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Nurse education
Nurturing cultural awareness needs to be explicitly addressed in undergraduate nurse curricula
  1. Kathleen Markey
  1. Department of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Limerick, Limerick, Ireland
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kathleen Markey, University of Limerick, Limerick V94 T9PX, Ireland; kathleen.markey{at}

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Commentary on: Hultsjö S, Bachrach-Lindström M, Safipour J et al. ‘Cultural awareness requires more than theoretical education’ – Nursing students’ experiences. Nurse Educ Pract 2019;39: 73–79. [Epub ahead of print 31 Jul 2019].

Implications for practice and research

  • Cultural competence needs to be established as a graduate capability that is more explicitly addressed in curricula and a more visible responsibility of the future registered nurse.

  • Further research on the effectiveness of educational methodologies and interventions used to develop cultural awareness is required, exploring both students’ and educators’ perspectives.


Changes in global migration trends have resulted in a widening sociocultural diversification of the patient population globally. However, the growing reports of gaps in care for culturally diverse patients are concerning.1 Consequently, nurse educators are increasingly challenged to ensure culturally competent graduates and that cultural competence development is explicitly addressed in …

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  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.