A quest for cultural competence

A poem written by Veron Oliver

(Year 3 BSc Mental Health Nursing 2017 Student at Middlesex University London) 


Sometimes I wonder…
Is cultural competence like Maslow’s hierarchy of needs?
The pinnacle achievable by just a few?

Is cultural competence a journey?
A destination?
A way to be?

How will I know when it’s been achieved?
How deep will I have to look?
How much of me do I need to change?

Question, questions and more questions…

But as I traverse this experience from student to practitioner
I have to remember
I can never stop looking


I will strive to get there…


by Veron Oliver
March 2018