Publication Date


Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)



First Advisor

Phyllis M. Connolly

Second Advisor

Deepika Goyal


The aim of the study was to assess cultural competence among nurses in an acute care setting. A 25-item questionnaire developed by Campinha-Bacote (2003) titled Inventory to Assess Cultural Competence Among Health Care Providers (IAPCC-R) along with a demographic survey were utilized to assess cultural competence among 100 nurses in an acute care hospital. The results of the study indicated that 70% of nurses (n=63) were culturally aware and 30% (n=27) were culturally competent. There was no statistical significance between the level of cultural competence and years of experience, educational degree or self rating of 'being culturally competent'. The findings of the study provide direction to strengthen cultural competence education and training among nurses and strategies to enhance the structure and processes of organization's efforts to deal with diversity.