Date of Graduation
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Population Health Leadership
Dr. Elena A. Capella, EdD, MSN/MPA, CNL, CPHQ, LNCC
Dr. Francine Serafin-Dickson, DNP, MBA, BSN, CNL
Background: Patient care is most effective when patients and providers establish a therapeutic connection in a cultural context. Nurses’ lack of awareness of a cultural context for patient care impairs establishing a therapeutic provider/patient relationship, with care of lesser quality and poorer health outcomes as consequences.
Local Problem: Staff at a Northern Californian skilled nursing facility (SNF) caring for African American patients with mental illness lacked self-awareness of the cultural context of care. Staff did not consider cultural constructs of care in treating patients and developing care plans.
Methods: Educational intervention to increase the cultural competence of a skilled nursing facility. A validated survey instrument, the Inventory for Assessing the Process of Cultural Competence among Healthcare Professionals, was administered pre- and post-intervention to assess cultural competence and knowledge. Cultural competence knowledge acquisition was expressed as numerical and percentage changes in mean scores from baseline to post-intervention.
Interventions: Eight staff participated in a 60-minute didactic educational program. The content was informed by the PTT transcultural care model (Papadopoulos et al., 1998), and emphasized the transfer of knowledge to practice.
Results: Mean cultural knowledge increased from pre- to post-education by 5.08%. knowledge is one of the constructs of the cultural survey tool. Cultural competence scores increased from pre- to post-education by 13%.
Conclusions: The SNF Staff realized that increased cultural competence provided them with the opportunity to provide improved patient care.
ADEDIPE, ADEKEMI T., "Implementing an African American Cultural Awareness Program for Skilled Nursing Facility Staff" (2023). Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Projects. 342.