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cultural competence, hospice, nurses



  1. Schim, Stephanie Myers PhD, RN
  2. Doorenbos, Ardith Z. PhD, RN
  3. Borse, Nagesh N. BPharm, MS


The purpose of this study was to examine variables associated with cultural competence among hospice nurses. In a cross-sectional descriptive design, a convenience sample of 107 hospice nurses from five different hospice agencies completed a survey that included the Cultural Competence Assessment instrument. Regression analysis revealed a significant association between higher education and cultural awareness and sensitivity, as well as an association between diversity training and self-reported cultural competence behaviors. Findings support the need for additional education and training for hospice nurses and provision of more resources targeted toward enhancing cultural competency.