Cultural Competence Is Defined By Stewart And Denisco
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Cultural Interview Paper
Cultural competence is defined by Stewart and Denisco (2015) as “the demonstration of knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors based on diverse and relevant cultural experiences” (p. 113). Cultural competence should manifest itself in the presence of cultural competence behaviors. These are the observable actions that grow out of increased experiences with diversity, gains in awareness, and refinement of sensitivity to the beliefs and values of others (Srewart & Denisco, 2015).
As a future healthcare professional, developing cultural competence is necessary in order to be effective in the task of creating a safe environment for our patients where they can tell their story and receive the care they need. Health disparities are characterized by differences in the incidence, prevalence, mortality, and disease burden to specific populations groups in the United States (Raingruber, 204). These health disparities may be contributable to a number of factors such as age, gender, educational attainment, socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, and a myriad of other factors (Raingruber, 2014). In order to meet the challenge of reducing health disparities and improving the overall health care system, nurses must make efforts to engage and understand their patients from the frame of reference of their patient’s culture (Raingruber, 2014).
This paper is the direct result of a student nurse engaging in an experience with diversity with the aim of gaining increased