Cultural Awareness in Healthcare

08-03-2020 13:43

Cultural Awareness in Healthcare

Course Description

This program focuses on cultural awareness in healthcare. In this program we will review the concept of cultural awareness in healthcare and demonstrate the need to bring cultural awareness into the American healthcare system. We will also examine the Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards that the federal government has established, and show how they relate to similar standards of the Joint Commission. Lastly, we will present case studies illustrating ways nurses and other healthcare providers can take steps to integrate cultural awareness into their own practice

Learning Objectives

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

  • Describe the importance of cultural awareness in the healthcare field
  • Explain some of the cultural differences that exist among patient populations
  • Describe of some of the major cultural awareness studies that have been completed over the past 60 years
  • Explain the components of several key models that are designed to foster cultural awareness within the healthcare system
  • Explain the importance of providing culturally and linguistically appropriate care
  • Describe the CLAS standards put forth by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Describe the three categories within the CLAS standards: Governance, Leadership and Workforce; Communication and Language Assistance; and Engagement, Continuous Improvement and Accountability
  • Explain how to establish and implement an action plan that recognizes and enforces the CLAS standards
  • Describe the importance of providing culturally and linguistically appropriate care
  • Explain key, specific ways that you can take to ensure that you provide appropriate care to different ethnic groups, including people from Eastern Europe, The Middle East, Asia, and Latin America

Intended Audience

The purpose of this course is to provide nurses and other healthcare professionals with valuable information and guidance about the need for cultural awareness in the American healthcare system.

1.0 CE for Nurses

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