Cultural Awareness in the Healthcare Environment

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Cultural awareness is one being aware of their personal attitudes, beliefs, biases, and behaviors that may influence the type of care they are able to render in an environment. One must be open minded and aware that their culture is not the only one that is "right". And that you cannot judge a patient based on their culture. Cultural competence is a set of attitudes, beliefs, behaviors, and policies that enable organizations and staff to work effectively in cross-cultural situations Cultural awareness is being "aware" of different cultures.  "Cultural competence implies that professional health care must be developed to be culturally sensitive, culturally appropriate, and culturally competent." (Spector,2009 p.8). I believe that I am both culturally aware and competent.  Throughout my nursing career I have offered home care for patients.  It has always been interesting seeing the many different cultures deal with illness and health promotion.  A home health care nurse cannot go into someone's home and just teach what they know about health promotion.  The culture and the entire family dynamic needs to be taken into consideration.  Cultural awareness is being "aware" of different cultures.  "Cultural competence implies that professional health care must be developed to be culturally sensitive, culturally appropriate, and culturally competent." (Spector,2009 p.8). I believe that I am both culturally aware and competent.  Throughout my nursing career I have offered home care for patients.  It has always been interesting seeing the many different cultures deal with illness and health promotion.  A home health care nurse cannot go into someone's home and just teach what they know about health promotion.  The culture and the entire family dynamic needs to be taken into consideration.  

Cultural Awareness and cultural competence is an essential part of working in a health care enviiornment,cultural competence is a set of attitude ,beliefs, behaviours, and policies ...
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