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Resource ID 473
Title Cultural Similarity, Cultural Competence, and Nurse Workforce Diversity
Author Sandra L. McGinnis, Barbara L. Brush and Jean Moore


Proponents of health workforce diversity argue that increasing the number of minority health care providers will enhance cultural similarity between patients and providers as well as the health system’s capacity to provide culturally competent care. Measuring cultural similarity has been difficult, however, given that current benchmarks of workforce diversity categorize health workers by major racial/ethnic classifications rather than by cultural measures. This study examined the use of national racial/ethnic categories in both patient and registered nurse (RN) populations and found them to be a poor indicator of cultural similarity. Rather, we found that cultural similarity between RN and patient populations needs to be established at the level of local labor markets and broadened to include other cultural parameters such as country of origin, primary language, and self-identified ancestry. Only then can the relationship between cultural similarity and cultural competence be accurately determined and its outcomes measured.

Resource type Article
Source/origin External source
Record created 2014-07-22 14:03
Record updated 2014-07-22 14:03
Record editor Helen Parsons
Tags cultural competence, workforce diversity, minority RNs, foreign-trained RNs
Subjects Migration of health professionals, Cultural competence