More than 1,500 miles from Sydney, the patients of Cairns Hinterland Tertiary Care Hospital include Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians, making the Queensland community an ideal setting for learning the importance of cultural competency in healthcare. With some patients walking around the hospital with no shoes, University of Delaware nursing students quickly realized they were in a very different medical environment than back home.

“The biggest difference was probably how they care for their patients; everything is much more laid back,” said junior Shannon Lyons. “The patients monitor their own insulin and vitals. The goal is to ensure that patients are independent when they return home.” Read the full article on UDaily.

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