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What is meant by culturally sensitive nursing care How does it apply to nursing In order to understand culturally sensitive nursing care you must first understand culture and cultural diversity Culture guides our thinking doing and being and becomes patterned expressions of who we are Basic Nursing 2003 Cultural diversity is the difference between people rooted in a shared belief and value system based on norms customs and way of life Knowledge of cultural diversity is important in all levels of nursing because it comes through communication and education between clients and nurses Culturally sensitive nursing care recognizes the need for respect and acknowledgement of the wholeness of all human beings regardless of culture race ethnicity heritage religion everyone has a unique background Culturally sensitive nursing care is a required factor that must be practiced It is significant in order to care and understand importance to the patient resulting in comfort for the family as well as the patient This also increases the chance of compliance and eases the passage for family and friends Providing the necessary care is not the only value to a strong outcome but communication and developing a strong clientnurse relationship must be practiced to ensure a positive outcome Culturally sensitive nursing care may possibly be difficult for some to practice but it makes healthcare challenging and rewarding Health to an individual of any culture ethnicity or race is viewed as a positive outcome balanced environment and strong lifestyle Regardless of the illness everyone wants the same outcome Health practices such as nutrition diet exercise and environment are all believed to be practices which are beneficial and have a positive effect on an individual Perceptions of benefits can differ between cultures A practice which is important to someone of a different culture can be less important to us but have beneficially results Cultural health practices also must be respected and not ignored since its important to the client Cultural practices
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