Lesson 1, Topic 1
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Get Ready for the NCLEX Examination!

May 3, 2021

•Transcultural nursing is practiced when the nurse consistently attempts to apply knowledge about culture to all aspects of care.
•To achieve cultural competence, the nurse needs an understanding of individual cultural beliefs and practices and an ability to perceive the health care setting from the patient’s point of view. This understanding helps the nurse to be more open and sensitive to the patient’s cultural values.
•The impact of culture on behaviors, attitudes, and values depends on individual factors and varies among members of a specific cultural group.
•Beliefs and practices vary among and within cultures.
•Ethnocentrism can interfere with development of cultural competence. It is essential to be open to other cultures and value their beliefs and to recognize that your own cultural beliefs are not necessarily superior to those of others.
•A preconceived idea that all members of a particular group possess the same attributes is known as stereotyping.
•Ethnic and racial stereotyping can lead to assumptions about an individual that are often inaccurate.
•Recognition of different health belief systems assists the nurse to develop a plan of care that incorporates varying beliefs.
•Nursing diagnoses are based on the biomedical health belief system and may have limitations when used to develop a plan of care for culturally diverse patients with different health beliefs.
•Increased knowledge about cultural groups is imperative as transcultural nursing continues to be important in health care.