** This session earns RN, and CCM Ethics **
Delivering Culturally Competent Care for Improved Health Outcomes is an increased diversity in the population of the United States. According to U.S. Census Bureau, there are 350 languages spoken in the U.S. over 150 different ethnic cultures. 1 in 5 children speaks language other than English with increase in Spanish and Chinese. With the increase in the diverse populations that healthcare professionals care for, there is a need to understand these cultures so their healthcare needs can be met in a timely manner, in an effective way, hereby improving their health outcomes. Case managers need to prepare to meet the needs of all patients across the nation without any reservation, limitation and or restriction. Being culturally competent will enable the case managers to continue to be driver of healthcare, ensuring the needs of the patients are met, and all barriers to accessing care is reduced and or limited. These are some of the benefits of delivering culturally competent care across the healthcare continuum including potential to improve health outcomes, effective use of healthcare resources, increased inpatient satisfaction, increased in the efficiency and effectiveness of staff, reduction in medical errors and lawsuits. Culture refers to integrated patterns of human behavior that include language, customs, beliefs, values, and institutions of racial, ethnic, religious, or social groups. Competence is having the capacity to function effectively as an individual and an organization within the context of the cultural beliefs, behaviors, and needs presented by consumers.