Journal of Nursing Education

Educational Innovations 

Culture, Diversity, and Health: Responding to the Queries of Inquisitive Minds

Sandra Millon Underwood, PhD, RN, FAAN

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Knowledge, sensitivity, and competence relative to culture, diversity, and health have been identified as essential, valued, fundamental, and core components of safe, effective, quality nursing practice. However, experience suggests that most nursing students assume that content related to culture and diversity is “nice to know” but not essential to nursing practice. This article describes an exercise that used student inquiry to identify their needs and interests related to the influence of history and culture on health care practices of racially and ethnically defined population groups. Instructional resources deemed useful for addressing the nursing students’ interests and needs are proposed and presented.

AUTHOR

Received: August 14, 2004

Accepted: November 11, 2005

Dr. Underwood is American Cancer Society Oncology Nursing Professor, Northwestern Mutual Life Research Scholar, and Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Nursing, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Address correspondence to Sandra Millon Underwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Nursing, PO Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201; e-mail: underwoo@uwm.edu.

Abstract

ABSTRACT

Knowledge, sensitivity, and competence relative to culture, diversity, and health have been identified as essential, valued, fundamental, and core components of safe, effective, quality nursing practice. However, experience suggests that most nursing students assume that content related to culture and diversity is “nice to know” but not essential to nursing practice. This article describes an exercise that used student inquiry to identify their needs and interests related to the influence of history and culture on health care practices of racially and ethnically defined population groups. Instructional resources deemed useful for addressing the nursing students’ interests and needs are proposed and presented.

AUTHOR

Received: August 14, 2004

Accepted: November 11, 2005

Dr. Underwood is American Cancer Society Oncology Nursing Professor, Northwestern Mutual Life Research Scholar, and Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Nursing, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Address correspondence to Sandra Millon Underwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Nursing, PO Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201; e-mail: underwoo@uwm.edu.

ABSTRACT

Knowledge, sensitivity, and competence relative to culture, diversity, and health have been identified as essential, valued, fundamental, and core components of safe, effective, quality nursing practice. However, experience suggests that most nursing students assume that content related to culture and diversity is “nice to know” but not essential to nursing practice. This article describes an exercise that used student inquiry to identify their needs and interests related to the influence of history and culture on health care practices of racially and ethnically defined population groups. Instructional resources deemed useful for addressing the nursing students’ interests and needs are proposed and presented.

AUTHOR

Received: August 14, 2004

Accepted: November 11, 2005

Dr. Underwood is American Cancer Society Oncology Nursing Professor, Northwestern Mutual Life Research Scholar, and Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Nursing, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Address correspondence to Sandra Millon Underwood, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, College of Nursing, PO Box 413, Milwaukee, WI 53201; e-mail: underwoo@uwm.edu.

10.3928/01484834-20060701-08

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