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A Comparative Study of Cultural Competence Curricula in Baccalaureate Nursing Programs

Mesler, Donna M. PhD, RN, CPNP

Nurse Educator:
doi: 10.1097/NNE.0000000000000040
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Abstract

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 Information

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

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