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Bethel College School of Nursing Dean Appointed as Commissioner of National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission

Ruth Davidhizar, RN, DNS, ARNP, BC, FAAN, dean of nursing at Bethel College, was elected to the position of commissioner of National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) Board of Commissioners in a seat representing nursing education at the National League of Nursing Annual Summit meeting in September 2006. Dr. Sharon Tanner, executive director of the NLNAC, announced the three-year appointment. The commission meets three times a year following site visits to nursing programs. The next meeting will be in New York. Dean Davidhizar has been an NLNAC site visitor and consultant for 12 years and has served two terms on the BSN and higher degree Peer Review Board Panel (ERP). She also serves as an NLNAC consultant.

Ruth E. Davidhizar earned her BSN from Goshen College and her MSN in psychiatric nursing education and DNS in psychiatric nursing research from Indiana University. She received an honorary doctorate in Humane Arts from Andrews University. She is board certified as a psychiatric nursing practitioner and is a fellow in the Academy of Nursing. The Transcultural Nursing Society has designated her in 2006 as Transcultural Nursing Scholar. She has been employed at Bethel College, Mishawaka, Ind., since 1987. She is professor and dean of the School of Nursing and dean of faculty in the MSN program. She has also served as adjunct professor and consultant at Ball State University, Muncie, Ind., and research consultant to the graduate programs at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Mich. She is a frequent preceptor for graduate students. In addition, she was on the faculty at Memorial Hospital of South Bend School of Nursing and the director of nursing at Logansport State Hospital, Logansport, Ind.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associates, bachelor's and
master's degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,081 includes students from 29 states and Puerto Rico, 21 countries, more than 25 denominational affiliations and 16 percent from culturally diverse backgrounds. Scholarships are available based upon a variety of factors including academic achievement, talent in the arts or athletics, ethnicity and church affiliation. Bethel offers classes at four satellite locations, as well as its Elkhart campus. The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.