A Guide to Developing a Culturally Competent Organization Article

Purnell, L, Davidhizar, RE, Giger, JN et al. (2011). A Guide to Developing a Culturally Competent Organization . JOURNAL OF TRANSCULTURAL NURSING, 22(1), 7-14. 10.1177/1043659610387147

cited authors

  • Purnell, L; Davidhizar, RE; Giger, JN; Strickland, OL; Fishman, D; Allison, DM


  • The journey to organizational cultural competence for a health care organization, educational setting, freestanding clinic, or long-term-care organization is a process that requires the collaborative efforts from people at all levels in every department as well as external consumers such as public policy officials, students, and community leaders. Broadly speaking, four main but overlapping areas must be considered in institute activities and strategies to accomplish a comprehensive culturally competent organization. These four areas are (a) administration and governance, (b) orientation and education, (c) language, and (d) staff competencies. This article presents key content areas and activities to consider on the journey to cultural competence. Tables with suggested departmental responsibilities for implementation are included. In some cases, the journey may best be facilitated by a consultant who is well versed in cultural competence and organizational dynamics. © 2011, SAGE Publications. All rights reserved.

publication date

  • January 1, 2011

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  • 7

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  • 14


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