Teaching Culturally Competent Veteran Nursing Care in Prelicensure Programs

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With the publication of Healthy People 2020, health disparities have been redefined to expand concepts beyond traditional racial and ethnic minorities and include a broader range of populations. Veterans, with their unique experiences and values, comprise a distinct culture with health risks and potential disparities. Although accrediting agencies require programs of nursing to teach culturally competent care, it is unknown whether nurse faculty recognize veterans as having a culture distinct from the rest of the population. Recognizing veterans as possessing a distinct culture is a first step in the provision of culturally competent care.

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