Diversity in the Workplace Christine A. Joynes Walden University NURS 3000 Section 14, Issues and Trends in Nursing November 3, 2013 Diversity in the Workplace Nurses are responsible for providing culturally competent and sensitive care to a very diverse population. It is for that reason that it is important to have a diverse population of nurses available to provide quality care and to assist their colleagues in learning about the different needs of other cultures and communities. The purpose of this paper is to look at some reasons why diversity in the workplace is important. It will also focus in particular on the issues related to gender diversity. Importance of Diversity in the Workplace Diversity in the workplace is important for many reasons.
Ethical and Legal Issues in Nursing In nursing profession, The America Nursing Associate (ANA) Code of Ethic acts as a backbone to guide health care team to look deep into all different angle when making ethical decision. The Code of Ethic was created to assist nurses to preserve his or her professional principle of values, morals and ethical when caring for patients. Every nurses have a duty to protect and respect all patients' cultural belief, values, and dignity. Moral and ethical principles are the cord to direct any ethical decision making. It is a path to the open road for nurses to gain critical thinking, differ aspect of life.
The changes in the health care delivery systems around the world have intensified nurses’ responsibilities and workloads. Nurses must now deal with patients’ increased acuity and complexity in regard to their care situation. Despite such hardships, nurses must find ways to preserve their caring practice and Jean Watson’s caring theory can be seen as indispensable to this goal. Watson’s theory attempts to move nursing from the modernist view of the human body as machine and reality as discrete, elemental, and concrete into a world of the metaphysical where the interdependent and nondiscrete nature of a world and the spiritual nature of humans is of paramount importance (George, 2011). Jean Watson is an American nursing scholar born in West Virginia and now living in Boulder, Colorado.
It therefore becomes apparent why it is imperative for professionals of all types to have an awareness, knowledge, and appreciation for others whose beliefs, practices, and values are different. This essay discusses how this awareness relates to the concept of cultural competency and the implications it has on the professional and healthcare industry. What is cultural competence? To be culturally competent the healthcare provider needs to understand his/her own worldviews and those of the patient, while avoiding stereotyping and misapplication of scientific knowledge. Cultural competence is obtaining cultural information and then applying that knowledge.
Abstract One of the most important aspects of nursing is non-judgmental care. In order for us to be able to give that to each of our patients we need to be aware of the beliefs and practices of other cultures. We also need to be aware of our own feelings, biases, misperceptions, and potential prejudices against those cultures. We, as nurses, need to make sure that we educate ourselves on health care practices that include transcultural care to ensure we give the highest level of care and develop the best plans of care possible for each of our patients. I believe that one of the cultures that is commonly misjudged or misunderstood is the Islamic community.
5). She also taught and mentored her transcultural nursing approach, which continues to be used today. Leininger did not believe in the integration of the standard metaparadigm so often used by nursing theorists to define the terms of health, environment, nursing, and person (Leininger & McFarland, 2006, p. 7). It was important that both caring and cultural regard was at the center of nursing care and has succeeded in bringing awareness to the validity of providing culturally competent care. Leininger believed that caring and culture were to be defined as a human phenomenon and not centered on a restricting metaparadigm (Leininger & McFarland,
In my own experience as a psychiatric nurse I have in recent years become aware of the importance of an understanding of cultural diversity. Whenever one treats or deals with patients from different cultures, one has to take into account their cultural norms and predilections in the process of nursing. This also relates to the view that nursing should be a profession that is as open as possible to the feelings and views of the patient. This means to be effective the nurse must be aware of the way that people from different cultures perceive and respond to the healing process. "This trend towards an awareness of cultural diversity is evident in many fields, including nursing and healthcare.
Watson’s caring philosophy is used to guide transformative models of caring and healing practices for nurses, different healthcare professionals, caregivers and patients worldwide. Watson believes that it is possible to read, study, learn, research, teach about the theory, but to truly understand one has to personally experience it. (Sitzman & Watson, 2014). According to Jean Watson health is defined as high level of physical, social and mental functioning. Watson indicates throughout her work that all human beings have inherent needs to participate in caring exchanges, both as giver and receiver and that nursing holds the essence of this fundamental need.
Cultural Competency and Healthcare Disparities Cultural competency has been defined as the ability to recognize and respond to health-related beliefs and cultural values in a manner that results in culturally-appropriate and effective treatment to address disease incidence (Wright, 2008). Additionally, it requires a deep respect for cultural differences and an interest in learning and accepting different perspectives and beliefs. As patient advocates, nurses must utilize a process, rather than focus on a result, that allows them to operate within the cultural context of the patient and their family (Ndiwane, 2004). (Cross, Barzon, Dennis, & Isaacs, 1989) defined five elements essential to any institution or agency’s cultural competency efforts. They propose that in order to successfully
Person Centred Care Person Centred Care is a major skills acquired by a healthcare providers.Which main target is individual traits of character in doing health care provision. Treat every person as a unique human being disregard his/her age, culture, sex and race.Acknowledge, respect, and take into considerations the choice that every service is entitled to. Set some standards for practice but not so precise to deny the specific application demands of each individual uniqueness. Guidelines might be essential for the care providers to include complex concerns that help the nurses but sometimes leads to apart a patients' rights. According to Professor Draper ,getting to know the person behind the illness is the key principle of person centred nursing care.We as the care providers needs to listen diligently to our patients conditions, treat as a unique human being.