The American population has become more diverse in composition than ever. The 2010 census showed just over one-third of the United States population identified themselves as members of a minority group. From 2010-2020, the overall population grew 7.3% from the 309 million counted in the 2010 census to 331 million in 2020. With the growth, the ethnic makeup of the US also changed. Groups who identify as minority accounts for nearly 40% of the population.
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.
Upon completion of the course, the learner will 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
This educational activity was developed for nurses and healthcare professionals.
This is a microlearning course. Microlearning is an approach to learning new information in small segments of 3-15 minutes in length. This course is mobile-friendly!
There is no CE associated with this course. A certificate of completion is awarded, but no contact hours are awarded. If you are interested in earning CE, navigate to and complete the full version of this course.
This course was written by Brenda Kozak, DNP, MSN, RN, CNE.
earned her doctorate in nursing practice and is a certified nurse educator. Brenda has over 20 years of clinical experience in nursing practice.