A Cultural humility approach to inclusive and equitable nursing care

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Nursing Clinics of North America: The Culture of Care


The nursing workforce does not represent the diversity of patients in their care. Nursing students historically have been taught cultural competence, with a core value for diversity, equity, and inclusion, but health inequities remain a problem. Cultural humility goes beyond cultural competency, offering nurses a perpetual learning role from the individual patients in their care. The concept of cultural humility also offers bedside nurses a way to overcome implicit and explicit bias through self-awareness and active listening, but it may not be well understood.