Storytelling as cultural assessment

Bronwynne Evans, Billie M. Severtsen

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This article describes how story was used to teach cultural assessment to baccalaureate nursing students enrolled in clinicals in long-term care facilities. Class sessions focused on learning to elicit and listen to patients' stories and use story as an assessment tool in clinical practice. With their peers, students learned to listen in a nonjudgmental, contextual way to the values and beliefs of the storyteller.They learned that all people, even those from the dominant mainstream culture, have stories to tell, and that stories build bridges between nurses and clients.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)180-183
Number of pages4
JournalNursing and Health Care Perspectives
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1 2001


  • Clinical teaching
  • Cultural assessment
  • Nurse-patient relations
  • Nursing education, baccalaureate
  • Storytelling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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