2006 Student Research Conference:
19th Annual Student Research Conference

Human Potential and Performance

Cultural Competence in Nursing Students from a Philippines Study Abroad Program
Ashley N. Lytton
Dr. Stephen Hadwiger and Prof. Kit Hadwiger, Faculty Mentors

CULTURAL COMPETENCE IN NURSING STUDENTS FROM A PHILIPPINES STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM By Ashley N. Lytton, NS The purpose of this qualitative secondary analysis was to describe how nursing students enrolled in the Transcultural Study Abroad Program in the Philippines expressed cultural competence. A template analysis was conducted on texts from 52 nursing students’ weekly journals from 5 consecutive summers (1998-2002) using Bennett’s (1998) stages of cultural adaptation. Data was coded according to the categories of denial, defense, reverse defense, minimization, acceptance, adaptation, and integration. Within each category, themes were developed and critical attributes identified. Findings suggest that students do not move steadily forward toward integration and cultural competence, but instead tend to fluctuate, regressing at the beginning of each new environment. Most students did not arrive at adaptation or integration during the 3-week program, implying that a longer immersion is necessary to move into the final stages of cultural adaptation.

Keywords: cultural competence, philippines, transculture nursing, nursing students, nursing, cultural adaptation, Bennett's Model

Topic(s):Nursing

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 34-4
Location: VH 1000
Time: 2:00

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