James Madison University
PHOTO: Erika Metzler Sawin

Erika Metzler Sawin, Ph.D., R.N.

Assistant Professor


  • PhD - University of Virginia
  • MSN - The University of Texas at Austin (Community Health concentration)
  • BA - Goshen College


  • Adult Health - Telemetry and Medical-Surgical
  • Women’s Health – Post-partum
  • Gerontology - Dementia family caregiving
  • Community Health – Occupational health and Health of homeless people

Professional Interests:

  • Health of Older Women
  • Family Caregiving for Older Adults
  • Family Violence
  • Rural Health
  • Nursing Across Cultures
  • Nursing Image in American Culture


  • May 12 August 15
    JMU Summer Hours
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