Schar College of Nursing to Host Lecture and Teaching Sessions

Schar College of Nursing to Host Lecture and Teaching Sessions

9/27/12 ASHLAND, Ohio – The Ashland University Dwight Schar College of Nursing and Health Sciences will host a lecture and teaching sessions featuring Dr. Rick Zoucha, associate professor of Duquesne University School of Nursing, on Nov. 1-2 in Myers Convocation Center on the Ashland University campus.

The event, titled “Cultural Competence: Community and Academia Collaborate for Improved Outcomes,” will feature a free public presentation on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. Titled “Engaging the community to improve health outcomes for vulnerable populations,” Zoucha’s presentation will discuss and encourage the process of engaging the community in collaborative participatory action research to improve health outcomes for underserved and vulnerable populations.

According to Zoucha, understanding the health needs and partnering with the community in a culturally competent manner is imperative in promoting health for vulnerable communities. A 1.0 ONA contact hour is available for those attending this presentation.

In addition to the public lecture, Zoucha will present a number of faculty and University sessions on Friday, Nov. 2. These will include:

  • “Mutual Transformation: A process of community engagement, change and sustainable relationships through research” from 8:30 to 10 a.m. This presentation will discuss the detail of designing a Participatory Action Research study and the probability of mutual transformation for both the community and academic institution. Included in this presentation is the identification of strategies and commitment to including culture across the academic curriculum. A 1.0 ONA contact hour is available for those attending this session.
  • “Discouraging the Myth: Build it and they will come!” from 10:30 a.m. to noon. This session will challenge dominant culture thought and practices around recruitment of diverse students at academic institutions. Participants will engage in a frank and open discussion about their shared ideas for enhancing enrollment of diverse students into the University and meeting student’s needs.
  • “Beginning the process of cultural competence through knowing your own culture” from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The focus of this presentation will be on understanding the process of cultural competence through understanding your own culture. Activities will include exploring your own cultural/family history and identifying your cultural icon prior to the session. When one understands their own culture they can begin the process of cultural competence. This is just the beginning to a lifelong process that will enhance working with people who are culturally different than you.

Registration is required for certain sessions, and can be done by emailing Gloria Sims at or calling 419.521.6805.

Zoucha has taught in the Duquesne University School of Nursing’s Transcultural Nursing in the BSN, Post Master’s, DNP and Ph.D. programs for the last 15 years. He coordinates the post master’s certificate programs in transcultural nursing. His research interests include using qualitative methods such as ethno nursing and ethnography in understanding various phenomena related to health and well-being in the Nicaraguan, Mexican American, African American and African refugee and immigrant communities.

He has served as Ph.D. dissertation chair for studies seeking to understand cultural care phenomena related to people of the Puerto Rican, Taiwanese, Mexican American, African American, Peruvian, Dominican, Appalachian and homeless cultures globally. Dr. Zoucha is a Certified Transcultural Nurse-Advanced. He was inducted as a Transcultural Nursing Scholar in 2004 and was bestowed the Leininger Award in 1998.

In addition, he served on the Board of Trustees for the Transcultural Nursing Society as vice president, president-elect, president and past-president between 1998 and 2003. Dr. Zoucha has been invited to speak at national and international conferences as well as visiting professor/scholar in Puerto Rico, Spain, New Jersey, Taiwan, Australia and North Dakota regarding issues of cultural care.

The event is sponsored, in part, with funds from Grant #D11HP22187-01-00, I CARE: “Increasing Baccalaureate Nursing Enrollment, Nurse Education, Practice, Quality and Retention,” (NEPQR).

The ONA contact hours are being provided through MedCentral Health System, which is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Ohio Nurses Association, and an accredited approver, by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.  

Ashland University, ranked in the top 200 colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2013, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###