Body Paragraph : What Is Culture?

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Body Paragraph I: What is Culture?

Culture may be defined as the learned and shared beliefs, values and life ways guide a group’s members in patterned ways of thinking and acting, are generally transmitted inter-generationally and influence one 's thinking and action modes. Culture is often compared to a blueprint; it guides the actions that impact caregiving, health and well being. Extending far beyond ethnicity and social norms, culture, includes religious, socioeconomic, geographic, occupational, and sexual orientation-related beliefs and values. Many healthcare providers believe that overcoming linguistic barriers or having a rudimentary understanding of a few ethic practices, is enough to address the diverse needs of the client. However, that is simply not the case.
“Cultural competence is the capacity of individuals or services to incorporate ethnic/cultural considerations into all aspects of their work relative to health promotion, disease prevention and other healthcare interventions” (Killian & Waite, 2009, p. 1). Acquiring skills related to culturally competent nursing practice is important for better client outcomes, satisfaction and quality of care. This includes studying research findings of culturally competent care in nursing practice and using these as a basis for patient care decisions and actions. Cultural competence also includes advocating for the resources necessary to establish quality care for the client in the healthcare setting. In order to…

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