Essay about An Integral Part Of Nursing Cultural Competency

1689 Words Dec 4th, 2015 7 Pages
Today’s society is a global community. More and more people are immigrating to different countries including the United States. As a result, nurses must become competent in providing care to numerous cultures. Nurses must strive to become competent in understanding the values, beliefs, and health care expectations of the communities and cultures they are serving. Dr. Leininger’s Theory of Culture Care Diversity and Universality has given nursing a framework and a model that continue to guide transcultural nursing education, research, and practice, equipping nursing students and professional nurses with the knowledge and skills to provide care and caring to diverse people, groups, communities, and institutions” (McFarland & Wehbe-Alamah, 2015, p. 517).
An integral part of nursing cultural competency deals with providing care to the family. This can include parents, grandparents and children. As cultures establish themselves in other parts of the world from their home lands, they may adopt part of the practices of their new land, but they also retain their own traditions and practices. Transcultural care in childbearing is of utmost importance as although the basic process is the same many cultures have traditions, practices or religious rites that must be observed. “Childbearing is a time of transition and social celebration of central importance in any society, signaling a realignment of existing cultural roles and responsibilities, psychological and biologic…

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