Intercultural Abilities Nurses Should Have

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There is an increasing number of diverse cultures within the health care system. Therefore, nurses in general, or any healthcare professionals not only need to know how to care of patients from their culture, but they also must be able to care of patients from other cultures with different health beliefs, values, and practices. Cultural views of individuals influence their perceptions and decisions of health attitudes and health cares; in order to care for people across different languages and cultures, nurses need to develop cultural sensitivity, awareness, competence, and humility (Creasia & Parker, 2007). Among these, cultural competent and humility are the foundation to provide optimal quality care within diverse groups of people.…show more content…
Examples of How I will Use this Information in My Practice As a healthcare professional, I acknowledge the key role that culture plays to influence behavior in patients. Therefore, I haven’t let any cultural barrier limit my ability to meet the needs of my patients or reduce their opportunities to benefit from services that I can provide. Language difference is a challenge to both paitiens and nurses in communicating about health beliefs, values, descriptions of symptoms (Polan & Taylor, 2011). Therefore, patiens can become frustrated, or are unable to comply with treatment if they do not understand. In addition, patients were more likely to ask more questions and will have better understanding with nurses who also speak the same language as theirs (Polan & Taylor, 2011). In order to enhance my communication with non-English speaking patients, I usually use language line service or interpreters. All written translators such as consent forms, patient educations and instructions are printed in languages appropriate with the patient’s if they are available. For example, when ill or injured, Hispanic people frequently consult with other family members and often ask them to come along to medical or hospital visits. Hispanic families are more likely to be involved in the treatment and decision-making process. Patients may not the
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