Nursing Coat of Arms: Cultural Competence, Communication, Empathy, Teamwork, and Pride

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Nursing has been a rapidly evolving profession for over the past few decades and the role of nursing has become increasingly defined. Five distinct qualities that have become essential qualities for nurses today are cultural competence, communication, empathy, teamwork and pride. This following paper will discuss and explain the five qualities mentioned above and the symbols used to represent each quality in our Coat of Arms. Cultural competence is a valuable quality nurses must process to provide quality care. This quality is especially crucial in Canada, as Canada is known for it’s culturally diversity. This quality that was first brought forth by a well-distinguished nurse named Madeleine Leininger (Leever, 2011). Leininger believed…show more content…
To symbolize cultural competence in our Coat of Arms, we chose to draw the flags that represent the origin of all our group members in the center of our template. These flags include the Canadian flag, the China flag and the Philippines flag. This represents the cultural diversity of Canada. Within our group, there are only five members; however, there are already three different cultures represented! In other words, almost all of our group members are from a different culture. This not only represents the diversity of clients, but the diversity of nurses also; hence, cultural competence is not only a significant component when interacting with clients, but it is also an important aspect when collaborating with other nurses. Furthermore, the reason for placing the flags in the center is to signify that culture is a central aspect of all human beings; it basically defines the person and who he/she is. Communication is a key quality in many professions, but none more so than in the profession of nursing. Nurses are primary health care professionals; therefore, they are usually the first health care professional the client will encounter in a health care setting (Potter & Perry, 2010). This emphasizes the importance of communication skills for nurses in two ways: first, nurses will need to effectively communicate with the client to appropriately gather all needed

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