Year of Publication

2022

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice

Committee Chair

Dr. Debra Hampton

Clinical Mentor

Dr. Tamra Langley

Committee Member

Dr. Lacey Buckler

Abstract

Background: Providers in the United States (U.S.) healthcare system need to understand the cultural values, beliefs, and traditions of the growing Latino population. As a result, academic institutions are incorporating cultural competency training in their curricula. However, a noticeable knowledge gap exists for those currently practicing in the healthcare arena, impacting patient and provider satisfaction and healthcare outcomes.

Purpose: The purpose of the study was to obtain a baseline assessment of the cultural competence of a select group of Advanced Practice Providers (APPs) caring for the Latino population at the University of Kentucky and provide a targeted educational intervention, followed by a post-intervention assessment utilizing the same evidence-based tool.

Conceptual Framework: Schim and Miller’s Cultural Competence Model (CCM) was utilized as the framework for this study.

Methodology: This study used a one-group pre-test post-test design to examine the effect of a cultural competency educational module for APPs on their knowledge related to cultural diversity, awareness, and sensitivity.

Results: Thirteen participants completed the pre-survey and 11 completed the post-survey. Seven participants completed both the pre and post-surveys. There was no change in the pre and post self-reported overall cultural competency assessment scores in relation to the educational intervention, which was expected with a small sample size. However, it is important to note that the cultural competence behavior (CCB) scores were higher after the educational intervention.

Conclusion: The implementation of cultural competency training for Advanced Practice Providers did result in increased CCB scores. However, this study needs to be replicated with a larger, more inclusive sample size.

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