This book examines the evolving health care delivery systems and the role of nursing within the rural context. Divided into three parts including perspectives from experts in Australia and Canada, the book covers the foundations of rural nursing, special populations, and future perspectives. Students of nursing will find special features in each chapter such as a list of objectives, key terms, points to remember, suggested research activities, and discussion questions.

Cultural-Linguistic Competence: Rural Considerations

Cultural-linguistic competence: Rural considerations

Key Terms

  • Culture
  • Ethnicity
  • Race
  • Cultural-linguistic competence
  • Seasonal and migrant farmworkers
  • Documented/undocumented workers


After reading this chapter, you will be able to

  • Differentiate terms used to describe diversity (race, ethnicity, culture).
  • Correlate national population trends and the potential impact of these on the rural health care delivery system.
  • Characterize the cultural-linguistic competency continuum.
  • Discuss cultural features of predominant rural minority groups.

Essential Points to Remember

  • Changing demographic trends are creating significant ethnocultural and racial diversity across the United States in rural as well as urban communities.
  • To manage costs and ensure quality services, nursing care must be culturally and linguistically appropriate for rural consumers to be deemed as accessible and acceptable.
  • Developing cultural competency is a nonlinear process, influenced by ...
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