Cultural competency is an ability of health care providers to address the cultural, linguistic and social needs of patients. Cultural competency is mastery of skills that offers appropriate awareness and sensitivity to individuals who are in cross-cultural situation per (Green & Reinckens, 2013). It is the demand of today’s world be culturally competent to administer the best care to the population diverse in culture.
The goal is the promotion of health and the prevention of diseases by utilizing appropriate tools. In simple words to provide high-quality care for people of all cultures. It is imperative for healthcare professionals to be aware of the sensitivity of the matter when they are involved in the care of the patient who has various cultural and religious beliefs.
The knowledge, attitude, and skills are an essential aspect of learning about cultural diversity. The cultural competence in health care has gained national attention. Policymakers, physicians, and administrators have recognized cultural issues.In 2012 the Joint Commission set up new cultural competency standards. According to (The Joint Commission, 2014) cultural competency standards, organizations and health care provider focus on value diversity, assess themselves, manage the dynamics of difference, acquire and institutionalize cultural knowledge and adapt to variety and the cultural contexts of individuals and communities served. Nurses should keep themselves informed and updated to current standards.
Nurses can access information on the website of the Department of Health and Human Service (HHS) related to culture competency. Learn about the most common culture in their area. Nurses being a leader can help other professionals to improve patient outcomes through cultural competency.