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NURS 6512: Advanced Health Assessment and Diagnostic ReasoningWeek 2: Diversity and Health AssessmentMain Discussion PostWith the multicultural population growing in the United States, it is imperative that healthcare workers be aware of factors that affect each group so they can implement culturally sensitive and competent care into their practice. Cultural competence is defined by Bedoya, Boroughs, O'Cleirigh, and Safren (2015) as having a sound understanding of cultural influences that affect the ability of healthcare professionals to provide appropriate care for patients from diverse cultural, religious, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic groups. Attaining cultural competence involves self-awareness, broad knowledge of core cultural issues and reflecting on how one's values and cultural beliefs can impact the care being provided (reflective practice) (Ball, Dains, Flynn, Solomon, and Stewart 2015). Ball et al. (2015) describe a culturally competent practitioner as one that is aware of the unique needs of patients from diverse background and can adapt to these needs. The ability of practitioners to adapt, along with true