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Carie Braun, Nursing


Our quality improvement project focused on increasing the cultural competency of undergraduate nursing students at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University. In nursing culturally competent care is defined as having the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that support caring for patients across different languages and cultures. Caring for culturally diverse patients was first identified as an area of improvement during our capstone seminar while discussing our own clinical experiences. Subsequently we conducted a student survey that displayed strong interest in increasing practice caring for culturally diverse patients. Based on current research we identified simulation experiences as an advantageous method for students to experience caring for culturally diverse patients. The simulation takes students through different aspects of how culture can affect the nursing process and care they are delivering. During the simulation students are able to discuss how they would try to approach the situation giving them ideas of what to do when they are in these difficult situations as RNs.