Date of Award

2016

Document Type

Thesis

First Advisor

Nicole Waters

Abstract

As cultural diversity becomes increasingly significant in the field of nursing, so does its inclusion in accredited Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs. An analysis of one university’s school of nursing program curriculum was conducted to measure the cultural awareness and competency of nursing students progressing through BSN and ADN accredited programs, using the Cultural Awareness Scale (CAS) survey and a qualitative survey. Results indicated BSN students and senior level students score higher on average compared to ADN students and junior level students respectively. However, low means overall and only 15% to 18% of participants stating they felt very prepared to provide culturally competent care suggested a lack of effectiveness and need for further investigation by the school of nursing to make necessary improvements in their cultural awareness and competency curriculum.

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Nursing Commons

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