Evaluating cultural competence in the clinical practicum

Nurs Educ Perspect. 2013 Mar-Apr;34(2):88-94. doi: 10.5480/1536-5026-34.2.88.


Aim: The main purpose is to introduce a tool for evaluating the extent of culturally specific care provided for a diverse clientele, the frequency of cultural assessments, and the development of culturally sensitive and professionally appropriate attitudes, values, and beliefs.

Background: Legal, ethical, and accreditation mandates demand theoretically based, valid, comprehensive tools to assess aspects of culturally specific care; yet no relevant ones existed.

Method: The Cultural Competence Clinical Evaluation Tool (CCCET) was administered at the end of a second semester medical-surgical nursing course (n = 161).

Results: The Content Validity Index (CVI) was 0.91. The reliability coefficients provided evidence for internal consistency.

Conclusion: Student and teacher ratings were relatively close, suggesting that respondents took the task of CCCET completion seriously and honestly, that cultural competence was a visible theme throughout the course, and that students and instructors worked closely together in the clinical practicum setting to achieve learning objectives (including cultural competence).

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cultural Competency / education*
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Education, Nursing / methods*
  • Education, Nursing / standards
  • Educational Measurement / methods*
  • Educational Measurement / standards
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Models, Nursing*
  • Nursing Evaluation Research
  • Transcultural Nursing / education*
  • Transcultural Nursing / standards