Therefore, healthcare organizations should encourage and promote cultural expertise to ensure that it offers healthcare services that are consistent with the patient’s culture and preferences. Similarly, institutions of healthcare sciences should be encouraged to prepare students to be future healthcare professionals who are culturally competent. For instance, the nursing program of the St. Thomas University is dedicated to the creation of nurse leaders to engage evidence- based practice, consistent learning, and society participation. Personal beliefs on cultural competence Cultural competence involves understanding one's culture as well as that of others and developing a positive attitude towards cultural differences. I believe that various cultures help in shaping the world, and it is where it now due to the contribution from individuals of diverse cultures and ethnic backgrounds. Culture affects several factors including, how children are
CULTURALLY PROFICIENT NURSING 3 raised, how people communicate with each other, code of dressing, and when to seek medical attention as well as how things are viewed including what is considered normal or abnormal.