November 2, 2010 Leave a comment
Cedar Sinai Park will be presenting at this year’s Nurturing Cultural Competence in Nursing Conference, an event spearheaded by the Oregon Center for Nursing (OCN) and the Oregon Community Foundation (OCF) to showcase outcomes of 13 projects designed to improve the cultural competence of nurses. The conference takes place on Thursday, November 4, 2010 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Governor Hotel.
Cedar Sinai Park’s Cultural Competence in Nursing project began by engaging diversity consultants to provide four train-the-trainer cultural competence sessions with pre-selected CSP nurses. The purpose of these train-the-trainer sessions was to prepare nurses to take on new leadership roles in guiding other staff members in cultural competence through nurse-led training workshops.
The nurse-led workshops were guided by two core values — community participation and hands-on learning. Hands-on learning with interactive exercises provided staff members with the opportunity to reflect on one’s own construct of cultural competence and fostered social responsibility and caring for others.
Promising practices developed through the CSP’s project include the following:
- Allocate sufficient time for cultural competence training and in-services in order to foster personal growth and development of team partnerships.
- Work toward creating safe environments by acknowledging and accepting that individuals have diverse world views.
CSP’s project granted staff the time and space to develop a new lexicon for exploring and discussing cultural competence. Fresh insights were described as guiding lights for a new way to approach openness, respect and celebration of diversity. And finally, the project has both empowered and inspired nurse leaders to take the next important steps toward long-term sustainability.