Culturally Diverse Nursing Students in Finland: Some Experiences

Marianne Pitkäjärvi, Elina Eriksson, Pertti Kekki, Kaisu Pitkälä

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Around the world, student populations are internationalizing and diversifying. The purpose of this study was to research culturally and linguistically diverse nursing students' experiences in Finland. The data were collected from 27 students in four polytechnics through focus group interviews. The findings highlight the importance of concreteness in theoretical instruction. In clinical settings, language barriers and negative attitudes towards students and their cultural background lead to social and professional isolation. The findings suggest that development of culturally sensitive pedagogy requires further investigation with strong research designs. Intensified language instruction for those who need it is essential. Strategies that increase cultural competence and promote appreciation of cultural diversity in health care settings should be developed.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20
JournalInternational Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • clinical practice
  • diversity
  • ELTDP students
  • teaching methods

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)
  • Education


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