In an era where cultural competency is becoming the trademark requirement in health care organization, it is necessary to ensure all subsystems in the body are culturally competent. The healthcare organizations can achieve cultural competency by training each sector within the organization on the same (Truong, Paradies, & Priest, 2014). One important part of my health care team is its nursing leadership. The healthcare organization I work for has invested heavily in training nurse leaders.
The agency has taken to train nurse leaders because it is part of their corporate responsibility. Being a health care organization, it has a duty to the customers in its immediate environment. The training is to help other members adapt to the culture shift in the organization. If the others in the organization can successfully adjust to the change in the culture then ultimately the organization achieves its cultural competency goals (Loftin, Hartin, Branson, & Reyes, 2013). The whole body will be able to meet the health needs of the people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Patient satisfaction with the care will be higher than before the leadership classes.
This organization is also taking advantage of the unique position of nurse leaders. This group understands that nurse leaders are powerful and influential in the organization. Because of the power and the influence that they hold the team has opted to train them through leadership classes. After training the nurses will be competent in the matter and through their leadership skills they will influence the other in the organization to adapt to the change in culture (Dauvrin & Lorant, 2015). They nurse leaders after training will be good role models for the others in the group to copy regarding adaptation to cultural change.
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Loftin, C., Hartin, V., Branson, M., & Reyes, H. (2013). Measures of Cultural Competence in Nurses: An Integrative Review. The Scientific World Journal, 2013, 1-10. http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2013/289101
Truong, M., Paradies, Y., & Priest, N. (2014). Interventions to improve cultural competency in healthcare: a systematic review of reviews. BMC Health Services Research, 14(1). http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6963-14-99