Bethel Honors Former Nursing Dean in Dedication Ceremony

Bethel College administrators will dedicate part of the Middleton Hall of Science Building to former Nursing Dean Ruth E. Davidhizar. The ceremony will take place May 2, at 11:30 a.m. in the lobby of the science building. That’s when “The Davidhizar Wing for Nursing Education” will be named. This all takes place shortly after the 10 a.m. nursing pinning ceremony and before the 2:30 p.m. non-traditional commencement program.

On September 11, 2008 Davidhizar, 62, of Goshen passed away. She was one of Bethel’s most nationally recognized professors. Known internationally for her theoretical model for delivering culturally appropriate medical care, her work is used today by healthcare professionals and nursing schools around the globe. She also sat on national boards overseeing her nursing profession.

Ruth began her career as a nurse in the late 1960s. Her journey was marked by numerous accomplishments, most since coming to Bethel, where she joined the nursing faculty in 1987 as an adjunct professor. She soon became chair of the Division of Nursing, then dean of the School of Nursing. She brought her own unique, boundless passion and determination to grow and improve the nursing program to the campus. She also authored more than 850 articles, books and book chapters. Davidhizar was named “Edge Runner” by the American Academy of Nursing for her extensive research on cultural competency in the healthcare setting.

Ruth served on many boards and committees as an advisor, consultant and reviewer.

To say that she touched the lives of many would be a great understatement. Her battle with cancer may have ended her life on earth, but her impact on Bethel College and the field of nursing will live on for generations to come.

Some Honors & Accomplishments

Writer for the Distinguished Writers Program; Sigma Theta Tau (2000-02) Sigma Theta Tau Region 4 Mentor Award (1999) Featured author in the "Journal of Practical Nursing” (2001) Listing in multiple biographical dictionaries Special recognition among Distinguished Alumni at the Indiana University Gala Recognition Dinner (1998) Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Andrews University (1997) ISNA/AJN Indiana Writing Excellence Award (1991, 1993, 1994)

The Ruth E. Davidhizar Nursing Scholarship is now in place. For those interested in participating, please send contributions to Bethel College c/o Institutional Advancement, 1001 Bethel Circle, Mishawaka, IN 46545.

Bethel College is an accredited Christian college of the arts and sciences offering associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in more than 50 areas of study. The current enrollment of more than 2,000 includes students from 34 states and Puerto Rico, 20 countries, more than 25 denominations 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. In addition to its 75 wooded acre main campus in Mishawaka, Ind., Bethel also offers specific academic programs at sites in Elkhart, Ind., Fort Wayne, Ind., Dowagiac, Mich., and St. Joseph, Mich. Nursing programs are also offered in cooperation with Grace College in Winona Lake, Ind.