Research of culture and cultural competence in nursing faculty is vitally important when considering the state of the United States health care system and health disparities that can be reduced through culturally competent care. Recent studies address cultural competence among nurses, but there is limited information exploring cultural competence in nursing faculty. A concept analysis of "cultural competence" using Rodger's method further established the need to examine cultural competence from the perspective of nursing faculty, who are responsible for educating future nurses in culturally competent care. The purposes of this study were to determine the level of cultural competence in Texas pre-licensure nursing faculty, identify any demographic data that might predict cultural competence in nursing faculty, and understand faculty members' perceptions of cultural competence. Guided by the Process of Cultural Competence in the Delivery of Healthcare Services model and using a mixed-methods, convergent, parallel design, 89 faculty were surveyed. A subset of seven faculty members were interviewed to explore perceptions of faculty regarding cultural competence. Nursing faculty members have a moderate level of cultural competence scores as measured with the Nurses Cultural Competence Scale, scoring higher on the subscales of sensitivity and awareness. These findings, strengthened through the qualitative strand of the mixed-method approach, informs educational recommendations, policy development, and further research on improving nursing faculty members' level of cultural competence and ability to model culturally competent care to nursing students.

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Spring 5-27-2015

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