Date of Award


Document Type

Restricted Access Thesis

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)



First Advisor

Cheryl Leuning PhD, RN

Second Advisor

Kristin McHale DNP, RN

Third Advisor

Susan Bosher PhD, MA


The diversity of the United States (US) population is rapidly increasing while the diversity of the Registered Nurses (RNs) workforce is not keeping up with the demographic makeup of the population. Attracting, educating, and graduating culturally and linguistically diverse nursing students is essential in providing safe, quality health care to a culturally and linguistically diverse patient population now and in the future. Nursing faculty have a crucial role in implementing teaching strategies that effectively promote culturally and linguistically diverse students' learning and success in nursing programs. Guided by Madeleine Leininger's Culture Care Diversity & Universality Theory, along with her Sunrise Enabler, this project holistically explored challenges that were faced by culturally and linguistically diverse RNs at a hospital in the Midwest when they attended nursing school in the US. The project aims to improve the understanding of culturally and linguistically diverse nursing students' experiences and identify interventions that effectively facilitate their learning. Recommendations are offered which address learning accommodations and blended student groups that expand learning opportunities for both culturally diverse students and native English-speaking students.


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