I am looking for my truth: A hermeneutic phenomenological study focusing on undergraduate nursing students' journeys in Indigenous Australian cultural competence

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Abstract

This paper will present the initial findings of a study aimed at creating meaning from students' lived experiences and journey towards Indigenous Australian cultural competence across a three-year Bachelor of Nursing degree. The participants of this study were undergraduate students who enrolled in a cultural competency subject within the Bachelor of Nursing Course and the subsequent journey of students in this cohort through their second and third year of university. Truth seeking was a major overarching theme found in the data of year one students. This paper will explore this theme and how the interdependent sub themes of previous truths, new knowledge, critical thinking and confirming the new truth, played a role in students' journey of Indigenous Australian cultural competence.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)161-175
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Australian Indigenous Issues
Volume19
Issue number1-2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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