Cross Cultures Module 3 CAse - Cultural Competence Running...

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Cultural Competence Running Head: CULTURAL COMPETENCE Cultural Competence Nicole Hinton Touro University International 1
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Cultural Competence Cultural Competence The changing demographics of the nation as reflected in the 1990 census will increase the cultural diversity of the U.S. population by the year 2000, and what have heretofore been called minority groups will, on the whole constitute a national majority (Lygia, 2003). Knowledge and skills related to cultural diversity can strengthen and broaden health care delivery systems. Other cultures can provide examples of a range of alternatives in services, delivery systems, conceptualization of illness, and treatment modalities. Cultural groups often utilize traditional health care providers, identified by and respected within the group. Concepts of illness, wellness, and treatment modalities evolve from a cultural perspective or world view. Concepts of illness, health, and wellness are part of the total cultural belief system. Nurses bring their personal cultural heritage as well as the cultural and philosophical views of their education into the professional setting. Therefore, it is important for the nurse to understand that nurse-patient encounters include the interaction of three cultural systems: the culture of the nurse, the culture of the client and the culture of the setting. Access to care can be improved by providing culturally relevant, 2
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Cultural Competence responsive services. Individuals need choices of delivery systems in seeking health care. (Lygia, 2003) Nurses in clinical
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This note was uploaded on 11/29/2011 for the course HEALTH SCI BHS414 taught by Professor Unknown during the Fall '09 term at Trident Technical College.

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