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ERIC Number: ED546589
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 104
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2675-6411-5
Cultural Diversity and the Experiences of Alaska Native Nursing Students
Gilmon, Margaret E.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Northern Colorado
The purpose of this ethnonursing research study was to discover, describe, and systematically analyze the care expressions, practices, and patterns of Alaska Native nurses within the context of their nursing school experience. The goals of this study were to identify generic and professional care factors that promote the academic success of Alaska Native students and to explore how these factors might affect culturally congruent education within the classroom. Seven major themes were discovered: (a) Alaska Native nursing students' self-care is linked to addressing the need for family; (b) to Alaska Native nurses and the nurse educators teaching them, communication is a universal need with cultural diversity; (c) Alaska Native nursing students are stressed by living in two worlds; (d) Alaska Native nursing students experience culturally non-congruent and non-caring events in the classroom; (e) nurse educators who promote the success of Alaska Native nursing students value and respect the Alaska Native students; (f) Alaska Native nursing students have experienced culturally congruent care from nurse educators who promote the success of Alaska Native nursing students; and (g) Alaska Native nurses provide universal and diverse culture care to Alaska Native people. Discoveries and suggestions regarding nurse educators' actions and decisions for teaching Alaska Native nursing students in a more culturally congruent way were presented. Findings of this study contribute to the body of nursing knowledge related to the universality and diversity of culture care. The contribution to nursing education is an increased understanding of providing culturally congruent nursing education to promote the success of Alaska Native nursing students. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alaska