Cultural Sensitivity Education for Nurses: A Pilot Study

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abstractHealth professionals need to be responsive to changing demographics, especially the growing Hispanic American population. This pilot project explored the effect that an education program about selected Hispanic health beliefs and practices had on nurses who provide care to this population. Seven white registered nurses employed at a small, rural health department completed a 10-item, researcher-designed instrument, termed the Lee Cultural Sensitivity Tool: Hispanic Version, before and after an educational intervention. Findings showed that the intervention increased knowledge of selected Hispanic health beliefs and practices.

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