This lesson is designed to help students build competency toward providing equitable patient care. With instructor guidance, students examine their own cultural identities and develop awareness of unbiased communication with patients of diverse backgrounds.
Students use teacher-provided technology tool for ease of data collection & sharing.
- Face-to-face instruction: ~45 minutes; extension of topics possible
- Online instruction: discussion board/forum
- Cultural identity narratives to share with students, ideally including instructor’s own (examples in our Teaching Template).
- Cultural Competency Survey for your class. This tutorial provides instructions on using Shadow Health’s template for Tina’s Health History exam.
- Appropriate technology to share survey results.
- Assign students a DCE patient exam.
- Prepare personal cultural identity narrative to share with students.
- Select the terms, cultural narratives, and student prompts that will be most effective for your students. See Teaching Template for options and examples.
- Post/distribute Cultural Competency Survey.
- Familiarize yourself with up-to-date definitions of cultural competency in nursing.
- Explore various assessment tools/tutorials to help you and your students reflect on cultural competency.
- Analyze the climate of your organization’s learning environment in fostering cultural and linguistic competence.
- Use available resources from AACN to understand cultural competency at the baccalaureate and/or graduate level.
- Engage with organizations that research and support culturally responsive nursing pedagogy and practice.
- Share minority health literature and research with your students.
- Join the Transcultural Nursing Societyor another group actively engaged in culturally responsive health research.
- Improving Cultural Competence– National Center for Biotechnology Information
- Implementing Standardized Patients to Teach Cultural Competency to Graduate Nursing Students– Clinical Simulation in Nursing
- A Guide to Planning and Implementing Cultural Competence– National Center for Cultural Competence
- Describe how diverse cultural, ethnic, and social backgrounds function as sources of patient, family, and community values
- Provide patient-centered care with sensitivity and respect for the diversity of human experience
- Seek learning opportunities with patients who represent all aspects of human diversity
- Recognize personally held attitudes about working with patients from different ethnic, cultural, and social backgrounds
- Recognize personally held values and beliefs about the management of pain or suffering
Teamwork & Collaboration
- Act with integrity, consistency, and respect for differing views
- Value different styles of communication used by patients and health care providers
Our Instructional Design and Training Team is here to help! We collaborate with nursing instructors on pedagogically sound practice with the Digital Clinical Experience (DCE). We strive to assure lessons align with research-backed standards and quality education practices.