Bethel College's Davidhizar appointed Transcultural Nursing Scholar

Bethel College faculty, Ruth Davidhizar, RN, DNS, ARNP, BC, FAAN, was appointed a Transcultural Nursing Scholar at the annual conference of the Transcultural Nursing Society (TCN) in Annapolis, Md., November 2, 2006. She was among six TCN scholars that were selected by their peers for their documented and demonstrated exemplary leadership in advancing transcultural nursing and health care research, education, practice and/or administration within regional, national or global contexts. The nominating committee presented the scholars at a gala dinner in Annapolis. The scholars were also honored at a breakfast when attendees at the conference were given the opportunity to meet them. The six new appointees join six previous scholars making 12 transcultural nursing scholars recognized by TCN.

Dr. Davidhizar has authored more than 850 articles, book chapters and books on strategies to enhance the provision of culturally appropriate care and has developed a model for assessing cultural phenomena relevant to the delivery of culturally appropriate care. Her coauthored textbook, Transcultural Nursing: Assessment and Intervention, Mosby Year Book, Inc. (1990, 1995, 1999, 2004) has been widely adopted by schools of nursing and has been translated into French. She is an expert on cultural competency and health disparity. As a cultural competency expert, she is a frequent consultant for programs receiving grants from the HRSA Division of Nursing. Dr. Davidhizar has served as a reviewer for multiple journals including: Journal of Community Health Nursing; Nursing and Health Care; Perspectives on Community; Hospital and Community Psychiatry; Journal of Nursing Administration; Journal of Psychosocial Nursing; Journal of Cultural Diversity; Health Manager; Violence against Women; Perspectives in Health Care; Alternative Therapies; American Journal of Nursing and Nurse Author & Editor. She is the consulting editor for the Journal of the Black Nurses Association and the past editor of the Journal of Nursing Science. She has served as a National League of Nursing Accrediting Commission (NLNAC) site reviewer since 1992 and has served on the Evaluation Review Board (ERB) for the baccalaureate and higher degree council since 1997. She has also served as a curriculum, self-study and cultural consultant to numerous educational programs throughout the United States. In 2006, she was appointed as a commissioner of the NLNAC. 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.

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 locations: the Mishawaka campus, the Elkhart Campus and two satellite locations (in Nappanee and in Dowagiac, Mich.). The main Bethel campus is situated on 75 wooded acres in Mishawaka, Ind.