Culture Competence


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It is important that in your role as a student nurse and later as a Registered nurse that you are able to provide care that is client centred and culturally safe. The Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia provides guidelines for professional practice which include a Code of Professional Conduct for Nurses in Australia (2008). Code of Ethics for Nurses in Australia (2008); and the Standards for practice (2016). These guidelines provide a framework to support reflective practice for which we are accountable and responsible.Write a 2000 word reflective essay: Incorporating the knowledge you have gained throughout the course and this unit and with reference to your Codes and Standards for practice, discuss how you will analyse and apply culturally safe care to a client/client group of your choosing,

  1. Select a client or client group that you have an interest in or have had experience with. (i.e. age, gender, ethnicity, homeless, disabled).
  2. Use concepts and knowledge gained throughout your course and this unit to Identify the health issues that may impact your chosen client/group
  3. Select ONE issue and analyse the cultural factors that currently impact on the health outcomes of your chosen client/ client group as well as what those health outcomes are. Then determine how you might asses and provide care for your selected client/ group using culturally safe practice.
  4. Incorporate theoretical frameworks (at least two) to draw connections between your ideas and provide structure to your argument (i.e. knowing, 4 dimensions, etic and emic viewpoints, cultural competence, social imagination, social determinants). Reflect on your personal response to your findings and how this may impact on your practice. (Knowing self).
  5. Identify the requirements for utilisation and distribution of resources to achieve a culturally safe environment for you and your clients. (i.e. cultural knowledge, competence, access, alternate services).
  6. It will be necessary to incorporate the knowledge gained from the course work, your readings, your first assessment pieces (ASS 1) as well as supporting evidence from a minimum of 10 quality journal articles/ readings of your choice.


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