Geropsychiatric Nursing Initiative (GPNI) 4: Diversity, Inclusiveness and Cross-Cultural Competence in Older Adults with Serious and Persistent Mental Health Conditions


Target Audience

  • Advanced Practice Registered Nurses
  • Registered Nurses


This module discusses diversity, inclusiveness, and cross-cultural competence in geriatrics.


These GPNI continuing education modules represent a component of the Geropsychiatric Nursing Initiative to provide online learning in mental health and aging for advanced practice registered nurses and other graduate-prepared nurses and nursing students. The modules were made possible through generous support from the Geropsychiatric Nursing Initiative, a partnership of the National Hartford Center of Gerontological Nursing Excellence, the Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing, and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. A special thank you to leaders of the John A. Hartford Foundation’s Geropsychiatric Nursing Collaborative for their consultation and support for these continuing education modules and vision for geropsychiatric nursing.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify one concept of cultural competency, diversity, inclusivity, and different ideas related to cross-cultural care and communication
  2. Discuss why diversity and cross-cultural competence are important to older adult mental health, and to geropsychiatric nursing practice
  3. Explain a personal meaning of culture and cross-cultural competence