Australian Indigenous Cultural competence and nursing

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As a strategy for improving culturally safe nursing practice, cultural competency training isincreasingly being embraced within undergraduate nursing education. It has been suggestedthat culturally safe practise, one element of cultural competence, may lessen the health caregap experienced by Indigenous Australians. This project aims to better understand how acultural competency training subject, NRS194 Indigenous Cultures, Health and Nursing,offered in the Bachelor of Nursing at Charles Sturt University (in New South Wales) isexperienced by the students who study this subject, and how these students' experiences mayimpact their development of cultural competency.The participants of this study are undergraduate students who have completed a subject titledNRS194 Indigenous Cultures, Health and Nursing in session 2 of 2012. The qualitativeresearch method of phenomenology was used to explore students' experiences, perceptions,and learning about cultural competency. How students learn about cultural competencewithin undergraduate nursing was examined with the aim of illuminating the development ofcultural competence in an undergraduate nursing degree. This paper is presenting the outlineof phase 1 of a three phase research project.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationFirst Year experiences in Higher education
Place of PublicationWellington
PublisherInternational First Year in Higher Education Conference
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventInternational First Year in Higher Education Conference - Wellington, New Zealand
Duration: 01 Jul 201305 Jul 2013


ConferenceInternational First Year in Higher Education Conference
CountryNew Zealand

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