Sustaining Cultural Competency In Nursing Research

1038 Words5 Pages
There is no question that significant health disparities exist between racial and ethnic groups today. Research consistently shows that “patients of color experience poorer quality of care and health outcomes contributing to increased risks and accelerated mortality rates relative to their white counterparts.” This statistic is unacceptable and must be addressed in order to improve the health of our minority populations and increase the health of our society in general. For nurses and other health practitioners, it is not only a professional duty; it is a moral one. Cultural competence is “a set of congruent behaviors, attitudes, and policies that come together in a system, agency or among professionals and enable that system, agency or those professions to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.” In other words, to be culturally competent, professionals must provide superior, respectful medical care to all patients. This must start with building an understanding of basic philosophies and value systems of different population groups. This is especially critical in the nursing field where much time is spent providing hands on care with each patient. A nurse must be sensitive to language differences, social cues and personal lifestyle choices…show more content…
It is necessary to bring in community partners, conduct assessments and develop formal action plans. The agency must ensure that linguistic supports are available, encourage true diversity within the workforce and incorporate a formal grievance plan to address identified needs and

More about Sustaining Cultural Competency In Nursing Research

Open Document