Essay about Cultural Competence And Health Care

817 Words Apr 29th, 2016 4 Pages
With the evolution of patient care worldwide nursing education has always been at the forefront of culture and health disparities studies in preparing there student for the real world. Numerous education modules on cultural diversity, cultural sensitivity and cultural competence have emerged within the field in which accredited programs have been able to choose and select from to mold their pupils. In hindsight most of the research related to cultural competence pointed back to Dr. Josepha Campinha-Bacote’s model of cultural competence in health care delivery. This model stresses how “cultural competence is an ongoing process” that healthcare provider should view themselves as not already being culturally competent rather striving to become culturally competent during the delivery of the healthcare. This process allows the clinician in these cases nurses, to empathize with their patients to the best of their ability. This in turn allows for better communication and understanding between clinician and patient. As well leaves little room for additional cultural barriers such as stereotyping. This method is just one of many that nursing students are educated in their curriculums.
Another pioneer in the field of nursing and cultural competence education is Dr. Madeleine M. Leininger who coined the term transcultural nursing. Transcultural nursing is a theory in which nurses are taught how to integrate worldwide cultures, comparative cultural caring health, and nursing phenomena…

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