Cultural competency care requires healthcare providers to respect and recognize patients with diverse behaviours, beliefs, values, and linguistic needs. As such, healthcare professionals must understand the cultural differences in order to act accordingly. Cultural competence will enhance my professional practice as a women’s health nurse practitioner in many ways. It will be useful in promoting a healthcare system that acknowledges the importance of culture and one that includes the assessment of cross-cultural relations. The study of cultural competence care also deepens my cultural knowledge that is necessary to address the unique cultural needs. As a women health nurse practitioner, cultural competence knowledge also prepares me to discover the potential impacts of cultural diversity and ways to meet the increasing needs of a diverse population.
One of the areas that I will apply cultural competence knowledge is training other health professionals to improve their cultural skills and awareness. Although it is difficult to train employees about all cultures and subcultures, teaching them about the behaviours and beliefs of the common cultures is an ideal approach (Huber, 2018). If provided consistently, cultural competence training expands the knowledge base of the employees, which allows them to provide culturally appropriate care to the patients. Expanding the training to community health workers will help in bridging the communication gap that exists between patients from marginalized communities and the health practitioners. When done regularly, cultural training results in improved patient knowledge and health outcomes.
Another way to apply cultural competency skills is to expand health services into culturally impenetrable areas. Empirically, the health situation of the minority groups, such as women, may never improve unless these services are made available to them (Lotts, 2018). Expanding health services to culturally dense areas requires special skills that can overcome the poor health education that characterizes these populations. Upon graduation, I will be ready to solicit resources and to invest my time in working for the underserved communities. Before executing health programs in marginalized areas, it is important first to acknowledge the imbalance that exists among the minority groups. For example, where a particular group is at a higher risk of a certain health issue, it needs to be addressed from that specific cultural point of view. As a women’s health nurse practitioner, I be more involved in promoting a healthcare system that establishes credibility among the minority groups.
Recruiting and retaining health practitioners with a minority background is a successful way of creating a culturally diverse population. To achieve this, my organization will incorporate cultural attitudes in all internal communications to improve trust in the workplace. Including interpreter services also improves communication between healthcare practitioners and the patient. As such, my organization will recruit trained interpreters to provide language assistance to patients from culturally marginalized areas. The interpreters need to supplement their services with signage in languages that are commonly used by the surrounding population to be successful (Schim, Doorenbos, & Borse, 2006). What is more, cultural competence will useful in optimizing results by involving the community and family members in making key healthcare decisions. Including the family members in healthcare issues not only build trust but also helps I breaking down the disparities between cultural groups.
Overall, it is important for healthcare professionals to adopt cultural standards amid increasing diverse populations. As a women’s health practitioner, I will take advantage of the in-field experience and knowledge in cultural competence care to effect change.
Huber, D. (2018). Leadership and nursing care management-e-book. Elsevier Health Sciences.
Lotts, L. (2018). What is culturally competent care? Retrieved from https://www.nursepractitionerschools.com/faq/what-is-culturally-competent-care/
Schim, S. M., Doorenbos, A. Z., & Borse, N. N. (2006). Enhancing cultural competence among hospice staff. American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine®, 23(5), 404-411.