Cultural Safety

The 2009 publication of Cultural Competence and Cultural Safety in Nursing Education: A Framework for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Nursing provided the TRU School of Nursing and other schools of nursing across Canada the opportunity to work with the concepts and principles and explore ways to develop competencies among faculty and students.

For each of the core competencies, a number of potential learning strategies and outcomes are listed. These core competencies are supported by two foundational concepts:

  • Constructivist Understanding of Culture: Culture is understood as being enacted relationally through history, experience, gender and social position.
  • Cultural Safety: Cultural safety requires practitioners to move beyond cultural awareness by understanding/challenging power differentials and addressing inequities. It requires improving access to health care and recognizing that cultural safety is determined by those to whom nurses provide care. Cultural safety is action oriented and is a good fit with nursing’s advocacy role.

On March 4 and 5, 2010, the School of Nursing held a strategy session as part of a systematic process to identify how we can integrate the framework.

Cultural safety modules

TRU nursing faculty and Indigenous persons from this territory worked with University of Victoria faculty, staff and Indigenous persons from Vancouver Island to create three online cultural safety modules: