Cultural competence can be define as obtaining cultural information about patients and then applying the knowledge in order to improve nursing care and patients health status. In today’s Australian health care professional have to be culturally competent and sensitive to other people culture as they have to deal with patients of diverse social, economical, political and cultural environment with different belief system. According to 2012 census data by Australian bureau of statistics out of total population only 2.5% identified themselves as Torres strait islander people and 26% of them are immigrant and further 20% having one parent born
Furthermore, twelve key components of a comprehensive cultural assessment were discovered and included: incidence of biocultural variation and disease prevalence; communication; cultural affiliations; cultural sanctions and restrictions; developmental considerations; economics; educational background; health-related beliefs and practices; kinship and social networks; nutrition; religion and spirituality; and values orientation. To help facilitate the cultural assessment process, through the building of strong patient and nurse relationship, five communication principles can be used. These basic principles of communication included mutual respect, harmonized goals, a supportive environment, transparency and full disclosure, and continuous learning. In the end, by properly assessing the patient’s cultural embeddedness, treatment plans can be improved, and successful patient health outcomes will surely
This was agreed upon on by ---,--- when he noted that patients often win legal battles against health practitioners who were sued because of cultural malpractice and negligence. Aside from the importance of cultural competence between health practitioners and clients, it is also of great value and significance between health care professionals in the workplace. Every staff belongs to one or more group and an awareness of each culture is necessary to develop a healthy work relationship. According to ---,--- without sufficient cultural awareness, personal appraisal and sensitivity, the interaction between the staff will form
Joyce J. Fitzpatrick author of “Cultural Competence in Nursing Education Revisited” claims that having a week long cultural competence course is not adequate enough to competently care for a patient of another culture. She thinks that nursing students need a more enriched program on this issue and that one way to get a valuable learning experience is to join the international student exchange and travel to a different region. Likewise, Tracey Longs’ article “Influence of International Service-Learning on Nursing Student Self-Efficacy toward Cultural Competence” also talks about the positive impact travelling aboard had on sixteen nursing students. Longs’ article talks about the positive impact continuing cultural education had on the nurses’ ability to provide confident care the patients deserved. However, this was only for a select few students who could afford the cost of this experience while being able to leave their job and families for an extended period of time.
Care provided this way would support healing, enhance patient experience and lead to faster discharge. Nursing from my experience, are culturally sensitive and adjusted accordingly to a variety of requests from patients and accommodated most of them. Nursing staff today works with a diverse population and it is important to stay professional and culturally sensitive. Nurses should assess their own knowledge, feelings and values when providing care for patients from different backgrounds. It also important to know about different cultures and increase personal cultural awareness (Leishman, 2004).
Cultural competence is much more than awareness of cultural differences, as it focuses on the capacity of the health system to improve health and wellbeing by integrating the understanding and appreciation of different cultures. To become more culturally competent, a health service or professional or system needs to value diversity, have the capacity for cultural self-assessment, be conscious of the dynamics that ,occur when cultures interact institutionalise cultural knowledge, adapt service delivery so that it reflects an understanding of the diversity between and within Cultures. Equity of Australian healthcare access is important for all Australians and is difficult to achieve when access issues are not addressed. As well as these issues, some patients from a culturally and linguistically diverse background experience discrimination from the system of health care due to their country of origin, cultural background, and religious beliefs. Healthcare professionals need to recognise this potential and be prepared to advocate for their patients when necessary to ensure adequate care.
Transcultural nursing focuses on care, beliefs, value and patterned lifeway’s to provide efficient care to patients (Leininger, McFarland, 2002, p.5-6). In Leininger’s transcultural nursing, nurses would practice taking the patients culture into consideration. According to Leininger there are many benefits to gathering cultural information from the patient to use in treating the patient. It helps to understand culturally how patients deal with illness and death. Also, there is a lot of diversity in the work area so being knowledgeable of the different cultures could help in strengthening the nurse-patient relationship.
Introduction The growing cultural changes in the United States provide opportunities and challenges in healthcare for providers, systems, and policy makers. There is a growing consensus amongst healthcare workers that it is necessary to produce and provide culturally competent services. Cultural competence is defined as “the ability of providers and organizations to effectively deliver health care services that meet the social, cultural, and linguistic needs of patients” (Seeleman et al, 2015). A major topic of discussion amongst health professionals at industry conferences is the improvement of health outcomes and quality of care- specifically the contribution of culturally competent cares towards the elimination of racial and ethnic health disparities. More and more Plans to move the health care system towards the goal of cultural competence is being realized due to the health implications of being stagnant (Seeleman et al, 2015).
Integrating theories of nursing, applying leadership and management strategies, integrating research and evidence based practice, influences of the health care policy and regulatory environment, collaborating with health care professionals, participating in professional activities, using technologies, being innovative, and adapting various decision strategies are needed to provide culturally competent care for individuals, families, and communities. The list of outcomes is deemed in order for us students to provide culturally competent care to our patients. The paper does a great job in accomplishing these outcomes and understanding them better for
It is this emphasis on patient and their needs that allows for tailored judgment and interventions. Moreover, nurses should respect patients’ responsibility, ability and participation for their own health. Nurses surrender their desire to control, and focus on co-operation and collaboration in making judgment (Gibson, 1991). Patient empowerment urged nurses to think out of a patriarchal framework. Indeed, it is the nurses clinical expertise, collaborative skills and their knowledge of the health care system that serves as a source of power that allow nurses to make their care delivery more patient centered (Ponte et.