American Sentinel University’s Blog Series Examines Culturally Competent Care in Nursing

Nurses Effectively Meeting the Needs of Diverse Patients is Critical to Addressing Healthcare Challenges that Face Society

AURORA, Colo. – March 22, 2017 – American Sentinel University’s new three-part blog series ‘Cultural Competency’ explores the importance of culturally competent care in nursing practice.

Nurses in the U.S. are caring for a progressively more diverse population, so it is essential to have a nursing workforce that reflects the population to deliver cost-effective, high-quality care that improves patients’ satisfaction and health outcomes,” says Elaine Foster, Ph.D., MSN, RN, Dean of Nursing and Healthcare Programs at American Sentinel University.

The blog series examines the ways nurses are challenged to provide effective care to patients of all beliefs, races, and cultures.

The foundation of cultural sensitivity is the awareness that differences between people exist, without assigning a value to them. Dr. Foster points out that this mindset is consistent with the nursing mission of patient advocacy and patient-centric care, as well as the ethical responsibility to respect the rights and dignity of every patient.

“Culturally competent care does not require you to change your worldview,” says Dr. Foster. “It just means you accept others’, act with empathy, and adapt your behavior as necessary to respect the values of other cultures.”

Cultural differences can affect patient assessment, teaching, and patient outcomes, as well as overall patient compliance.

Dr. Foster says nurses that effectively meet the care and needs of diverse patients are imperative to address many of the healthcare challenges facing society today.

The Cultural Competency blog series will run through March 27, 2017.

To learn more about the importance of culturally competent care in nursing practice, visit the ‘Cultural Competency Series’ on American Sentinel University’s ‘The Sentinel Watch’ healthcare blog.

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