Respond to at least two of your classmates. Participate in the discussion by asking a question, providing a statement of clarification, providing a point of view with a rationale, challenging an aspect of the discussion, or indicating a relationship between two or more lines of reasoning in the discussion. Complete your participation for this assignment by the end of week.
Discussion Question 2
With a society that is so diverse in its own nature, issues pertaining to cultural diversity are bound to occur in the process of team management and leadership. Using the South University Online Library or the Internet, research about cultural diversity. Based on your research and understanding, answer the following questions:
- How does having members of different cultures on a team affect the team’s performance?
- How would you incorporate a person from a culture of your choice into your team, keeping in mind communication differences within your and the chosen culture?
Reply to my peers
Having members of different cultures can improve the team’s performance by introducing new perspectives and improving patient care. According to the textbook and the IOM, one skill that allows teams to cooperate effectively is when team members learn about each other’s backgrounds, values, and expertise (Murray, 2017). With a diverse team, members will have a wide range of backgrounds. Understanding each other’s backgrounds improves the group’s cultural competence and strengthens relationships within the group. Having various cultural backgrounds also improves the group’s problem-solving skills, as there are more perspectives and viewpoints to work with. Patient care also improves with better cultural competence because patients are at less risk of falling victim to unequal care due to disparities and stereotyping.
If I were to incorporate a person from a culture different from mine, for example, someone of Hispanic descent, I would first assess their nursing expertise and background and highlight any skills that would be useful for the team. For example, a team member who speaks Spanish would be particularly useful for communicating with Spanish-speaking patients. Ultimately, I would be sure to incorporate them into the team like any member while keeping in mind any cultural traits that would benefit the team’s performance.