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Watchful attention; custody; diligence; concern; caution; as opposed to Negligence or carelessness.

In the law of negligence, the standard of reasonable conduct determines the amount of care to be exercised in a situation. The care taken must be proportional to the apparent risk. As danger increases, commensurate caution must be observed.

Slight care is the care persons of ordinary prudence generally exercise in regard to their personal affairs of minimal importance.

Reasonable care, also known as ordinary care, is the degree of care, diligence, or precaution that may fairly, ordinarily, and properly be expected or required in consideration of the nature of the action, the subject matter, and the surrounding circumstances.

Great care is the degree of care that persons of ordinary prudence usually exercise with respect to their personal affairs of great importance.

Another type of care is that which a fiduciary—a person having a duty, created by his or her undertaking, to act primarily for another's benefit—exercises in regard to valuable possessions entrusted to him or her by another.

West's Encyclopedia of American Law, edition 2. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


n. in law, to be attentive, prudent and vigilant. Essentially, care (and careful) means that a person does everything he/she is supposed to do (to prevent an accident). It is the opposite of negligence (and negligent), which makes the responsible person liable for damages to persons injured. If a person "exercises care," a court cannot find him/her responsible for damages from an accident in which he/she is involved. (See: careless)

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Lack of cultural awareness and inability to provide culturally competent care can lead to conflict, increased levels of anxiety, and stress among nurses, patients and patients' relatives.
Nurses who understand and value delivery of culturally competent care are able to positively affect the lives of their patients and their families.
Beth Lincoln, MSN, NP, CTN, current President of the Transcultural Nursing Society, invites nurses to show leadership in the provision of culturally competent care to all.
Students learned these models during their didactical portion of clinical education and utilized them during internship, which was reported as a useful tool for learning culturally competent care.
There is a clear evidence base that developing an in-depth knowledge of and direct experience with ethnic groups does produce culturally competent care (Al-Krenawi & Graham, 2000; Betancourt, Green, Carillo, & Ananeh-Firempong, 2003; Brach & Fraser, 2002; Luna, 2002).
We recognized the complexity of communication skills and coordination required to provide culturally competent care to this family.
Providers need to develop cross-cultural communication skills and maintain culturally competent care.
Rosenjack-Burchum (2002) indicated that culturally competent care will be better received by the client and will result in increased client satisfaction.
Significant architectural and programmatic accessibility barriers still remain, and health care providers continue to lack awareness about steps they are required to take to ensure that patients with disabilities have access to appropriate, culturally competent care. The report offers a broad range of recommendations for reforms that will address some of the most significant obstacles to health, health care, disease prevention, and health promotion for people with disabilities.
Other critical elements that are needed to help improve the equity of health care include a greater investment in prevention, more data collection to identify disparities, and access to more culturally competent care, the representatives said.
What made me question why healthcare providers are unable to provide culturally competent care was a teacher who said in a lecture that "nursing is the essence of caring".

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