Pediatric Nurse Practitioners : Care For Patients From A Diverse Cultures

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Cultural Analysis Peggy Berthelette-Brochu NRSG 6275 Northeastern University March 15, 2016 Pediatric Nurse Practitioners will care for patients from a multitude of diverse cultures. This care requires an in-depth cultural understanding. Knowledge of cultures and learned skills are vital to provide effective quality care. The ever-changing demographics and disparities in health care present as challenging. Providing cultural competent care is the essential core in today’s vast populations in the United States. Lack of culturally knowledgeable care impacts care outcomes. According to Suh, “The broader American society is composed of a mosaic of discrete cultural groups existing within the context of their values and identities” (2004, p.1). It is critical that pediatric nurse practitioners be adeptly prepared to provide culturally appropriate and sensitive care in today’s diverse society. Providing care to diverse cultures requires a continuum of learning and evolving. “Becoming culturally competent is an ongoing process” (Huber, 2009, p. 1). Cultural competence requires culture recognition, knowledge and understanding for each individual patients care. “Cultural competence in health care describes the ability of systems to provide care to patients with diverse values, beliefs and behaviors, including tailoring delivery to meet patients’ social, cultural, and linguistic needs” (Betancourt, Green, and Carrillo, p. 5). The ability to deliver culturally
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