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To complete this course, you must do the following:

  • Read the Overview and Course Objectives.
  • Study the Terminology.
  • Read the course material.
  • Complete the Learning Activity.
  • Complete the Post Test with a score of 80% or more.

  • Overview

    The American population has become more diverse in composition than ever. Almost 30% of the population identified themselves as members of a minority group in the 2000 census.1 As a result, nurses must be more than clinically competent to provide quality care, they must also be culturally competent. This course provides an overview of skills necessary for nurses and others to become culturally competent in providing patient care in any healthcare setting.

    The purpose of this program is to provide nurses and others a basic understanding of culturally competent care.

    After completing this course, the learner should be able to:

  • Define culturally competent care and the nurse's role in that care model.
  • Describe common barriers to cultural competency.
  • Discuss the elements that go into an effective model of cultural competence.
  • Explain common "explanatory models" that describe the worldview of cultures.
  • Describe the role of communication and language in providing culturally competent care.

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