Racial And Ethnic Diversity Within The United States

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Racial and ethnic diversity within the United States has grown rapidly over the last several years and is expected to continue to grow. According to Pardasani & Bandyopadhyay (2014), "racial/ethnic minorities, now roughly one-third of the U.S. population, are expected to become the majority in 2042, with the nation projected to be 54 percent non Caucasian" (p. 90). Nurses are caring for patients who come from diverse racial, ethnic, religious and socioeconomic backgrounds in health care settings across the United States. Therefore, it is the nurse 's responsibility to provide culturally competent care to patients, in turn providing high quality care. According to deChesnay and Anderson (2016), cultural competence is a way of providing care that takes into account cultural differences between the nurse and the patient, while meeting the health needs of the patient" (p. 33). It 's an ongoing process for nurses, which involves accepting and respecting cultural differences and not letting your own personal views and beliefs influence how you care for your patients. There are many ways to provide culturally competent care to patients, especially those from vulnerable populations. According to Douglas et al. (2014), guidelines for providing culturally competent nursing care include having knowledge of cultures, obtaining education and training in culturally competent care, performing critical self-reflection, providing cross cultural communication, advocating for patients…
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