Dr. Karen Bauce
Cultural Competence and Psychological Empowerment Among Acute Care Nurses
Karen Bauce, DNP, RN, NEA-BC
Suha Al-Oballi Kridli, PhD, RN
Joyce J. Fitzpatrick, PhD, RN, FAAN

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Bauce, K., Kridli, S.A., & Fitzpatrick, J.J. (2014). Cultural competence and psychological empowerment among acute care nurses. Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare, 4(2), 27-38. doi:10.9730/ojccnh.org/v4n2a3


Abstract: Increased cultural diversity of patients requires that nurses manage differences in health beliefs, practices, and expectations. It has been suggested that cultural competence is fundamentally nursing competence because it reflects the nurse’s ability to provide individualized patient care regardless of the patient’s social or cultural background. Psychological empowerment has been identified as an important contributor to professional nursing practice and may influence the provision of culturally competent care. The purpose of this study was to describe the relationship between cultural competence and psychological empowerment among acute care nurses in one urban hospital in Southern Connecticut. Schim and colleagues’ Cultural Competence Model was used as the theoretical framework.

Keywords: cultural competence, cross cultural nursing, psychological empowerment, empowerment, nurses


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