Cultural Diversity and Community Oriented Nursing Practice

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Culturally competent nursing care is guided by four principles (AAN Expert Panel, 1992). One of those four guided principles addresses sensitivity. Cultural competent nursing care entails providing care with sensitivity based on the cultural uniqueness of your patient. Sensitivity would be of utmost importance in the field of forensic nursing. One subspecialty of forensic nursing is the care of sexual assault patients. As a sexual assault nurse examiner cultural competence must be demonstrated as a caregiver as you observe, recognize and collect evidence in legal cases for traumatic sexual assault injury. Because we live in such a diverse society it is essential that the nurse demonstrate cultural competence in the care of all patients but especially sexual assault patients. (Stanhope: Community and Public Nursing Chapter 7)

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