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The three components of cultural competence are attitude, knowledge, and skill. Attitude is being positive, tolerant, and accepting of others cultural differences. Knowledge refers to facts related to the culture and community, to be aware of the values, beliefs, and behaviors. Skill is the ability to accommodate the cultural differences(Spector, 2017). To implement these in everyday life you could read books about different cultures. Also, you could meet new people from different cultures and backgrounds and interact with them by asking them questions about their culture, views, and customs. Equally as important as cultural competence is linguistic competence. Linguistic competence is the knowledge of the language that a person has. People with LEP (Limited English Proficiency) are at higher risk for adverse events (an injury that is caused by medical care). To minimize any possible language barriers, first, one needs to examine how much they understand the language and plan the best way to communicate with them. You can use interpreters, simplified vocabulary, and possibly more nonverbal communication. The Think Cultural Health video made a good point that interpreters need to be more accessible(HHS Office of Minority Health, 2016). The diversity in the U.S. has increased a lot over the years, so now more than ever we are in great need of interpreters. This will help minimize any possible issues when receiving help at a healthcare place. Like the video stated, the hospitals and other important institutions need to strive for a treatment that the patient understands and wants to follow(HHS Office of Minority Health, 2016). As for a cultural difference, my sister works as a nurse in labor and delivery. She told me she once had a Muslim patient that was in labor that left the hospital because she could only have a female provider and they only had male providers that night and her husband would not allow it. My sister was in charge that day and since they could not accommodate their cultural need at their location, she helped call and check other hospitals to see if there were any female providers on call. The patient had to sign a release form before leaving. In certain situations sometimes it is hard to accommodate for cultural differences. This is why we as individuals need to be more accepting and readily prepared for any situation that might arise.HHS Office of Minority Health. (2016, November 4). Why culturally and linguistically appropriate services(CLAS) matter Video file. Retrieved from, R. E. (2017). Cultural diversity in health and illness (9th ed.). New York, NY: Pearson.

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