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Date of Graduation
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Department of Health Sciences
Christina K. Lam
Cultural competence has been investigated extensively in nursing education to better prepare nurses to care for individuals of diverse backgrounds. While developing cultural competence is important to address individual care needs, it may not address the social and structural factors that influence health. Structural competency describes the ability to assess not only cultural factors that affect health disparities, but also structural inequalities and stigmas that can alter a patient’s presenting symptoms and risk for certain diseases.
Del Gallo, Elle J. and Lam, Christina K. Ph.D., RN, "Assessment of Structural Competency in Baccalaureate Nursing Students: A Descriptive Study" (2019). Senior Honors Projects, 2010-2019. 735.