Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Lisa VanGetson APRN, DNP, FNP-C

Second Advisor

Colleen Lane APRN, DNP, FNP-C

Third Advisor

Joyce P. Miller DNP, RN


When working with a population such as the Hmong, attention to their cultural health practices is essential to provide the best care possible. As Hmong patients are reluctant to seek medical care from Western medicine, when they present to primary care, gathering the most accurate health assessment is necessary to implement culture-specific care. The role of primary care providers, such as family nurse practitioners, is to address patients’ healthcare needs from all cultural backgrounds. As health care becomes increasingly diverse, it is crucial for family nurse practitioners to have the appropriate tools and skills to perform their job well. Through an in-depth literature search, a gap of a culturally appropriate drug screening tool was identified in primary care to serve the Hmong patients. To address the gap, the scholarly project developed a pamphlet with an appropriate drug screening tool and an opium use resource for providers to use in primary care settings. This educational pamphlet was introduced to two clinics in St. Paul that serve Hmong patients. Eighteen primary care providers were given the pamphlet and 9 of them participated in a short survey. The survey revealed many primary care providers found the pamphlet to be useful in their practice. As family nurse practitioners adopt the tool, it has the potential to improve the health and wellbeing of the patients they serve.


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