James Madison University

Diversity in Nursing at James Madison University

James Madison University Department of Nursing supports The American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) 1997 position statement on affirming diversity and equality of opportunity as core values of nursing education and practice. Diversity includes consideration of socioeconomic class, gender, age, religious belief, sexual orientation, and physical disabilities, as well as race and ethnicity. Valuing diversity means acknowledgment and support for different learning styles, ways of interaction, and collaboration with persons from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Nurses who value diversity provide culturally competent care, or care that reflects appreciation for the shared values, beliefs, norms, and practices that guide thinking, decisions, and actions of particular groups of persons.

Poster Presentations

Barriers to Health for Zabbaleen Women in Mokattem, Egypt
Presented by: Andrea Knopp, Ph.D, M.S.N., M.P.H., FNP-BC

Nursing Cultural Competency when Caring for Hispanic Patients and Families
Presented by: Erika Metzler Sawin RN PhD and Linda Sobel RN PhD

Teaching about Cultural Competency in BSN Programs: How Are We Doing at JMU?"
Presented by: Susan Brooks RN, MSN and Carroll Ward RN,MSN, MEd

Journal Articles

Public Health Nursing CoverEnhancing Nursing Students' Understanding of Poverty Through Simulation
Public Health Nursing
By: Nena Patterson R.N., Ph.D and Linda J. Hulton, R.N., Ph.D.


AACN Diversity in Nursing

Minority Nurse: The Career and Education resource for minority nursing professionals, students and faculty

Office of Minority Health

Standards of Practice Culturally Competent Care from TCNS

Transcultural Nursing Society

Funding Opportunities for Minority Students

Diversity News & Press Releases

The National Black Nurses Association and Tuskegee Airmen Scholarship Foundation Announce New Scholarship


  • Clarification of Comments Made in Harrisonburg Daily News Record, September 24, 2013:  Today, in the Daily News Record, a comment was made and highlighted that the Department of Nursing would eliminate the Nurse Practitioner programs at the Master's entry for practice.  This statement was made in error.  At this time, there are no plans to eliminate the Master's level Nurse Practitioner programs.  We will continue to monitor accreditation standards and requirements regarding entry to practice and will make decisions accordingly.
  • Check out the website for the Kenya trip!
  • April 23
    DC-Maryland-VA: Alumni Online Speed Networking 
  • May 9-10
    Commencement Ceremonies
    More information
  • May 20
    Richmond, VA: Alumni Networking Event
Pi Mu Nursing Honor Society