Addressing Diversity - Nursing

Cultural Competency in Nursing Education

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) received a grant from The California Endowment (CAE) three years ago to develop Cultural Competencies in Baccalaureate Nursing Education. These competencies apply to practice in a variety of healthcare settings, to patients across the wellness-illness continuum, and to patients across the lifespan, in collaboration with the interprofessional healthcare team. In addition, a Cultural Competency Toolkit has been developed to provide resources and exemplars and to facilitate implementation of cultural competencies in baccalaureate nursing education. The Toolkit identifies significant content, teaching-learning activities, and resources that will help faculty integrate cultural competency in nursing curriculum.

AACN has received an additional grant from The CAE to develop cultural competencies and toolkit for graduate nursing education. This project will be completed in January 2010.