Cultural competence is the ability to provide effective care for clients who come from different cultures. A most important component of the cultural competence is “the ability to recognize and challenge racism and other forms of discrimination and oppressive practice” (Papadopoulos 2006)
The racism and racial discrimination is complex and worrying. There are different forms of racism : anti-Semitism, Anti-Black racism, anti-Gypsyism etc.
Public opinion continued to be openly hostile towards Roma and Travellers in many European countries. Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers are particularly subject to the negative climate of opinion.
The nurses are required to have expertise in dealing with racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism. The issues relating to racism, discrimination, inequality and socio-political aspects should be considered in the nurses education.
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Council of Europe- European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance:
Romanian Immigration Office
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