Cultural competence is becoming an invaluable tenet of modern nursing due to increasing minority populations in the United States and an emphasis on patient-centric, individualized care in hospitals. Nurses must establish rapport with a more diverse patient population and accurately assess and diagnose patients from a variety of ethnic groups.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has begun emphasizing cultural and linguistic competency in nurse and social worker training. If nurses do not have a clear understanding of diverse cultural backgrounds, effective and equal care cannot be given to all populations. The American Nurses Association has developed a conceptual framework that individualizes patient care plans in order to increase the quality of care and streamline communication between all parties.