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Social & Cultural Considerations in Health Care Assignment

Assignment Purpose and Description

Purpose

In alignment with the course outcome “Discover the importance of self-examination as a means of improving relationships with others,” the purpose of this assignment is to:

  • examine the concept of cultural competency
  • reflect on the importance of cultural competency within the healthcare field. 

 

Description

Write a 3 to 4 page paper (850 to 1000 word) discussing the following:

  • definition of culture
  • importance of culture 
  • definition of cultural competency
  • importance of cultural competency in healthcare
  • healthcare workplace practices that promote diversity and enhance cultural competency

 

Requirements

  • Paraphrasing tutorial
  • Evaluating Information tutorial
  • Identifying keywords tutorial
  • 5 sources minimum (e.g. articles, books, credible websites), including your textbook
  • Paper outline
  • 3 to 4 page (850 to 1000 word) paper
  • APA reference list and in-text citations

 

Marking Rubric

Follow the marking rubric to ensure you meet the assignment requirements.

 

Follow the steps in this guide to complete your assignment.


 

Help!

Get help with researching, APA citing, and writing through the Library and Learning Curve.

Step 1: Define Cultural Competency

By the end of this section, students will be able to

  • create a reference list using NoodleTools
  • define cultural competency.

1. Log into NoodleTools to start a reference list and add your textbook.

 

2. Using your textbook, define the term cultural competency. The definition must be in your own words.

Complete the paraphrasing tutorial below. This will help you write your definition.

Note: Make sure to include an in-text citation, where appropriate, in your definition. NoodleTools can help with what your in-text citation should look like!

Step 2: Review Questions About Cultural Competency

Questions

1. What is culture and why is it important?

 

2. Why should healthcare providers be trained in cultural competency? Discuss the importance of adjusting one’s approach to align with the needs of the client.

 

3. What are examples of good workplace practices that promote respect for diversity and enhance the cultural competency of healthcare providers?

 

Instructions

Review the assignment questions in preparation for finding supporting resources (e.g. articles, books, credible websites, etc.) for your answers.

For each question:

  • Provide 3 supporting details to your answer. Make sure to clearly explain how these details support your answer.
  • Use 1 source, other than the textbook, to support your reasoning. 
  • Write 250 words, approximately, for each answer.

 

Helpful hint!

Turn each question into an answer. For example, "Culture is defined as..."; "It (culture) is important because..."

Step 3: Find Resources and Add Them to Your Reference List

By the end of this section, students will be able to:

  • evaluate relevancy and credibility of information
  • identify keywords to create a research strategy
  • demonstrate research skills
  • identify articles that relate to their research topic
  • demonstrate critical thinking skills.

Finding Resources

Keeping the three assignment questions in mind, find credible sources that will support your answers.

 

1. Complete the Evaluating Information tutorial and read through the evaluating information tips linked below. These will help you determine what are credible sources

 

2. Complete the tutorial linked below to help you choose search terms for your topics.

 

3. Using your keywords and the databases below, find articles that discuss your topics.

You can also look for information using your keywords in a search engine (e.g. Google). Remember to apply the skills you learned in the Evaluating Information and Identifying Keywords tutorials.

 

EBSCOhost is a great place to start your search for articles. Type your keywords into the search box below.

Journal Article Search

 


ScienceDirect is another great place to search for articles.

 


PubMed Central is a great place to search for articles related to health care and medicine.

PubMed Logo

Search PubMed:     

 


The Directory of Open Access Journals is another place to search for articles.

 


Books and videos available in the ACC Library are another great source of information. Enter your search terms in the search box below to see what's available in the library.

 


Sometimes the ACC Library might not have books related to your topic, but don't worry, you might find related books at the Brandon University (BU) library! You can borrow books from the BU library - simply go to the BU library with your ACC Student Card and register at the front desk.


Citing

1.​ Log into NoodleTools and add to your reference list the sources you plan to use in your paper.


How to Cite a Website in NoodleTools

 

How to Cite an EBSCOhost Journal Article in NoodleTools

Note: Journal articles in other databases (ScienceDirect, PubMed, etc.) are cited the same way, but you might find the necessary information within the article, instead of on a specific details page.

Step 4: Create an Outline

By the end of this section, students will be able to:

  • organize their thoughts and supporting resources into a paper outline
  • create an outline using NoodleTools Outline or the Planning the Essay handout.

1. Use the Sample Outline (found below the Creating and Using Outlines tutorial video) to create an outline for your paper.

a. You can create an outline in NoodleTools using the Notecards feature and even copy and paste the Sample Outline points into it! Watch the Notecards and Outline tutorials found below the Sample Outline.

b. Or use the Planning the Essay handout.

Note: You can use a different tool or program to create your outline, if you'd like. 

Tutorial: Creating and Using Outlines


Suggested Outline

  1. Introduction: From General to Specific
    1. Attention Getter. Begin with an attention grabber about the importance of diversity that is an interesting quote or a surprising fact or statement.  Make sure to cite it in APA style and add it to your Reference in Noodle tools. 
    2. Context. Plug in your definition of Cultural Competency
    3. Thesis. Cultural competency is a necessary part of being an effective healthcare aide.
  1. Body Paragraph 1: What is culture and why is it important?
    1. Topic Sentence (This is your re-worded answer to the question 1.)
    2. Supporting Detail 1 (with Explanation)
    3. Supporting Detail 2 (with Explanation)
    4. Supporting Detail 3 (with Explanation)
    5. Concluding Sentence/Transition Sentence
  1. Body Paragraph 2: Why should healthcare providers be trained in cultural competency?
    1. Topic Sentence (This is your re-worded answer to the question 2. It should include the importance of adjusting one’s approach to align with the needs of the client.)
    2. Supporting Detail 1 (with Explanation)
    3. Supporting Detail 2 (with Explanation)
    4. Supporting Detail 3 (with Explanation)
    5. Concluding Sentence/Transition Sentence
  1. Body Paragraph 3: What are examples of good workplace practices that promote respect for diversity and enhance the cultural competency of healthcare providers?
    1. Topic Sentence (This is your re-worded answer to the question 3.)
    2. Supporting Detail 1 (with Explanation)
    3. Supporting Detail 2 (with Explanation)
    4. Supporting Detail 3 (with Explanation)
    5. Concluding Sentence/Transition Sentence
  1. Conclusion: From Specific to General
    1. Recap Thesis (Tip: split into two sentences)
    2. Context (Answer the question, So What? Why should it matter to the person reading your paper?)
    3. Leave your audience thinking (Prediction eg. If x, then y. OR Suggestion eg. X should/must/ought to do y because…) 

 

Tutorial: How to Create NoodleTools Notecards

 

Tutorial: How to Create an Outline in NoodleTools

Step 5: Write Your Paper

By the end of this section, students will be able to:

  • write a cohesive paper
  • demonstrate an understanding of their topic
  • demonstrate critical thinking skills.


1. Write a 3 to 4 page (850 to 1000 word) paper, using your work from the previous steps, to answer the assignment questions.

 

For help with your writing, look at the tips, links, and tutorials on the following guides: