The purpose of this study was to examine the level of cultural competence of
undergraduate nursing students at a large Midwestern University. Background: Developing cultural competence of nurses is critical to meet the needs of our growing diverse society. Methods: A
convenience sample of 150 undergraduate nursing students completed a one-time
questionnaire assessing students’ cultural competence. Results: Nursing students’ rated their overall knowledge and comfort
moderate to poor with only 28% rated themselves as very comfortable and 15% as
very skillful in providing culturally competent care. Students rated their
knowledge and comfort highest in taking a family history, whereas, the lowest
scores were related to pregnancy and childbirth, death and dying, and organ
donation in other cultures. Conclusions: Findings suggest that nursing
students feel inadequately prepared to provide culturally competent care.
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