Thursday, 20 July 2006: 3:30 PM-5:00 PM
A Roadmap for Planning and Implementing an Effective Culturally Competent Nursing Program: An Academic Medical Center Experience
Learning Objective #1: Describe a framework to guide health care organizations in planning and implementing an effective cultural competent program
Learning Objective #2: Discuss strategies for overcoming some of the barriers and inherent challenges for bridging the gap between clinicians knowledge and behavioral change
Health care organizations recognize the need and importance of culturally competent care as a component of safety, quality and patient centeredness. Most also know where they would like to be regarding cultural proficiency. However, only a few know how to get there. The University of Pennsylvania Hospital's Department of Nursing took a giant stride towards implementing an effective cultural competence education program. The innovative steps include a strong leadership commitment, an establishment of a cultural competence committee, a plan that ebbs from the outcome of a diverse staff creativity, partnership with hospital access and admission department for accurate and appropriate ethnic data collection, a house-wide nursing survey and analysis, an education /training that was developed from the survey findings, community partnership, and ongoing education and training with evaluations. Didactic presentations, case studies, skills building exercises will be used to demonstrate strategies for overcoming some inherent challenges for bridging the gap between clinicians' knowledge and behavioral change. Behavioral change is effected when culturally competent practices become part of the organizational culture and value system.
Organizer:Rita K. Adeniran, RN, MSN, CMAC
Presenters:Rita K. Adeniran, RN, MSN, CMAC
Joan U. Bretschneider, PhD, RN