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Cultural Awareness to Communication

As nurses, we work with patients, providers and healthcare team members whose native language is not English. This diversity may lead to challenges with communication and the nurse being “caught in the middle.” Consider how to apply cultural awareness to nursing practice.

Reflect on how to apply cultural awareness to communication in your current clinical practice.
Share an example of miscommunication that occurred as a result of this diversity and whether an adverse outcome resulted.
Describe how the miscommunication could have been and will be prevented in the future.