NR394 Week 2 Discussion: Reflection on Cultural Awareness

As nurses, we work with patients, providers and healthcare team members whose native language is not English. This diversity may lead to challenges with communication and the nurse being “caught in the middle.” Consider how to apply cultural awareness to nursing practice.

  • Reflect on how to apply cultural awareness to communication in your current clinical practice.
  • Share an example of miscommunication that occurred as a result of this diversity and whether an adverse outcome resulted.
  • Describe how the miscommunication could have been and will be prevented in the future.


Cultural awareness implies understanding one’s culture and how it shapes one’s behaviour. Cultural diversity in healthcare setting is ever increasing which create an urgent need for healthcare workers to be culturally sensitive. As a nurse, there are several tactics I use to ensure that I practice cultural awareness in the workplace. For instance, I pay attention to differences in culture which makes me more careful when interacting with colleagues and patients from different cultural backgrounds as me. In a bid to increase my cultural awareness, I interact more with colleagues from diverse cultural backgrounds to learn more about different cultures. This has enabled me to learn social behaviours and beliefs of…Please click the icon to purchase the full answer at only $5