Many people get caught up in the impersonal side of healthcare. Patients must be more than just a physical body in a bed. Each one is a unique individual. Each one is deserving of individualized personal care. That care should focus on healing the Body, Mind, and Spirit. To do that, you need to understand the culture of your patient.
The Latin people have deep, loving and nurturing cultures. Cultures that everyone can and should study. Cultural competency is not a new concept in healthcare, and it has been a focus of the nursing profession for many years. We hope that this free textbook will help nurses, nursing students, providers, and anyone interested, on the road to becoming culturally competent about Latin cultures.