Cultural Competency for Healthcare Workers

Cultural Competency for Healthcare Workers

Course Expiration Date: 8/31/2022

If you are a member of SC AHEC this course is free with an enrollment key which you may obtain from the AHEC contact person within your organization.

 If you are purchasing this course the cost is $87.50 payable through PayPal when you enroll.

Course Description: This course will provide participants with a basic understanding of culture, cultural competency and how they relate to the provision of healthcare.

Instructor: Michael Caudill MA, RN

Target Audience: All Healthcare professionals

Learning Outcomes: After completing this activity, the participant will be able to:

  • define culture and cultural competency.
  • list the legal, regulatory and professional bases underlying the practice of cultural competence.
  • describe the demographic and social forces behind the need for a cultural competent practice.
  • describe current interactions where culture influences provider/patient interactions.
  • choose appropriate behaviors from scenarios that accommodate the cultural preferences of different cultural groups.
  • demonstrate how personal space and areas of the body that are considered private vary among cultures.
  • analyze current approaches to patient care and identify areas for improvement.
  • incorporate a new awareness of their own cultural attitudes, beliefs and behaviors when interacting with clients/patients.
  • integrate approaches into practice that anticipate and accommodate differences in cultural values.

Length of Course: 3.5 hours (with videos)

Credit Statements:

Licensed Nurses:  Upstate AHEC is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Upon successful completion of this program, participants will receive 3.5 nursing continuing professional development hours

Respiratory Care Practitioners: 3.5  clock hours will be awarded by Upstate AHEC, an approved provider of continuing education for respiratory care practitioners by the SC Board of Medical Examiners.

Dietitians:  3.5 hours of CPE for registered dietitians.

Social Workers: This program has been approved for 3.5 clock hours of non-social work continuing education by Upstate AHEC, as part of the SC AHEC system, under its accreditation by the SC Board of Social Work Examiners.

Counselors and Therapists: This program has been approved for 3.5 hours of continuing education by SC AHEC under its accreditation by the SC Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists.

Others: This educational offering provides 0.35 CEUs (3.5 clock hours) by Upstate AHEC and meets SC AHEC Best Practice Standards.

Disclosure Statement: Upstate AHEC’s conflict of interest policy requires speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity of this program to disclose any real or apparent commercial financial affiliations related to the content of this presentation or materials.

The speaker(s), the planning committee members, and all others in a position to control this activity have signed a vested interest form declaring no conflict of interest in this activity.

Provision of this education activity by Upstate AHEC does not imply endorsement by Upstate AHEC or ANCC of any commercial products displayed in conjunction with this activity.  

Credit Requirements: To receive CE credit for completing this online course you must complete 100% of the material, receive at least 80% passing grade on post-test and complete the evaluation.

Once you pass the post-test and complete the evaluation you will be able to print a certificate for verification of credit.

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