Date of Conferral



Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)




Joanne M. Minnick


Professional nurses must demonstrate sensitivity to and understanding of a variety of cultures within United States (US) healthcare systems. Such skillsets are needed for the provision of high-quality nursing care across the entire spectrum of healthcare. Nurses are challenged to provide holistic care that is congruent with each patient’s beliefs, practices, and culture. Guidelines from the constructs of pioneer Madeline Leininger’s Transcultural Theory was used as the conceptual framework for the proposal. The purpose of this project was to validate an evidence-based orientation module to educate nurses and nursing staff within an acute healthcare setting regarding cultural competence during hospital orientation. The guided practice-focused question for the project explored if nursing education from a patient-centered care education module regarding culturally competent care improve nursing knowledge. A three-panel team of experts was selected to review the educational module from nursing and human resources. Each panel member reviewed the staff education program and used a Likert 5-point scale to evaluate the program. Only one of the five questions answered suggested that the education program is introductory in nature and not all inclusive as culture is fluid and changes. Adjustments were made based on the review of the program on this question to address the minimal corrections suggested. This education module was approved by the panel to be disseminated at a later date to the staff. Implications for positive social change included raising the knowledge of nurses and frontline workers which could potentially decrease health disparities and improve patient outcomes in relation to cultural competence in the hospital setting.