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Nurse education
Cultural diversity needs to be integrated throughout undergraduate nursing curricula
  1. Robin Walter
  1. Nursing, Lake Sumpter State College, Leesburg, FL 34788, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Robin Walter, Nursing, Lake Sumpter State College, Leesburg, FL 34788, USA; walterr{at}

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Commentary on: Flateland SM, Pryce-Miller M, Skisland AVS, et al. Exploring the experiences of being an ethnic minority student within undergraduate nurse education: a qualitative study. BMC Nursing, 18:63.

Implications for practice and research

  • Diversity training is needed for nurse educators; the numbers of nursing faculty from ethnic minority groups should be increased.

  • Research is needed to identify best practices for equitable academic opportunities for ethnic and cultural minority nursing students.


There is a growing body of evidence suggesting that ethnic and cultural minority students face multiple, unique challenges in completing an undergraduate degree in nursing. The challenges include discrimination, language barriers, social and cultural marginalisation and a lack of culturally sensitive academic support.1 Little is known about the experiences of migrant status students in Scandinavian undergraduate nursing programmes. The …

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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.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.