Diversity Is The Changing Demographics And Economics Of Our Growing Multicultural World

1309 Words Jun 22nd, 2015 6 Pages
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Masereh Jallow

Topic: Diversity in Nursing

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Topic: Diversity in Nursing

Diversity: The changing demographics and economics of our growing multicultural world, and the long-standing disparities in the health status of people from culturally diverse backgrounds has challenged health care providers and organizations to consider cultural diversity as a priority. Culture is one of the organizing concepts upon which nursing is based and defined. Leininger (2002) defines culture as a set of values, beliefs and traditions that are led by a specific group of people and handed down from generation to generation. Culture is learned shared and transmitted values, life way practices of a particular group that guides thinking, decisions and actions in particular way. The most primary means to transmit culture and preserve it is communication (Berenson LD, 2011) Test book. Culture is not static; it is a dynamic ever-changing process. Cultural values and norms differ from one society to another.

In health care settings, cultural awareness, sensitivity, and competence behaviors are necessary because even such concepts as health, illness, suffering, and care mean different things to different people. Knowledge of cultural customs enables health care providers to provide better care and help avoid misunderstandings among staff, residents/patients, and families. Understanding of cultural diversity is vital at all…
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