Course Description

This course focuses on an evidence-based approach to examining a wide range of cultural norms, religions, and alternative healthcare practices of varied racial and ethnic groups. Emphasis will be placed on using critical dialogue, reflection in action, and scholarship to explore how these practices affect design and implementation of culturally competent, individualized health care. The value of a multicultural professional nursing workforce to assess, plan, and manage care according to the cultural and spiritual needs of individual patients and populations will be incorporated into dialogue and scholarship.


Course Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and contextualize the factors that constitute their personal culture, beliefs, and upbringing to understand how those factors influence interactions with patients and the environment (PLO 2,3)
  2. Analyze variations in cultural and religious backgrounds and practices of patients and families, and their effect on compliance with treatment. (PLO 1, 2)
  3. Evaluate alternative healthcare practices and how they affect the provision of patient centered care. (PLO 6, 9)
  4. Synthesize aspects of knowledge and communication principles pertinent to the intercultural aspects and how the multicultural professional nursing workforce can collaborate to assess, plan, and manage care according to the cultural and spiritual needs of individual patients. (PLO 4, 5)
  5. Evaluate knowledge of the impact between morals and ethics and how they direct patient and provider choices for treatment across the lifespan. (PLO 3, 7)
  6. Incorporate principles of Cultural and Spiritual care into advanced nursing practice. (PLO 8, 9 )

Required Materials

de Chesnay, M., & Anderson, B. (2020). Caring for the vulnerable: Perspectives in nursing theory, practice, and research (5th Ed.). Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett. ISBN: 9781284146813

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (2010) (6th Ed.). Washington,DC: Author. ISBN: 978-1433805615