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Nurses often hear about cultural competence in nursing, and thoughts may go to caring about people from a different country or ethnic background. But cultural competency also comes into play when caring for military veterans.
“Nurses that are culturally competent have an increased ability to be supportive, thus enhancing more significant therapeutic relationships with their veteran patients,” said Tomeka Royster, DNP, FNP-BC, a faculty member with Kaplan University School of Nursing in Alabama.
Only about one-third of veterans seek care from a Veterans Affairs (VA) facility. The rest receive health services in the community. That means all nurses should be prepared to deliver culturally competent nursing care to this population.