HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR CULTURAL COMPETENCE IN NURSING CARE SETTING?
With diversity as one of its anthem, nursing career does not solely direct with “care”, it also comes with “trust” and “open-mindedness”.
In caring for patients, cultural competency is one of the vital aspects a nurse should point out first, not just in practice but in social means, as well. How can you provide an excellent service to the patients when you don’t have this “cultural competency”?
Cultural competency is an ability to understand and communicate effectively with other people across cultures.
Therefore, being a nursing qualified individual requires cultural competence as one of its core abilities.
Here are tips to help you advance in cultural competence:
EVALUATE YOURSELF. First, initiate a self-assessment, defining your strengths and weakness when it comes to interacting with other people of different cultures. Your organization might offer self-assessment instruments which can provide detailed points in varied areas of competence.
PROGRESS COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGE OBSTACLES. One of the stumbling blocks when it comes to culture differences is language. It is much better if you learn new language or you may find a translator to effectively address your patient’s concern (for those patients with limited English proficiency).
ENROLL YOURSELF IN A CULTURAL COMPETENT TRAINING. There are already existent workshop, seminars, and trainings about cultural competence that you can obtain. If you want to self-study, there are variety of periodicals, books, or some scholarly information on the internet that provides in-depth studies about the subject.
DEEPEN YOUR INTERACTION WITH PATIENTS ACROSS CULTURES. Understanding ones norms, culture, and beliefs, simply starts through a personal conversation. Having a face-to-face encounter with these patients lets you widen your knowledge and views about everyone in different backgrounds.
Erudite Nursing Institute™ has tools to educate, inform, and nurture nursing students when it comes to the subject of cultural competence. This competence enables you to be effective not just in practice but also interpersonally.
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