Cultural Competence And Its Diversity

1380 Words Nov 18th, 2015 6 Pages
Cultural Competence BY: Nardos, Carmen, and Mona
Cultural Competence
Is the ability to apply knowledge and skills needed to provide high-quality, evidence-based care to clients of diverse backgrounds and beliefs to overcome barriers and access resources promoting health and wellness (Pearson, p.1640,2015)
Characteristics of Cultural Competence are

Valuing Diversity
Cultural Self-Assessment
Cultural Awareness
Cultural Knowledge
Cultural Adaptability

Valuing Diversity
Diversity refers to an array of differences among individuals, groups, and communities (Pearson, p.1629, 2015).
Differences among individuals are: sex, age, culture, ethnicity, race, socioeconomic status, educational attainment, and spirituality.
Diversity can occur between and within groups and communities
Capacity for Cultured Self Assessment
Recognizing the common prejudices can help you self evaluate.
Prejudices are preconceived notions or judgements about certain groups or populations that are damaging because they have been shaped without any actual background information.
No one becomes culturally aware or culturally competent overnight (Pearson, p.1641, 2015).

Cultural Awareness
To be culturally aware we must first develop self-awareness; it helps nurses to comprehend and differentiate their own behavior, culture, attitude, and beliefs with the clients’ (Johnson, M. & McGee, P., 2014, p.91); “Self-examination of one’s own prejudice and biases toward other cultures, and an in –depth exploration…
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