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Cultural Mindedness Modules

Modules for Implementing an Inclusive School of Nursing

Background of the Self- Paced Learning Modules

Mikel Hogan
During the fall 2019 through spring 2021 semesters, Dr. Mikel Hogan developed five “Self- Paced Learning Modules” for faculty, staff and administrators of the School of Nursing (SON) funded by the EMBRACE grant. With the new HRSA grant, ENGAGE, these modules have been updated and additional materials developed to further enhance our cultural mindedness and mentoring strategies to promote an inclusive SON cultural climate.

The modules provide self-paced on-line learning modules that contain useful worksheets, power points, case examples (written by students), and resources (in a sixth module) for practice and discussion with students of the cultural conceptual tools and skills. SON faculty, administration and staff through face to face education conducted by Dr. Hogan that first-hand knowledge about student identities and backgrounds provides a rich resource for infusing SON curriculum with connections to students’ cultural lived experiences. Altogether, this cultural learning process facilitates effective mentoring, shared governance, and an inclusive SON cultural climate.

Overview of the Self-Paced Learning Modules

Cultural Mindedness: Modules one through three, collectively referred to as cultural-mindedness, recognizes cultural and power dynamics that exist in relationships in any situation. Module One presents and demonstrates the conceptual tool, the Aspects of Culture, twelve dimensions of cultural dynamics occurring in any situation. Module Two expands understanding of cultural complexity by applying the Aspects of Culture to Four Levels of Culture, actual relational spheres in which the Aspects are always actively operating. Module Three provides the third conceptual tool for developing cultural mindedness, the Six Barriers to effective communication and respectful relationships.

Dialogue Process and Action Planning Skills: Module Four provides a culturally sensitive dialogue process comprised of personal competency behaviors that promote the interpersonal capacity for respectful dialogue in diverse settings. Dialogue is an inherently respectful communication process that fosters understanding of the cultural factors influencing both patient, student, and colleague beliefs and behaviors. Module Five engages participants in applying the previous cultural conceptual tools and dialogue in case analysis and action planning for cultural issue identification and problem solving interventions and analysis.

Module Six provides a list of references that cover numerous topics about diversity issues and developments past and present.

All of these modules are available for self-paced learning and for integration into SON courses across curricula. If you have any further questions, please contact Mikel Hogan Ph.D at Hogan, M. (2013).Four Skills of Cultural Diversity Competence (4th edition). Belmont, CA: Brooks/Cole, Cengage Learning