Cultural Competency of Nursing Faculty Teaching in Baccalaureate Nursing Programs (BSN) in the U.S.

Abstract

Background: It has been decades since the concept of cultural competency was introduced in the literature, yet nursing faculty still show low levels of cultural competence. Studies have found that educators with high levels of cultural competence were more likely to meet the needs of culturally diverse nursing students and clients. In addition, studies have not addressed the influence on faculty cultural competence of demographic factors. ææPurpose: is to assess the level of cultural competence among nursing faculty teaching in BSN programs in the U.S. and to identify demographic factors that are associated with their cultural competence level. Methods: A descriptive, correlational, non-experimental survey design will be used for this study. Sample will be nursing faculty teaching in Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accredited BSN programs in the country. Cultural competence level will be assessed using ñCultural Diversity Questionnaire for Nurse Educators Revisedî administered through an electronic survey. ææResults: Findings from this study will provide information on the trends and differences in the levels of cultural competence among nursing faculty. The findings will provide understanding of the professional development needs of nursing faculty in the area of cultural diversity by identifying faculty areas of strengths and areas of needed growth. ææImplications: this study will provide guidance for curriculum development and design as well as faculty development in cultural competence. The study results will inform the development of continuing education programs that focus on improving both the cultural competency and associated teaching skills of nursing faculty who teach in BSN programs.