Cultural Diversity


Inthe nursing profession, cultural diversity refers to the ability toappreciate the cultural differences of different people whilerecognizing and appreciating the similarities that exist in the humanneeds and values. The core values and needs include the need forrelationships, the feelings of being attached to someone and care. Asthe health professionals, we should diversify the cultural beliefsand treat every individual as if we belong to the same culturalcommunity and share the same beliefs. This diversity will help inreducing the existing health disparities and have an equitable healthcare system. This can only be achieved through being sensitive to allcultures and having an unbiased quality care.

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Thenursing profession has identified the basic human wants that needintervention. The wants are both physical and psychosocial. Becauseof the increasing society that the nurses interact with in their dayto day lives and activities, the nurses have started to learndifferent cultures and to make themselves aware and familiar with thecultures of their clients. Although it’s hard to learn everycultural values and belief of every client you interact with,cultural assessments on clients can help attend the patientsefficiently and effectively. The assessments will be made on allpeople whether we share some beliefs in common or not. Continuedinquiry of the health conditions of clients helps the nurses learnthe cultural beliefs, and this will help improve the delivery ofservices (Swiggum, 1995).


Aftertaking the assessment of the cultures of the clients, some areasneeded improvement for better delivery of services. The areas mayinclude cultural values and lifestyles, religious beliefs, social,legal and educational factors among others. To start with,educational levels of both the nurse and the client may vary, andthis can bring major differences between the two. In the course oftheir training and education, the health care providers should employdifferent approaches so that they can address the issues of culturaldiversity. For instance, the profession should employ techniques thatare aimed at addressing the issue of cultural competence. In additionto this factor, the working environment of the nurses contributes tothe relationship between the client and the nurse. A nurse who hasbeen employed in an area of different cultural diversity may notperform as a nurse who has worked in the same for some time.

Suggestionsfor improving the transcultural healthcare

Thetraining of nurses should employ methods that are universal latterthan group specific. These universal methods equip the nurses withthe necessary knowledge and skills to handle clients from differentcultural backgrounds. Secondly, the health nurses should change theirnormal places of work and explore other environments of people withdifferent clients. This will enable the nurse meet with differentclients of different skills and culture and diversify the skillsnecessary to interact with the new clients. Thirdly, high priorityand final patient-centered outcomes should be used at the correctplace depending on the type of the client. Due to differentreligions, nurses should try to come into terms with clients fromreligions that do not belief in health care services.


Forbetter delivery of services, the health care professionals especiallythe nurses should diversify their cultural beliefs and lifestyles sothat they will attend the clients in an efficient and effective wayas if they share the same culture.


Swiggum,P. (1995). in Care: The Cultural Assessment.CreativeNursing,1,5, 8.