Laura Yoder

Laura Yoder

Office Phone: (540) 432-4195


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: CC 336

Office Hours: By appointment

Associate Professor

Nursing Dept

Assistant Professor

MS in Nursing

“My mission at EMU is to provide a holistic learning environment for student nurses to acquire and apply the essentials of nursing knowledge, skill, and clinical reasoning, and to partner with students as they develop a philosophy of nursing grounded in Christian faith.”

Laura has clinical experience in medical-surgical nursing, progressive care/ telemetry nursing, advanced nursing care (Primary Care Adult Nurse Practitioner), and nursing research. She is a BSN graduate of Goshen College, holds a MS degree in nursing from the University of South Florida, and a PhD in nursing from the University of Virginia. Her research centers around understanding adolescent health behavior and the multilevel contextual influences relating to the development of healthy lifestyles. She enjoys spending time with her son, daughter, husband, and family, and hobbies include singing, ballroom dancing, road cycling, and reading. She is a board member for the Pi Mu At Large chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honors Society and for Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship. Laura is an active member of Park View Mennonite Church.


  • PhD, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, 2014
  • MS, Adult Nurse Practitioner, University of South Florida, Tampa, 2002
  • BSN, Goshen College, Goshen, IN, 1997


  • Martin, S.E., Drake, E., Yoder, L., Gibson, M., Like, C.A. (Nov 2015). Active duty women’s perceptions of breastfeeding support in the military setting. Military Medicine.
  • Pitcock, N., Drake, E., Kulbok, P., Pineda, K., Gibson, M., Yoder, L. (Aug 2015). Evaluation of an initiative to increase exclusive breastfeeding among rural Hispanic women. Clinical Lactation.
  • Yoder, L.A.G., Xin, W., Norris, K.C., Yan, G. (2013). Patient care staffing levels and facility characteristics in U.S. hemodialysis facilities. American Journal of Kidney Disease, 62(6), 1130-1140.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

  • May 19, 2016. Galang, H., Yost, G., Yoder, L., Hahn, D. “Project Proposal: A Randomized Trial Comparing Outcomes of Three Types of Peripheral Intravenous Catheters.” Sentara Nursing Leadership Academy. Norfolk, VA.
  • January 26, 2016. Yoder, L.A.G. “Last Lecture: A President, A Pastor, A Professor.” Presented as part of a series developed by EMU Student Life. EMU Northlawn Great Lounge, Harrisonburg, VA.
  • February 12, 2016. Pitcock, N., Ossinova, N., Pineda, K., Yoder, L. “Tengo Leche! building Upon a Successful Initiative to Increase Breasfeeding rates Among Rural Hispanic Immigrant Mothers.” Interdisciplinary and quality Research Symposium. Winchester Medical Center – Valley Health.
  • September 18, 2014. Yoder, L.A.G., Kulbok, P.A., & Schmidt, K. “Complex Relationships among Multi-Level Contextual Factors for Adolescent Health Promotion.” The Council for the Advancement of Nursing Science 2014 State of the Science Congress on Nursing Research. Washington, D.C.
  • November 2, 2012. Yoder, L.A.G. “Substance Free Youth: Who Are They and What Can We Learn from Them?” Leadership and Education in Adolescent Health Fellows, Seminar, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD.
  • June 6-8, 2014. Akerson, E. Glick, D., Kane, C., Bullock, L., & Yoder, L. “Interprofessional Family Reviews: Collaborative Support with Community Health Workers.” All Together Better Health Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Feb. 12-15, 2014. Yoder, L.A.G. “Patterns of Ecological Influencing Factors for Health Promotion in Substance Free Youth.” Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Research Conference, San Antonio, Texas.
  • Feb. 27-March 2, 2013. Yoder, L.A.G. “An Evolutionary Concept Analysis of Emotional Intelligence.” Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Research Conference, Little Rock, Arkansas.
  • April 3-4, 2012. Yoder, L.A.G. & Kulbok, P.A. “Substance-Free Youth: A Systematic Literature Review.” Virginia Youth Tobacco Project, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA. Abstract published in The Future of Tobacco Control: Implications for the Prevention of Youth Tobacco Use in Virginia.
  • Feb. 20-23, 2012. Yoder, L.A.G. & Kulbok, P.A. “Substance-Free Youth: A Systematic Literature Review.” Southern Nursing Research Society Annual Research Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Dec. 21, 2010. Laboratory Results: Pieces of the Diagnostic Puzzle. Co-presented with colleague Catherine Rittenhouse at Rockingham Memorial Hospital.

Church, Community and Professional Service

  • Elder – Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, VA, Aug. 2014-present
  • Board Member, Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship, Aug. 2014-present
  • VP from EMU, Board Member, Pi Mu At Large Chapter of STTI, Aug. 2015-2017
  • Governance Committee Member, Pi Mu At Large Chapter of STTI, Aug. 2014-2015
  • Chair of Induction Program Planning Committee, Pi Mu At large Chapter of STTI (2010-2011)
  • Yalla Sunday School Class facilitator, Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg, VA (2010-current)

Honors, Awards and Grants

  • 2016 Lois Kercher Nursing Research Fund. Sentara Healthcare, May 2016
  • Phyllis Verhonick Dissertation Award, UVA School of Nursing, May 2014
  • Ravens Society, Inducted, UVA, Fall 2013
  • STAR Mentor Honorarium – School of Nursing, UVA, 2013
  • Excellence in Nursing Instruction Award* from VNSA (Virginia Nursing Students Association), received Feb. 5th, 2011

Certifications and Licenses

  • Registered Nurse, Virginia
  • AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers certification

Professional Memberships

  • Southern Nursing Research Society
  • Pi Mu At Large Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  • American Nurses Association
  • Virginia Nurses Association

Professional Conferences Attended

  • April 12, 2016 – Interprofessional Collaboration. Annual Professional Development Day of the Pi Mu at large chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honors Society. James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.
  • Feb. 24, 2016 – Preconference Workshop: Foundations for Translational, implementation, and Improvement Science Researchers. 30th Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society. Williamsburg, VA.
  • Feb. 24-27, 2016 – “A Solid Legacy, a Bright Tomorrow: Bridging the Past and Future of Nursing Research.” 30th Annual Conference of the Southern Nursing Research Society. Williamsburg, VA.
  • Jan. 21-23, 2016 – Doctoral Nursing Education Conference. American Association of Colleges of Nursing. naples Grand Hotel, Naples, Florida.
  • April, 2011 – Winchester Medical Cardiovascular Conference
  • March, 2011 – Conversations on Attachment Conference, EMU
  • April, 2010 – Pi Mu Professional Development Day for Nurses, Harrisonburg, VA
  • Oct., 2009 – 40th Biennial Convention of Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honors Society, Indianapolis, IN
  • March, 2009 – Genetics and Genomic Nursing Competencies, University of Virginia School of Nursing
  • March, 2009 – Nurses’ Professional Development Day, “Clinical Nurse Scholar at the Bedside”, James Madison University

EMU Service

  • Faculty Senator – 2015-present
  • New Faculty mentor – 2015-2016
  • Co-chair Academic Freedom Task Force – 2015-2016
  • Member Fall Faculty/Staff Conference Planning Committee – 2014-present
  • Member of Search Committee for Associate Campus Pastor, Spring/Summer 2010
  • Member of EMU Writing Committee, 2009-2011
  • Basic First Aid presented August 25, 2010, for the EMU Community Assistants
  • Assisted with orientation of new nursing faculty, 2010-2011
  • Chair of Simulation Committee in the nursing department, 2010-2011