Determining the Effects of Simulation on Intercultural Competency in Undergraduate Nursing Students

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As the North American population becomes increasingly diverse, it is important for nurses and nursing students to function effectively within a culturally diverse population. Intercultural competence requires individuals to reflect on their cultural reality and to recognize the impact that this has on others.1,2 This understanding of intercultural competence can be difficult to teach in a traditional classroom because culture is complex and multidimensional.3
Intercultural competence is the awareness that cultural differences and similarities exist and have an effect on values, learning, and behavior.4 Several strategies have been introduced into nursing curricula to highlight the concept of intercultural competence and cultural safety. Some of these strategies include immersion experiences,5 case studies, virtual simulations,6,7 and general coursework.8 The purpose of this article is to present an innovative simulation-based experience for improving intercultural competency among undergraduate nursing students.
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