Cultural competency education in American nursing programs and the approach of one School of Nursing

Elizabeth Sloand, Sara Groves, Rosemarie Brager

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Abstract

The importance of cultural competency in all areas of American society is well accepted. Indeed, the evolving demographics of the country make it imperative. A wide range of educational and work settings has addressed the concept, from business and government to education and health. Cultural competency is particularly critical in the realm of healthcare, as the potential impact on quality of health and life is at stake. Nursing is a leader in this field, with a long theoretical and practice history of attention to, and respect for, individual differences. This article reviews cultural competency education in nursing and its respective educational settings. Common threads and different models are discussed. The program components of cultural competency education in one School of Nursing are highlighted. Future directions towards refining cultural competency education are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number6
JournalInternational journal of nursing education scholarship
Volume1
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004

Keywords

  • Cultural competency
  • Nursing education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education

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