Nursing Advocacy and its Role in Cultural Diversity
Examine how to be a patient advocate for all individuals, particularly those who are from a
different culture than your own.
First, consider an ethical dilemma that you have encountered in your own nursing practice—
choose one that was caused by a misunderstanding between people from different cultures.
Describe that situation clearly.
How did each group or individual perceive the dilemma? (Present both sides, objectively.)
Identify the conflicting values and belief systems held by each group.
What data was missing—what information did the health care providers not have about the
Next, define culturally congruent care.
Minimum of four (4) total references: two (2) references from required course materials and two
(2) peer-reviewed references. All references must be no older than five years (unless making a
specific point using a seminal piece of information)
Peer-reviewed references include references from professional data bases such as PubMed or
CINHAL applicable to population and practice area, along with evidence based clinical practice
guidelines. Examples of unacceptable references are Wikipedia, UpToDate, Epocrates,
Medscape, WebMD, hospital organizations, insurance recommendations, & secondary clinical