Cultural Competency And Cultural Humility

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• What is the difference between the terms cultural competence and cultural humility? There seems to be some differences between cultural competence and cultural humility. According to Purnell (2013), “cultural competence in health care is having the knowledge, abilities, and skills to deliver care that is congruent with patients cultural beliefs and practice” (p.7). In my opinion this means as a nurse you are willing to acknowledge each patients cultural differences and accommodate their care needs to the unique beliefs and practices. According to Foster (2009), cultural competence is an ever changing and broad component of a family dynamics; therefore it is difficult to declare that someone is competent in this area (p.100). Cultural …show more content…
All of these are great ways for a nurse to become familiar with the population in which they are working with. It is also important not to stereotype patients based on the knowledge you have gained about their culture and beliefs. One thing I have learned is that all families vary in their personal beliefs and …show more content…
A cultural skill is the ability to gather culturally relevant information about your patient that pertains to their current problems (Campinha-Bacote, 2011, p. 3). Utilizing cultural skill allows the nurse to assess the patient’s beliefs and values to integrate the information into the patient’s plan of care. Providing holistic patient-centered care can take extra time, but by taking this approach the nurse is able to develop a “mutually acceptable and culturally relevant treatment plan for each patient problem (Campinha-Bacote, 2011, p. 3). There are several mnemonics that have been developed to assist healthcare workers in performing a cultural assessment. One in particular that I thought would be beneficial in my scope of practice as a nurse, and seemed similar to what I have been doing at the Cancer Center this year is the Levine, Like, and Gottlieb (2000) ETHNIC mnemonic (Campinha-Bacote, 2011, p.4). The reason I chose this particular assessment tool is because it integrates many of the components that we assess for each

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