The United States of America has a long and rich tradition of offering refuge to those forced to flee their home. The plight of refugees from countries all over the world continues today. The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported in 2014, 59.5 million individuals were displaced and seeking safety from wars, conflict and persecution in their homelands. As the demographics in the United States become more racially and ethnically diverse, it is crucial that healthcare professionals know how to appropriately care for one of the most vulnerable populations. Results from previous studies have demonstrated that those from diverse populations are at increased risk to suffer from illness and disability. The purpose of this study was to assess the cultural self-efficacy of registered nurses caring for the refugee population. A convenience sample of 67 registered nurses completed a demographic survey and the Cultural Self-Efficacy Scale (CSES). An analysis of knowledge of cultural concepts, patterns, specific nursing skills and overall cultural self-efficacy between demographic groups was performed in which no statistically significant results were reported. Analysis between participant demographics and items present on the CSES also resulted in no statistically significant results between the ordinal demographics and the individual outcomes. While the study reported no statistically significant results, the assessment provides a foundation for the development of educational programs to increase nurses’ cultural competence, confidence and skills when caring for the refugee population.
|School Location:||United States -- Pennsylvania|
|Source:||DAI-B 79/10(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Cultural competence, Cultural education programs, Cultural self-efficacy, Cultural self-efficacy scale, Refugees, Registered nurses|
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