This study evaluated the cultural competence and cultural confidence (self-efficacy) levels of baccalaureate nursing students in 3 types of programs: those with integrated cultural content, those with a required nonnursing culture course, and those with a culture course in nursing. A sample of 759 students participated. Only the students in the nursing culture course program reached a level of cultural competence. Cultural competence and confidence increased significantly from freshman to junior year in all 3 programs.
Author Affiliation: Assistant Professor, College of Nursing, Seton Hall University, South Orange, New Jersey.
The author was a participant in the 2013 NLN Scholarly Writing Retreat, sponsored by the NLN Foundation for Nursing Education and Pocket Nurse.
The author declares no conflicts of interest.
Correspondence: Dr Mesler, College of Nursing, Seton Hall University, 400 S Orange Ave, South Orange, NJ 08802 (Donna.Mesler@shu.edu).
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Accepted for publication: February 15, 2014