao, D., Callister, L. C., Hattar-Pollara, M., & … Purnell, L. (2011). Standards of Practice for Culturally Competent Nursing Care: 2011 Update. Journal Of Transcultural Nursing, 22(4), 317-333. doi:10.1177/1043659611412965 Retrieved from Walden University Library databases.

•Alfano-Sobsey, E., Ledford, S. L., Decosimo, K., & Horney, J. A. (2014). Community health needs assessment in Wake County, North Carolina: partnership of public health, hospitals, academia, and other stakeholders. North Carolina Medical Journal, 75(6), 376-383. Retrieved from Walden University Library databases.

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