Silvia Imanda

Date of Graduation

Spring 2010


Master of Science in Nursing



Committee Chair

Susan Sims-Giddens


culturally competent care, baccalaureate nursing students, state-funded universities, Southwestern Missouri, Cultural Self-efficacy Scale, self-perceptions

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The purpose of this descriptive study was to examine students' perceived confidence to provide culturally competent care. The literature showed a lack of empirical studies investigating the confidence of nurses and nursing students in providing culturally competent care. Therefore, the research question was, "What are Southwest Missouri senior baccalaureate student nurses' self-perceptions of their competence in providing cultural care for diverse ethnic clients?” A convenience sample of baccalaureate nursing students, enrolled during the fall 2009 semester, from two universities in Southwestern Missouri were recruited for this study. Students completed the Bernal and Froman's Cultural Self-efficacy Scale (CSES). This study found that the participants' self-perceived cultural knowledge, concepts, patterns, and transcultural nursing skills ranged between 3 (neutral) and 4 (moderate confidence) on the Likert scale 1 to 5. Based on the computed subscales of the CSES, the score of the total self-efficacy was 194.53, which means the participants rated themselves as neutral to moderately competent. The study found that there is a minimal increase in the self-perceived confidence levels of cultural competence compared to other studies in the Midwest.


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