NURS 301: Health Assessment and Promotion in Nursing Practice within Culturally Diverse Populations
This course is designed to assist the professional nurse to further develop interviewing skills and physical assessment skills which will be used in working with patient populations, including multicultural groups. Students will interview and assess individuals and analyze assessment data which they will then compare and contrast to normal findings to determine specific health care needs. Emphasis will be placed on patients’ cultural considerations and access to care in their community.
This course has helped to shape the way I view health assessment and health promotion across the lifespan. Health promotion and assessment requires dedicated skill and cultural competency to handle the various cultures and lifestyles present in our ever changing society. The role of the registered nurse has shifted from simple medical knowledge to becoming a nurse who displays cultural competency and sensitivity. Regardless of one’s personal bias, the nurse should be prepared to deliver care reflective of the needs of the patient. This involves assessment of their socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation and identity. The registered nurse serves as the bridge between the clinical and the emotional. We advocate for the needs of the patient. We seek to bridge the gap in health disparities across different cultural groups.