Cultural Competence Assessment
The United States is one of the most multicultural countries in the world. In fact it is projrected that by the year 2020 only 53% of the U.S. population will be White of European Descent (Giger, 2013). This has a huge impact on nursing because the patient population we are serving is changing very rapidly and we need to adapt in order to provide culturally appropriate care. A culturally competent nurse is one that seeks knowledge and skills that support caring for people from different cultures. Being aware of your own personal beliefs, stereotypes, of bias is the first step to becoming a culturally competent patient advocate. Completing a self-assessment that outlines your personal beliefs regarding culture and diversity is an excellent tool for self-reflection (Murphy, 2011). On the cultural diversity self-assessment I scored 137 points out of 160 points. I tried answering as honestly as possible and I was surprised on some of my answers. My two strengths include my ability to have beliefs that are my own and not a byproduct of my upbringing or those surrounding me. My other strength is that I include people of all races and cultures as part of my social circle as well as in other areas of my life. As far as weaknesses I found that once I recognized I am being stereotyped I shut down rather than try to overcome their perceptions. My other weakness includes not being fully comfortable standing up for others when they are being mistreated or judged based on their culture. Overall this assessment was very interesting to complete and it made me realize some beliefs I was unaware I had. To become more culturally aware and competent nurse you should be open to learning about different cultures. Being aware and knowledgeable of your patient’s culture is important because it can help you understand them from a holistic point of view. There is a variation in different ethnic...
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