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Nurs Forum. 2002 Oct-Dec;37(4):5-15.

Cultural competence: an evolutionary perspective.

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University of Memphis, Loewenberg School of Nursing, Memphis, TN, USA. jburchum@memphis.edu

Abstract

PROBLEM:

The need for conceptual clarity, which is essential for effective communication related to cultural competence. Practice, education, administration, and research are identified.

METHODS:

Rodgers' (2000) method of concept analysis.

FINDINGS:

Attributes of cultural competence were identified as cultural awareness, cultural knowledge, cultural understanding, cultural sensitivity, and cultural skill.

CONCLUSIONS:

Cultural competence can best be identified as a nonlinear dynamic process that is never ending and ever expanding. It is built on increases in knowledge and skill development related to its attributes.

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