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Culteral Competence Paper
Pages 5 (1255 words)
Cultural Competence Name Course Instructor’s Name Date Abstract The essay aims to address a two-fold objective to wit: (1) to discuss potential cultural/linguistic needs of a chosen culture or ethnic group; and (2) to discuss the role of the nurse in meeting the identified needs and how professional practice should support the CLAS standards.
Berry-Caban and Crespo (2008) define cultural competency as “a set of skills that allow health care providers to increase their understanding and appreciation of cultural differences between groups” (p. 115). In addition, Leever (2011) stated that cultural competence is always present in cultural awareness, knowledge, skill, encounters, and desires (p. 562). Thus, cultural competence provides a big picture of every patient’s culture which may impact the delivery of care and how nurses deal with patients. In addition, cultural competence leads to a conflict-free health care system because clashes of cultural beliefs between the health care providers and patients will be addressed and avoided. Hispanics are considered as the fastest growing population in the United States with approximately 32 million residents (Castro & Ruiz, 2009, 278). Hispanics have rich culture and majority of the population are considered “limited English proficient”. Aside from language issues, other cultural factors that may affect nurse-patient relationship and delivery of quality care include gender role concepts, cultural beliefs about the effectiveness of cures and treatments, and cultural values and attitudes (Castro & Ruiz, 2009, 279). ...
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