Demonstrate and Improve Cultural Competence in Nursing

As the U.S. continues to diversify, so do patient populations. By demonstrating and increasing your cultural competence, you can enhance care quality, patient outcomes, and patient-staff relationships.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the 2020 Census indicated the U.S. is now more racially and ethnically diverse than in 2010. And in a 2021 Gallup poll, more individuals identified as a part of the LGBTQ+ community than in 2012.

As we strive for inclusive practices, we should consider the attributes, identities, and affiliations of patients, colleagues, and nurse leaders. Differences and similarities may involve anything from a person’s religious practices to their dietary restrictions. Cultural competence in nursing is the practice of understanding these types of differences and using them to inform how we build relationships and provide care — with awareness, empathy, and skill.

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