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To search for inclusive teaching practices in nursing, I looked primarily at CINAHL, the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature. My search strategy included using terms like “inclusive teach*,” “inclusive classroom” and “inclusive educat*”. I also focused only on nurse education, as opposed to encompassing all the inclusive initiatives in nursing as a profession. There are also CINAHL headings for nurse education, undergraduate nurse education, and diversity education, all of which were used during the course of the search.


Nursing has long been a profession that has sought to be diverse and inclusive. Nursing is one of the oldest professions, and, like doctors, has a duty to serve the patient in front of them. The people nurses interact with are incredibly diverse, and continue to evolve depending on location and community. As part of nursing education, there is a heavy emphasis on inclusive teaching to encourage inclusive practice once nurses are in a clinical setting. More recently, there has been a growing emphasis on how to effectively provide healthcare to individuals who are transitioning, as well as a focus on healthcare to the LGBTQ community.

There did not seem to be a lot of gaps in the literature-while there is always room for more research on inclusive teaching practices, nurse educators and researchers realize (perhaps to a greater degree than other disciplines) how critical understanding the community nursing students will serve is to their educational practices. Because of this, the focus on inclusivity and diversity is a strong focus for nursing education and nursing research.


Bagnardi, M., Bryant, L., & Colin, J. (2009). Banks multicultural model: a framework for integrating multiculturalism into nursing curricula. Journal Of Professional Nursing, 25(4), 234-239. doi:10.1016/j.profnurs.2009.01.010

Beard, K.V., Morote, E., & Volcy, K. (2013). Effects of a student response system on preclass preparation, learning, and class participation in a diverse classroom. Teaching & Learning in Nursing, 8(4), 136-139.

Bleich, M.R., Macwilliams, B.R. & Schmidt, B. J. (2015). Advancing diversity through inclusive excellence in nursing education. Journal of Professional Nursing, 31(2), 89-94.

Carabez, R., Pellegrini, M., Mankovitz, A., Eliason, M. J., & Dariotis, W. M. (2015). Nursing student perceptions of their knowledge of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender issues: Effectiveness of a multi-purpose assignment in a public health nursing class. Journal of Nursing Education, 54(1), 50-53.

Finn, J. (2004). Diversity: Teaching strategies used with success in the multicultural classroom. Nurse Educator, 29(1), 10-12.

Larsen, R., & Reif, L. (2011). Effectiveness of cultural immersion and culture classes for enhancing nursing students transcultural self-efficacy. Journal of Nursing Education, 50(6), 350-354.

Mager, D. R., & Grossman, S. (2013). Promoting nursing students’ understanding and reflection on cultural awareness. Home Healthcare Nurse, 31(10), 582-590.

Nairn, S., Hardy, C., Parumal, L., & Williams, G. (2004). Multicultural or anti-racist teaching in nurse education: A critical appraisal. Nurse Education Today, 24(3), 188-195.

Nairn, S., Hardy, C., Harling M., Parumal, L., & Narayanasamy, M. (2012). Diversity and ethnicity in nurse education: The perspective of nurse lecturers. Nurse Education Today, 32(3), 203-207.

NLN releases a vision for achieve diversity and meaningful inclusion in nursing education. (2016). Nursing Education Perspectives, 37(3), 186.

Ruth-Sahd, L. (2003). Intuition: A critical way of knowing in a multicultural nursing curriculum. Nursing Education Perspectives 24(3), 129-134.

Tilki, M., Dye, K., Markey, K., Scholefield, D., Davis, C., & Moore, T. (2007) Racism: the implications for nursing education. Diversity in Health & Social Care, 4(4), 303-312. (Request via Interlibrary Loan.)

Levey, J. A. (2018). Universal Design for Instruction in Nursing Education: An Integrative Review. Nursing Education Perspectives (Wolters Kluwer Health), 39(3), 156–161. https://doi-org.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/10.1097/01.NEP.0000000000000249

Spurlock Jr., D. (2019). Toward an Inclusive Vision of Both Nursing Practice and Nursing Science. Journal of Nursing Education, 58(6), 319–320. https://doi-org.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/10.3928/01484834-20190521-01

Stacciarini, J.-M. R., & McDaniel, A. M. (2019). EMBRACE: Developing an Inclusive Leadership Program With and for Undergraduate Nursing Students. Journal of Professional Nursing, 35(1), 26–31. https://doi-org.proxy2.cl.msu.edu/10.1016/j.profnurs.2018.09.001

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