America's cultural diversity challenges the ability of nurses to respond with sensitivity to client needs. Enhancement of the client's health practices is contingent on the nurse's ability to use the individual's culturally based beliefs and values as an integral component in the design of nursing interventions. Nurse and client engage in a truly collaborative planning and implementation of care only after there is mutual understanding of the special meaning of beliefs and values from which health behaviors are derived. Educational preparation with experience in applying cultural knowledge is essential to the development of sensitive nursing practice. Integrating such information and experiences into baccalaureate nursing curricula through a sociocultural project will enhance student awareness of client values and beliefs and their potential nursing implications. Strategies exist for helping students recognize, accept, and use these features in planning and implementing nursing care.