An Intervention to Improve Cultural Competence in Graduate Nursing Education

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Noting the small number of studies on the influence of an entire curriculum on graduate nursing students’ cultural competence, the researchers examined the effect of a curricular intervention using a pretest-posttest design. The study, conducted from 2012 to 2014, focused solely on the Doctor of Nursing Practice program at a midwestern university. Results from a pre- and postintervention faculty curriculum survey indicated that the percentage of courses including a cultural competence objective increased from 65 percent to 81 percent. Results from the pre- and postintervention administration of the Transcultural Self-Efficacy Tool showed a statistically significant improvement in students’ overall score and three subscale scores.

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