Cultural Competence for Today’s Healthcare Professionals, Part 1 - SW398

Cultural Competence for Today’s Healthcare Professionals, Part 1

Culture and Women’s Health

by Kirtley Ceballos, MSN, RNC-NIC, PCNS-BC
(4.4 / 602 ratings )

This course is credentialed for:
Social Work (1.00 CE ClockHr)

Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00


In August 2008, The Joint Commission began developing accreditation standards for hospitals to promote, facilitate and advance the provision of culturally competent patient-centered care. These standards, which reflect the findings of published reports such as, “One Size Does Not Fit All: Meeting the Health Care Needs of Diverse Populations,” were approved in December 2009, went into effect for hospitals in January 2011, and began affecting accreditation decisions in 2012. In today’s multicultural healthcare environment, caregivers cannot make assumptions about patients’ behaviors based on their own cultural backgrounds. This continuing education module helps healthcare professionals understand the impact of culture on women’s health beliefs and practices, and their responses to current approaches to care.


The goal of this continuing education program is to raise nurses’, physicians’ and social workers’ awareness and promote understanding of the impact of culture on women’s health beliefs and practices, and their responses to current approaches to care. After studying the information presented here, you will be able to:
  • Describe cultural influences on women’s health beliefs and practices
  • Discuss how to work appropriately within the framework of cultural and folk beliefs that may impact acceptance of or adherence with common preventive care
  • Develop culturally sensitive patient education and care

Accreditation Information
This course is intended for multiple professions, including nurses, social workers and EMTs/paramedics.
Social workers: Take this version of the course to ensure you receive appropriate credit.
For the version accredited or approved for another profession, go to your specific profession at or If you have a CE Direct login ID and password (generally provided by your employer), please log in as you normally would at and search for this topic title.
OnCourse Learning, provider # 1203, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB), through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. OnCourse Learning maintains responsibility for the program. Approval Period: February 15, 2017 to February 15, 2020. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.0 general continuing education clock hour.
OnCourse Learning is also accredited by the Florida Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy and Mental Health Counseling (provider # FBN 50-1489).
OnCourse Learning, SW CPE is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0401. This approval is for a three-year term beginning August 1, 2016 and ending July 31, 2019.
Course delivery format: Online Self-Study, Non-interactive
Instructional Method: Narrative 

Social Workers
Social Work Practice Levels: Intermediate
Course Completion Requirements and Awarding Certificate
After reading the presentation, complete the course test online. With a score of 75% or better and completing the evaluation, you may immediately print your CE certificate of completion or save a pdf of it for your records. You may also request a copy to be sent to you by mail. If your score is less than the passing score of 75%, you may retake the test. In the event of loss, there is no charge for a replacement copy of a CE certificate.
Jurisdictional Requirements
Continuing education licensing requirements vary by jurisdiction, are not well defined, and may change. We recommend you contact your licensing board or accrediting organization for the latest continuing education requirements of your state or territory. To review state specific/jurisdictional continuing education requirements, click here.
Accommodations for Disabilities
Every effort will be made to accommodate your special needs. To request accommodation; please contact the CE office at (800) 866-0919.
Grievance Procedure
OnCourse Learning is committed to conducting all activities in strict conformance with accreditation agencies and boards. OnCourse Learning will comply with all responsibilities to be nondiscriminatory in activities, program content, and in treatment of participants. The monitoring and assessment of compliance with these standards will be the responsibility of members of the Provider Unit Planning Committee and continuing education division.
While OnCourse Learning attempts to assure fair treatment of all participants, we recognize grievances that may require intervention. Grievances are handled in the following manner:
When a participant, either orally or in written format, files a grievance, a member of the Provider Unit Planning Committee will evaluate the nature of the complaint. If it is meritorious, a member of the Provider Unit Planning Committee will instruct the staff to implement any necessary changes in the course. The complainant will receive a response from a member of the Provider Unit Planning Committee or designated staff within 5 working days.
If the results of the grievance process are unsatisfactory, New Jersey social workers have the option to contact the approving entity, with an option to appeal to their licensing board.
You may file a complaint by telephone or email.
Telephone #: 800.866.0919

Course Originally Released on: 10/31/2001
Date of Most Recent Review: 12/9/2014
Course Termination/Update Date: 6/15/2018

Unless stated above, the planners and authors of this course have declared no relevant conflicts of interest that relate to this educational activity. OnCourse Learning guarantees this educational activity is free from bias.

Please see CE Course Instructions to learn how to earn CE credit for this module.


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Louisa L - New Orleans, LA  ·  Mar 15, 2018
good info! I learned some new things and others info was review. It also should be included about how some cultures touching a person of opposite sex is forbidden, including handshakes and example would be Hassidic. Or other cultures such as in Kenya, it is rude to look into another persons eyes.
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Brenda C - Tucson, AZ  ·  Mar 14, 2018
pertinent to my practice
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Robert D - Lawrenceville, NJ  ·  Mar 04, 2018
Very helpful information that I will use in my clinical work.
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Florence S - Millington, TN  ·  Feb 28, 2018
Very good information
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Lynn B - Junction City, KS  ·  Feb 27, 2018
Learned quite a bit in this training. Interesting and very informative
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Price: $10.00
CE-PRO Price: $5.00