Essay about Diversity in Healthcare
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To be culturally competent the nurse needs to understand his/her own world views and those of the patient, while avoiding stereotyping and misapplication of scientific knowledge. Cultural competence is obtaining cultural information and then applying that knowledge. This cultural awareness allows you to see the entire picture and improves the quality of care and health outcomes such as a Hispanics not understanding how or when to take a medication. I feel the health staff should use all resources in obtaining an interpreter to make sure that the patient fully understands what they are taking, when, why and what it is for. "To be a true patient advocate, a nurse needs to be culturally aware," says Sue Hasenau, RN, MSN, a certified neonatal nurse practitioner and member f the TransCultural Nursing Society.
According to an article written by Duane Reynolds, "At some point in the future, healthcare professionals and providers will be forced to make cultural diversity and understanding a priority within their organizations, or they will suffer penalties from Medicare and Medicaid. Consequently, a strong, proactive approach to increasing cultural competence will prove beneficial."
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