Major Articles 

Cultural Competence of Baccalaureate Nursing Faculty

Suzan Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RN

  • Journal of Nursing Education
  • August 2007 - Volume 46 · Issue 8



This randomized, stratified, descriptive, cross-sectional survey design used Campinha-Bacote’s Inventory for Assessing the Process of Cultural Competence Among Healthcare Professionals–Revised (IAPCC-R) to assess the cultural competence of a convenience sample of 170 randomly selected baccalaureate nursing (BSN) program faculty. The mailed survey also assessed factors that were helpful in increasing comfort levels in caring for individuals from other cultures and gathered self-report data on cultural content in faculty academic preparation and current employing programs. Results indicated BSN faculty were culturally competent. Faculty teaching in the states with the most immigrants were more culturally competent than were faculty teaching in the states with the least immigrants. Immersion or working in another culture were the most frequently cited methods of increasing cultural comfort.


Received: December 7, 2005

Accepted: March 29, 2006

Dr. Kardong-Edgren is Assistant Professor, Washington State University, Intercollegiate College of Nursing, Spokane, Washington.

Partial funding for this study was provided by a Delta Theta chapter of the Sigma Theta Tau International Research Award. The author thanks Dr. Mary Lou Bond, Dr. Carolyn Cason, and Dr. Susan Ward for their support, and Dr. Carolyn Cason for her manuscript review.

Address correspondence to Suzan Kardong-Edgren, PhD, RN, Assistant Professor, Washington State University, Intercollegiate College of Nursing, 2917 W. Fort George Wright Drive, Spokane, WA 99224-5291; e-mail:


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