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Bethel College Nursing Dean and Faculty Publish Articles

Ruth Davidhizar, professor and dean of nursing at Bethel College, and Jane Eshleman, associate professor of nursing and coordinator for the RN-BSN programs at Bethel College, are authors of "Strategies for Developing Cultural Competency in an RN-BSN program" in this March's Journal of Transcultural Nursing.

It is crucial for nurses to acquire skills and a knowledge base to care for increasingly diverse cultural populations. Many nurses returning to school do not receive theoretical information relative to culture. This article describes some of the teaching strategies utilized in the RN-BSN program at Bethel College in Mishawaka and at the off-site locations in Winona Lake at Grace College and at Lakeland Health Care Systems in St. Joe Michigan. This "how we did it" discussion is presented to provide ideas for teaching strategies that may be used to promote attainment of a program outcome related to cultural sensitivity and competency.

The RN-BSN program at Bethel College is offered in a one night a week adult format and is designed for full-time employed nurses who want to also complete their BSN. Applications are being taken now for the three sites. Nurses can contact nursing admissions counselor Sharon Duerkson at nursing@BethelCollege.edu or at 574.257.3455.

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 1,964 includes students from 34 states, 17 countries, more than 20 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.