A nurse caring for a member of an ethnic group should be aware of the cultural values, beliefs, and practices that may influence how health services are provided. A reference that can assist with providing culturally sensitive care is the National Center for Cultural Competence’s (NCCC) Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services (CLAS) standards. CLAS is a framework for creating organizational cultures within healthcare settings which emphasize respectful engagement, individualized care and communication that are responsive to diverse patient populations.
culture that a nurse could use as a reference to provide culturally sensitive care to a member of the ethnic group.
By using CLAS standards as a reference point when working with members from different ethnic backgrounds nurses can ensure their practice remains culturally aware and sensitive. This will help foster strong relationships between patients and providers thus improving overall health outcomes.
Griswold-Prenner, I., Douglas Barron, S., Oetzel John G., & Wallerstein Nina M..(2017). National Standards for Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Services in Health Care: Moving Toward Universal Accessibility . American Journal Of Public Health 107(7): 1081–1086