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Keywords

cultural competence, cultural competence skills, culturally competent nursing care, nursing models of cultural competence, theoretical frameworks for cultural competence

 

Authors

  1. Willis, Winnie O. ScD, RN

Abstract

Effective nursing interventions require culturally competent nursing practice. Nurses can develop the skill sets needed to provide culturally competent care. These skills derive from nursing principles and practice that support respect for individual dignity and self-determination. Sweeping changes in health care delivery have shortened the length of client exposure to nursing care, especially in perinatal nursing. Moreover, changes in the United States population challenge the nurse's ability to respond appropriately to the expectations, values, and beliefs of many diverse cultural groups. Nursing theoretical frameworks provide a basis for cultural competence in practice.