Cultural Competence in Nursing Education

A lot of people believe that it is important to become culturally aware, sensitive to our surrounding, and competent in a particular field of study. Sometimes, when I travel, I usually think about the diversity I see within our major metropolitan areas to pass time on my trip. But even just in our small cities and rural towns, where there’s a seeming insufficient diversity, most people in America are a combination of ethnic skills, an expression from the melting pot that so characterizes our predominant culture. Within the era of genetic mapping, it is necessary for all of us to understand our roots. But how about individuals that are not like us? That is why it is vital to sometimes immerse in a culture which was totally unfamiliar when it comes to ethnicity, cultural mores, and religious activities. It is amazing how strange it feels not to stay in most, to become not aware on how to go about activities, communications, and traditions.

That has brought to ideas about a person entering a healthcare facility for the first time. Within our hospitals, there exists a special, different culture, a distinctive pattern of communication and unspoken rules of behavior that, the assumption is, everybody knows. Following a brief overview of our nursing education literature concerning the teaching of cultural competence in nursing and health professions educational programs (Institute of Medicine, 2003), it might be better to extend our discussions beyond what we should train as cultural competence, to maneuver beyond ethnicity and racial variations, to variations in culture which exist between patients and companies to better improve the quality of our nursing education programs. In healthcare conditions, we, the companies, would be the parents of the culture. Frequently we don’t want things to change, for the status quo feels safe, but change is inevitable, and the best thing to do is to make sure that the changes in our nursing education happens in a positive and beneficial way.

Encouraging Nursing School Quotes

The Nursing profession can be challenging, and whether you’re nursing student or have been a nurse for a long time, sometimes you just need a little motivation to keep you going. Here are some inspirational quotes to encourage every nurse and nursing student to make you smile.

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  • “Some people dream of success… while others wake up and work hard at it.” -Author Unknown
  • “It is not how much you do but how much love you put in the doing.” – Mother Theresa
  • “Nurses are angels in comfortable shoes.”  -Author Unknown
  • “Constant attention by a good nurse may be just as important as a major operation by a surgeon.”  -Dag Hammarskjold
  • “Nurses are the heart of healthcare.”  -Donna Wilk Cardillo
  • “A leader is a dealer in hope.” -Napoleon Bonaparte
  • “Nursing would be a dream job if there were no doctors.”  -Gerhard Kocher
  • “Whether a person is a male or female, a nurse is a nurse.” – Gary Veale
  • “Caring is the essence of nursing”. – Jean Watson
  • “Unless we are making progress in our nursing every year, every month, every week, take my word for it we are going back.” – Florence Nightingale
  • Our job as nurses is to cushion the sorrow and celebrate the joy, everyday, while we are “just doing our jobs.” – Christine Belle
  • “At the end of the day, love and compassion will win.” – Terry Waite
  • “A good deed is never lost: he who sows courtesy reaps friendship; and he who plants kindness gathers love.” – Saint Basil

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