Differences in universal diverse orientation among nursing students in Australia

Yenna Salamonson, Bronwyn Everett, Sharon Andrew, Jane Koch, Patricia M. Davidson

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With globalization and intensified migration, an attitude of awareness and acceptance of both similarities and differences among people-known as universal-diverse orientation (UDO)-is a positive benefit that students may bring to a nursing program. Using a cross-sectional survey design, this study measured students' UDO using the Miville-Guzman Universality-Diversity Scale-Short Form (M-GUDS-S). Among 816 nursing students, those born in a non-English-speaking country had higher M-GUDS-S scores (P < 0.001), and those who spoke both English and non-English at home had consistently higher scores in all three M-GUDS-S subscales. However, those who never spoke English at home had low scores in the "Comfort with Differences" subscale if they had lived in Australia for only a few years. Nursing students from a non-English-speaking background could potentially enrich cross-cultural educational experiences for all students, but students who have recently settled in Australia may need support to feel a sense of connectedness.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)296-302
Number of pages7
JournalNursing outlook
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2007
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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