The Cultural Care Theory
The composition of the US population is progressively facing cultural diversity at an alarming rate in the healthcare system. The knowledge about caring extends far from healthcare settings with the inclusion of culturally, socially, and linguistically integrative approaches for the well-being of the diverse population. Therefore, cultural care theory would help me as an NP to evoke an appealing effect on the patients despite having a society that is made up of different groups. The approach embodies the nursing paradigm through the humanistic profession and various scientific knowledge (McFarland & Wehbe-Alamah, 2019). For instance, the human care phenomena and the application of scientific expertise help patients regain their health status and sometimes face handicaps in culturally meaningful strategies (Kaihlanen et al., 2019). The theory explores how one’s health is affected by the cultural background. I am identified with the artistic part of the theory because I fully understand how stressful it is for a client who comes across nursing care that fails to integrate individual caring lifeways such as values and beliefs. Reasonably, the non-cultural integrative caring approach is likely to attract some moral concerns, cultural conflicts, stress, and to an extent, the non-compliance of NPs due to disagreements with patients and other health practitioners.
Equally important, the theory helps meet CLAS standards by allowing NPs and patients to have a common cultural understanding of healthcare background for constructive treatment while respecting each and everyone’s culture. Patients and NPs appreciate each other’s culture, which provides an apt opportunity in a culturally sensitive situation for personalized treatment that aims to decrease health inequities and maximize positive patient healthcare outcomes. In other words, the theory focuses on respectful quality care that meets clientele expectations through an understandable and equitable incorporation of one’s culture. Finally, it adopts healthcare literacy through preferred languages that the patient understands.
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McFarland, M. R., & Wehbe-Alamah, H. B. (2019). Leininger’s Theory of Culture Care Diversity and Universality: An Overview With a Historical Retrospective and a View Toward the Future. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 30(6), 540–557. https://doi.org/10.1177/1043659619867134Links to an external site.