Date of Award

Spring 5-7-2021

Document Type

DNP Project

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Terri Furfaro

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Valerie Griffin

Project Team Faculty Member

Dr. Randolph Burnside


Culturally competent care, cultural competence, family nurse practitioner, graduate education, survey


Providing culturally competent and culturally congruent care to patients leads to better outcomes and reduction of poor outcomes due to health disparities. Providing care that is not culturally congruent can contribute to communication barriers, resulting in deficient diagnostic testing, miscommunication about etiologies, treatment plans that are not individualized, and discounting of patient's ideas. Individuals from diverse cultures face health disparities which contribute to inadequate care and poor outcomes. The purpose of this project was to survey former graduates of the Southern Illinois University of Edwardsville (SIUE) family nurse practitioner (FNP) program to assess their level of cultural competence and areas where curriculum changes can be implemented to improve cultural competence levels of future graduates. An extensive literature review was conducted, and a survey tool was identified. Alumni of the SIUE FNP were invited via email to voluntarily participate in a survey about their experiences regarding culturally competent care in practice and culturally competent care learning opportunities in the SIUE FNP program. Results revealed participants possess high levels of cultural competence; however, a majority of participants described confidence levels as “somewhat competent” and “somewhat incompetent”. Additionally, participants identified which teaching strategies they found most useful, and provided suggestions for curriculum improvement, such as teaching strategies and including learning opportunities focused on culturally competent care throughout all courses in the program.

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