Cultural competence and holistic practice: implications for nursing education, practice, and research

Holist Nurs Pract. 2009 May-Jun;23(3):153-7. doi: 10.1097/HNP.0b013e3181a056a0.


Western society is becoming increasingly diverse in its cultural, ethnic, linguistic, and religious composition and this has implications for nursing education, practice, and research. Although the healthcare setting is becoming increasingly multicultural, nurses often lack "cultural competence." Incorporating cultural competence in nursing curricula, organizational policy, and research programs will help prepare nurses for multicultural practice environments.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Clinical Nursing Research / standards
  • Cultural Competency*
  • Education, Nursing / standards
  • Holistic Nursing / standards*
  • Humans
  • Nurse-Patient Relations
  • Nursing Process / standards
  • Transcultural Nursing