Cross-Cultural Nursing – NURS 415

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

The student utilizes the nursing process while gaining an understanding of the delivery of health care in a culture outside the United States or a subculture within the United States. The experience provides the student with an opportunity to examine personal values and beliefs as they are related to health practices of people from other cultures. It provides opportunity to experience the stress resulting from linguistic differences and the adaptation required to adjust professional and personal practices to a different cultural environment. Issues and view of health and illness are included in the student’s analysis of the relationship between cultural considerations and personal and health behavior. Students develop and practice communication skills and caring as a ministry with individual and family members of another culture.


NURS 220


An understanding of oneself as a cultural or multicultural being in relationship to other cultural groups helps the nurse-patient relationship and the effect of globalization on culture and health. Without awareness and sensitivity to cultural diversity, the practicing nurse will be less effective in providing optimum care for the patient and his or her family. Woven into this course are principles of transcultural models, cultural intelligence, ethical, spiritual, and religious aspects of culture when faced with choices for the health and healing of patients. Section One of this course presents an introduction to the Transcultural Caring Dynamics in Nursing and Health Care, theory, and model, and each dimension of the model to help the candidate to develop an awareness of, assess, guide, and evaluate nursing from transcultural, multicultural, and global perspectives. Section Two of this course will discuss the application of the dimensions in diverse transcultural caring experiences (i.e., case studies/stories) to facilitate health, healing, well-being, or a peaceful death.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

    1. Analyze a new culture and be able to function within this culture.
    2. Understand the meaning of culture as dynamic complexity that incorporates traditional views of culture and the new sciences of complexity.
    3. Identify for purposes of application a variety of tools for inquiry and cuturological assessment, planning, and evaluation to enhance the Transcultural Caring Dynamics for Nursing and Health-Care model.
    4. Implement the concept of transcultural caring, evidence-based practice, co-creative dialogue, assessment, planning, understanding, and facilitation of choice in practice.
    5. Apply the pattern identification process (i.e., pattern seeing, pattern mapping, pattern reorganizing, and pattern transforming).
    6. Demonstrate through critical caring inquiry how pattern identification is to be applied to the transcultural caring experiences in practice.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (2)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be at least 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student will reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 200 words. Each thread and reply must incorporate at least 1 citation in current APA format.

Disease Brochure Discussion Board Forum

The student will write a 1-page bi-fold or trifold Disease Process Brochure and respond to 2 of his or her classmates’ brochures. The student may use Adobe Spark, Canva, or Microsoft Word to complete this assignment.

Cultural Intelligence Paper

The student will write a 5–7-page (excluding title page, references, and appendix) research and reflection-based paper that focuses on Cultural Intelligence (CQ). In this paper, the student will include a discussion of the CQ assessment test results taken online and apply them to the work situation, with a plan of improvement on the CQ reaction.This paper must be in current APA format and have 3–5 scholarly, peer-reviewed references.

PowerPoint Presentation

The student will create a PowerPoint Presentation to explore the concept of Caring Science in contemporary nursing. The student must analyze the notion of caring practice wisdom and demonstrate its use in nursing and the healthcare setting. This presentation must have at least 15 slides with at least 4 scholarly sources in current APA format.

Test (1)

The test will cover the Reading & Study material for the completed modules/weeks. The test will be open-book/open-notes, contain 15 multiple-choice questions, and four Multiple answer questions and have a 45-minute time limit.

Final Exam

The final exam will cover the Reading & Study material from the course. The final exam will be open-book/open-notes, contain 48 multiple-choice and 2 mulitple-answer questions, and have a 1-hour time limit.

Case Study

Based on the prompts given develop a two-page response to demonstrate understanding of the influence of different cultures. Post it in DB and respond to two others.