Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Thoughts on Cultural Competence

Academic journal article Nursing Education Perspectives

Thoughts on Cultural Competence

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Thoughts on Cultural Competence

Commitment to the tenets of respect for all people and providing care that is based on thoughtful and sensitive assessment of their needs is the hallmark of nursing. The extent to which this can be achieved for

individuals from the international community, who present with an array of values, beliefs, and patterns of behavior that may be alien to most American nurses, is dependent on our appreciation of the complexity of the analysis required.

AS THE "MELTING POT" OF MODERN SOCIETY, the United States has long been associated with diversity of peoples - ethnic variety, racial multiplicity, religious mixtures - and the complexity of values these represent. Within the profession of nursing, we have embraced a commitment to providing care to people who represent diverse value systems and to exploring ways in which the various needs individuals present can be assessed and managed within the health care system.

While these goals are laudable, I fear that we may have become somewhat glib. This is an era of globalization characterized by high mobility of populations. Our commitment to the provision of culturally competent care to all people may not be realistic. Indeed, if it is realistic, it is appropriate to ask at what level of authenticity this goal can be achieved.

It is simply not possible for any one person to be cognizant of all of the intricacies and need patterns that all cultural groups bring to daily life. Further, the way in which these needs change or are altered in health and disease increases that complexity by quantum leaps. One need only look at the pioneering work of Madeleine Leininger in the identification of culture care values, linguistic meanings, and action modes to discern the massive body of knowledge that is needed to fully provide culturally responsive care. …

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