This course provides students with an introduction into transcultural nursing and the theoretical frameworks that underpin the delivery of a holistic patient-centered culturally congruent nursing care. It also introduces students to the knowledge, skills, and attitudes needed to ensure delivering culturally sensitive nursing care. It further exposes student to pertinent and sensitive health topics that impede ethnic minorities’ health, such as social determinants of health, social justice, and health and health care disparities.
Course Credits: 3
Prerequisites: Admission to the nursing program or prior approval of Director.
Student Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Demonstrate understanding of relevant cultural terminologies, such as acculturation, assimilation, enculturation, transcultural nursing, culture, cultural competence, cultural sensitivity, culturally congruent care, cultural imposition, and cultural blindness.
- Analyze how patients, health care systems and professionals perceive these concepts.
- Discuss the historical evolution of cultural competence in nursing.
- Identify some transcultural nursing theoretical frameworks and how these theories can be applied in nursing.
- Differentiate between race, ethnicity, minorities, and vulnerable population; list how different racial groups are classified according to the United States Census Bureau.
- Discuss and apply components of Giger & Davidhizar’s Framework (the Transcultural Assessment Model) of communication, space, social organization, time, environmental control, and biological variations in providing culturally competent nursing care.
- Articulate the differences between health and health care disparities, including health inequalities, social justice, and discuss how these practices have affected health for various racial/ethnic minorities and vulnerable population.
- Discuss social determinants of health (SDOH) and how it might affects minorities’ health.
- Delineate ethics of cultural competence in health care.
- Articulate transcultural implications for nursing education, practice, research, and health & public policy.