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Cultural Diversity Part 1: Enhancing Success to Provide a Diverse Workforce
featuring Rhonda Sharpe, PhD, Karin J. Sherrill, RN, MSN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAADN and Virginia Wangerin, PhD, RN, CNE
- Explore the cultural profile of nursing education compared to the general population.
- Discuss strategies to enhance learning and academic success for students from non-dominant cultures.
- Identify strategies to increase faculty understanding of their roles in enhancing cultural diversity in the nursing workforce.
Rhonda Sharpe, PhD
Rhonda Vonshay Sharpe is the Research Director for the Network on Racial and Ethnic Inequality, Director of the Global Inequality Research Initiative, the Associate Director of the Diversity Initiative for Tenure in Economics, and Visiting Associate Professor of African and African American Studies at Duke University. Her primary research interests are in the demography of higher education and the impact of disparate treatment in education policy. Her recent publications have focused on the demography of STEM education, the educational attainment of blacks, and the development of historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). She earned her PhD in economics/mathematics in 1998 from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California. She also holds a master's degree in economics from Claremont Graduate University; a master's degree in operations research from Stanford University; a master's degree in applied mathematics from Clark Atlanta University; and a bachelor's degree in mathematics from North Carolina Wesleyan College. She has served on the faculty at Barnard College, Columbia University, the University of Vermont and Bennett College.
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Karin J. Sherrill, RN, MSN, CNE, CHSE, ANEF, FAADN
Karin is committed to student success, faculty development, and teaching innovation in nursing education. Her greatest passions include integration of technologies, active learning, simulation, transition to practice, and continually working to build the perfect teacher-made exam. She is faculty at Maricopa Community Colleges in Phoenix, AZ, and adjunct faculty at Upper Iowa University. She holds several committee, chair, and president positions on the local, state and national level. She is learning to survive being an empty nester and enjoys volunteering in Haiti with her family.
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Virginia Wangerin, PhD, RN, CNE
Dr. Virginia "Ginny" Wangerin, PhD, RN, CNE is an educator, consultant, and speaker with over 30 years’ experience in nursing. She was a bedside nurse, educator, administrator, and community volunteer, and has experience in undergraduate and graduate programs. She led the Des Moines Area Community College nursing program through significant growth and success during her tenure as faculty, program chair, and District Director. As the Director of an RN-BSN program with multistate locations, she implemented an innovative concurrent enrollment partnership with associate degree programs. She is currently developing a new RN-BSN program at Iowa State University, building upon strong programs in nutrition, wellness and health coaching, chronic disease management and leadership. Ginny has successfully led programs through the accreditation process with NLNAC and CCNE and served as consultant for state accreditation/approval processes. President of the Iowa Nurses Association from 2007 to 2011, she advocates for nursing and healthcare issues at the state and national level. She was invited by Senator Tom Harkin to join him at the National Press Club in May 2009 where she talked about "Chronic Disease - Impact on Health Care". Ginny served on the Governor's Nursing Task Force in 2008, the Iowa Consortium for Comprehensive Cancer Control from 2002-2007, and several statewide nursing task forces impacting practice and nursing regulation as well as health care organization boards of directors. She is currently on the Iowa Board of Nursing Workforce Advisory Committee. As a leader in the Iowa Needs Nurses Now Coalition, she was instrumental in activities furthering nursing practice and education in the state. She was one of four nurses profiled in "The American Nurse", May/June 2009 as a nurse educator and advocate and was honored by the Iowa Nurses Association in October 2011 with the Edith Ruppert Award, in recognition of significant contribution to the improvement of nursing.
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