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NRHL 5502 Ethical and Culturally Competent Health Care Professional

This is a foundational course requiring a minimum letter grade of “B”. Cross listed with NRHL 382.

Format: Online
Duration: 8 weeks

In a society of globalization, our patient population is comprised of individuals with different racial, ethnic, socioeconomic, religious and cultural backgrounds. NRHL 5502 Ethical and Culturally Competent Healthcare Professional explores the behaviors, attitudes and skills that enable nurses, educators, administrators and social change agents to work effectively in cross-cultural situations.

Throughout the course, you will examine how culture influences the health of individuals, families and communities and how different people respond to health promotion, disease prevention and illness management strategies. In addition, you will discuss ethical considerations that relate to different groups and health institutions, putting your learning into practice and gaining insights from fellow classmates and your instructor.

What You’ll Learn in NRHL 5502

This course examines the interplay among socio-cultural contexts, ethics and cultural beliefs about health and illness. You’ll explore basic principles of epidemiology, community-based assessment and evaluation, issues of equity and the risks to vulnerable populations.

Course Topics

Throughout this course, weekly topics may include but are not limited to:

  • Introduction to Culturally-Competent Care and Health Disparities—Cultural Diversity
  • Nursing Models of Culturally-Competent Care
  • Cultural Competency—Cultural Influence on Beliefs about Health and Illness—Therapeutic Cross-Cultural Communication
  • Introduction to the Basic Ethical Principles
  • Codes of Ethical Behavior and Ethical Reasoning
  • Ethical Challenges and Application of the Ethical Decision Making Process
  • Ethical Issues among Interprofessional Relationships
  • Personal and Professional Responsibility for Institutional and Public Policy

Planning Your Time

Course Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of NRHL 5502, you will be able to:

  • Analyze theoretical and experiential knowledge relevant to understanding culture and human diversity.
  • Compare nursing models of culturally competent care pertinent to individuals, groups, families and communities.
  • Examine cultural influences on beliefs about health and illness.
  • Utilize evidence-based strategies in culturally sensitive communication with diverse individuals and families.
  • Critically analyze the basic ethical principles, codes of ethics and ethical reasoning in relationship to patient care and health systems.
  • Apply an ethical decision-making process to resolve an ethical conflict or dilemma.
  • Develop an understanding as well as an appreciation of the professional responsibility for institutional ethics policies and standards.
  • Analyze the use of patient care and other technologies to deliver and enhance care.

*Disclaimer: Course content and outcomes may vary and are subject to change without notice.

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To learn more about the online Master of Science in Nursing curriculum from Benedictine University, including Ethical and Culturally Competent Healthcare Professional, call (866) 295-3104 to speak with a program manager or request more information.

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