Not missing the opportunity: Strategies to promote cultural humility among future nursing faculty

Victoria Hughes, Sabianca Delva, Manka Nkimbeng, Erin Spaulding, Ruth Alma Turkson-Ocran, Joycelyn Cudjoe, Athena Ford, Cynthia H Rushton, Rita D'Aoust, Hae Ra Han

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As the demographics in the United States continue to change, nurses must deliver care to patients from diverse cultural backgrounds. Cultural humility is a lifelong process of self-reflection which is also defined by that individual. It allows an individual to be open to other people's identities, which is core to the nursing standard of providing holistic care. Embracing and incorporating cultural humility is essential for creating a comprehensive and individualized plan of care. One of the ways to achieve cultural humility in nursing is to train future faculty to become agents of cultural humility. This also helps to create a pipeline of nurses who have respect and empathy for the patients they serve. The aims of this paper include: 1) define cultural humility and its importance to healthcare professionals; 2) explore the intrapersonal, interpersonal, and system levels of cultural humility; 3) provide insight on how to promote cultural humility; 4) reflect on best practices across a variety of healthcare disciplines; and 5) provide suggestions for practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Professional Nursing
StatePublished - Jan 1 2019



  • Cultural humility
  • Diversity
  • Future faculty
  • Nursing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)

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