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NURS 6512WEEK 2: MAIN POSTCulture and Cultural CompetenceCulture is defined in our text as a reflection of the whole of human behavior, encompassing thoughts, beliefs, interpersonal interactions, language, attitude, morality, and values (Ball, Dains, Flynn, Solomon, & Stewart, 2015). Cultural competence as it relates to healthcare includes an understanding of the key components of another person’s culture that affect health as well as understanding one’s own thoughts and feelings on their own culture and the culture of others. Cultural competence also refers to the action of utilizing cultural knowledge in providing patient-centered care (Ball, Dains, Flynn, Solomon, & Stewart, 2015). Blanchet Garneau and Pepin (2015) discuss in their article that there are two definitions of cultural competence termed essentialist and constructivist. The basic idea of the essentialist definition of cultural competence is that understanding is based solely on ethnicity and or geographic location without regard to age, gender, sexuality, or socioeconomic status. The constructivist definition builds knowledge of an individual’s culture based on the inclusion of factors such as age, gender, sexuality, and socioeconomic status. I believe that my culture is