Webinar Date: 
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
Course Target audience: 
Registered Nurses
Licensed Practical Nurses
Healthcare Professionals
Course Description: 

The National Institute on Aging predicts that within the next twenty years, those over 65 years old will be from culturally diverse groups. In 2010, at Meridian Health, NJ, 16% of the patient population was from racially diverse groups. Knowledge of cultural customs enables nurses to offer better care and help avoid misunderstandings. This webinar will discuss how nurses should have the knowledge to be equally therapeutic with older adult patients from any social context or cultural background. Most importantly, this knowledge provides the foundation for specific assessments of individual patients, families, and communities, allowing nurses to move beyond "one-size-fits-all" approaches toward the provision of culturally competent care. 

Course Learning Objectives: 

After veiwing this webinar, the participant will be able to:

  • Define ethnogeriatric groups at Meridian Health
  • Describe steps to cultural awareness
  • Discuss innovative Cultural Ambassador program
  • Identify steps to implementing the Cultural Ambassador at your facility
Course Disclaimer: 

The presenter has no conflict of interest. This activity has no commercial support or sponsorship.

The New York University College of Nursing is accredited as a provider of continuing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Author: Linda J. Hassler, RN, MS, GCNS-BC, FNGNA, Gerontological Program Manager/NICHE Coordinator, Meridian Health Ann May Center for Nursing and Allied Health and Darryl Hughes, BS, Manager of Cultural Diversity, Meridian Health,