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Cultural awareness requires more than theoretical education
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Ryhov Cty Council, Sweden.
Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Nursing Science. Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
Linnaeus Univ, Sweden.
Linnaeus Univ, Sweden.
2019 (English)In: Nurse Education in Practice, ISSN 1471-5953, E-ISSN 1873-5223, Vol. 39, p. 73-79Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Cultural awareness in healthcare providers is considered one of the most important factors in improving the efficiency and quality of care in a diverse population. Thus, education in cultural awareness needs to be an essential component in nursing education. This study, which uses a qualitative design, aimed to investigate cultural awareness in nursing students in Sweden. Focus groups were used to collect data from 12 students. Three categories were identified as follows after qualitative data analysis of the interviews: 1) desire to learn, 2) learning by doing and 3) caring beyond boundaries. The result clearly indicates that students are willing to learn more about how to care for people with different cultural backgrounds. However, this learning is not always available in official lecture-based education. In fact, most awareness about cultural aspects of healthcare is developed from practice and informal education. Finally, the result also revealed the importance of nurses being able to see the individual beyond the culture, and being aware of their own prejudice. In conclusion, education offers limited opportunities for nursing students to become culturally aware. Nursing education can be improved by strengthening both theoretical and practical tasks involving cultural awareness.

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ELSEVIER SCI LTD , 2019. Vol. 39, p. 73-79
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Education; Culture awareness; Focus groups; Student nurses
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Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-161201DOI: 10.1016/j.nepr.2019.07.009ISI: 000488657600011PubMedID: 31421291OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-161201DiVA, id: diva2:1365675
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Funding Agencies|Department of Psychiatry, Jonkoping, Ryhov County Council, Linneaus University, Vaxjo, Sweden

Available from: 2019-10-25 Created: 2019-10-25 Last updated: 2019-10-25

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