Improved Health and Wellness Outcomes in Ethnically/Culturally Diverse Patients through Enhanced Cultural Competency in Nurse Educators

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Raman, J. (2015). Improved health and wellness outcomes in ethnically/culturally diverse patients through enhanced cultural competency in nurse educators. Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare, 5(1), 104-117. doi: 10.9730/

Abstract: As many countries experience increasing heterogeneity among their inhabitants, the health and wellness of ethnically/culturally diverse patients becomes a concern. Many factors that contribute to the improvement of health and wellness in ethnically/culturally diverse patients are inter-related and fall within the realm of nurse educators. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate that through enhancing cultural competency in nurse educators: the delivery of cultural competence education, the support of ethnically/culturally diverse nursing students, and increasing the number of ethnically/culturally diverse nurse educators may improve the health and wellness of ethnically/culturally diverse patients. A secondary analysis of a study undertaken in the north-eastern region of the United States corroborates ndings that some nurse educators may be lacking in cultural competence and supports the need to advance cultural competence in nursing education. The goal of this article is to present the issues and implications for nurse educators to enhance cultural competency.

Keywords: Cultural competency, diversity, nurse educators, nursing students

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