Rasmussen College Cultural Competency in Mental Health Nursing Paper

Rasmussen College

Question Description

Submit an evidence-based practice paper about cultural competency in mental health nursing. An evidence-based practice paper allows you to explore best practice and help improve client outcomes on a psychiatric unit. Your paper should describe how you, as a nurse, will include - or have included - cultural awareness in a client diagnosed with a mental illness. The person you describe could be someone in your clinical setting, someone you have worked with in the past, or a theoretical client.

Remember that culture can also include gender equality, sexual orientation, and other cultures besides race and religion - including cultures unique to one particular family. Your paper should be at least 3 pages (double-spaced, not including the title or reference pages) in APA Format and include:

  • Assessment: Discuss what you would assess in regard to a client's culture. For example, are there specific dietary requirements? Are schedule changes necessary to avoid conflicts with religious practices? Who is the spokesperson for the family? What would you assess?
  • Diagnosis: List any mental health nursing diagnoses this person has or may be at risk for. Include at least one cultural diagnosis.
  • Planning: What planning needs to be done to ensure the cultural and emotional safety of the client?
  • Implementation: What are interventions that would ensure the safety of your client in regard to culture? Include at least two interventions. For example, if your client has religious beliefs that affect the ability to take medications, what interventions would you create to ensure the client's safety? What can you do to make sure the client's cultural needs are met?
  • Evaluation: How will you evaluate whether your implementation was effective? Make sure the parameters are objective and measurable.
  • In your summary, discuss whether any completed interventions were successful. What could be done differently in the future? If the interventions have not yet been carried out, you might discuss some institutional changes that could be made to ensure cultural safety for all clients in that setting.

Your paper should utilize proper APA guidelines and include at least three scholarly sources to support your paper. A scholarly source is a source that has been peer reviewed and has appropriate authors that are credentialed. For more information on APA, please visit the Online Library.

Final Answer



Cultural Considerations in Mental Health Nursing
Institutional Affiliation


Each society, race country or ethnic group has a culture that is unique and may be
different from other cultures. Due to the world’s globalization, it is important to understand and
respect the culture of others, in the line of duty among various professions especially mental
health nursing. Mental health nurses need therefore to incorporate skills of cultural sensitivity
and cultural competence when dealing with clients from a different social-cultural background.
This paper discusses how a mental health nurse can be culturally aware when handling a client
with mental illness. The person described in this paper is a theoretical female client of Arab
There are various factors to assess, regarding the client’s culture. Language is an
important aspect of any client’s culture, whereby people from different cultures use different
languages to communicate. As a competent health nurse, it is not a healthy practice to assume
that the client understands the language the common language or language of preference such as
English. Also, there are some titles which are given to individuals of different cultures or
languages such as Mr. Mrs., or miss, which are different in other languages of different cultures.
Language assessment is important in determining what language a nurse and client can use to
communicate and what titles can be used during the assessment and treatment sessions. If the
client is comfortable with English, then it will be used throughout the entire treatment process.
However, the needs of the clients will be prioritized. This is ne...

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