Date of Paper/Work

12-2012

Type of Paper/Work

Systems Change Project

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Department

Nursing

First Advisor

Rozina Bhimani

Abstract

This paper examines issues in cultural competencies in public health nursing. Using the evidence based approach; this paper integrates literature and public health nurses’ perspective in understanding cultural competence in practice. A focus group of 16 participants from a Midwestern county revealed the themes; culture is inclusive, cultural competence is a process, and moral distress in the provision of culturally competent care. Findings suggest that public health nurses take a broad perspective on cultural competency in their practice.

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