Office Phone: (540) 432-4194
Main Campus, Harrisonburg
Office Location: CC 334
Office Hours: 8:30am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday,
Don Tyson has been teaching in the Nursing Department at the undergraduate and graduate levels at EMU since August 1999. In addition to teaching, he currently serves as the Co-Director of the MSN program. During the summer, as well as on weekends throughout the school year, he works at Sentara – Rockingham Memorial Healthcare in the Post-Anesthesia Care Unit on a prn basis. He has previous experience in a variety of clinical and administrative nursing roles related to critical care, post-anesthesia care, and quality improvement. He graduated from Goshen College in 1979 and from the University of Virginia in 1986. In April of 2012 he received his PhD in Nursing from George Mason University based on his qualitative research examining the critical thinking characteristics of African students enrolled in nursing programs in the United States. While a student at George Mason, his research focused on issues related to the uninsured and undocumented immigrants as well as critical thinking, learning style, and other issues experienced by international nursing students. He enjoys singing in the local Shenandoah Valley Choral Society, baseball, gardening, biking, and camping.
*PhD in Nursing, George Mason University, May 2012
*M.S.N. University of Virginia, 1985
*B.S., Goshen College, 1979
The Experience of African Students Studying Nursing in the United States in Relation to Their Use of Critical Thinking Report of PhD dissertation research at Pi Mu STTI Scholarship Conference, April 2013.
Ethical Issues for Nurse Managers March 1, 2012. Presented at Mennonite Health Assembly, Louisville, KY. As part of Nurse Manager track at conference.
Webquests as a Means for Developing Health
Care Policy Decisions June 1, 2009. Presented at the 17th annual Washington Health Policy Institute, sponsored by George Mason University.
Ethical Perspectives Related to Providing Healthcare to Undocumented Immigrants March 2009. Presented at Mennonite Health Assembly, Cleveland, OH.
Investigating Perceptions of Needs and Assets Relative to Healthcare Access in Prince William County. February 2008 to Northern Virginia Healthcare Safety Net, Fairfax VA & April 2008 to Pi Mu Scholarship Conference, Harrisonburg, VA
Cultural ways of knowing influencing research and health care in the African Experience April 2006. Presentation at Pi MU, Sigma Theta Tau scholarship conference. Harrisonburg, VA
Member, Mennonite Health Assembly Planning Committee. March 2008 to present. Served as Moderator to the MHA conference in March 2010 in Norfolk, VA.
Chairperson, Strategic Planning Committee, Lindale Mennonite Church. Led the development of new vision statements and strategic plan as well as annual evaluation 2004 to present.
Contact person for Augusta Advocacy Chapter of Virginia Nurses Association. Sept 2010 to present.
Co-Chairperson, Building Committee for the lower level of Lindale Mennonite Church in order to house Eastern Mennonite Elementary school. Feb to August 2005.
Chairperson, Council of Ministries, Lindale Mennonite Church, Sept 2003 to Sept 2005.
Research Grant from Epsilon Zeta chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International May 2011. To research the experience of African students using critical thinking while studying nursing in the U.S.
Founders Award for Scholarship in Evidence-Based Practice. April 2008. Awarded by Pi Mu Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, Harrisonburg, VA for research related to the uninsured in Prince William County VA.
Epsilon Zeta Chapter Inducted into the George Mason University chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International nursing honor society.
VA Doctoral Loan Repayment Program. May 2007. Received $25,000 loan/scholarship for funding PhD course work through State Council for Higher Education in Virginia for use during academic year 2007-2008 at George Mason University.
*Licensed as an RN in the state of Virginia
*Advanced Cardiac Life Support through the American Heart Association. January 2012
American Nurses Association
Virginia Nurses Association Contact person for Augusta Advocacy Chapter of VNA
Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship
Sigma Theta Tau International Inducted April 2008
Graduate Leadership Task Force Member Fall 2012 to present.
Cross Cultural Committee Member Fall 2012 to present.
Tuesday Luncheon March 2013 The Experience of African Students Studying Nursing in the United States in Relation to Their Use of Critical Thinking Report of PhD dissertation research.
Cross Cultural to Zambia May 2012. Co-led with Dr. Wanda Thuma McDermond from Messiah College in Pennsylvania. Cross-cultural was a joint effort between EMU and Messiah.
Writing Committee Member of EMU committee. Fall 2011 to present.
EMU Faculty Senate Served as senator September 2008 to January 2010.
Strategic plan for Nursing.Developed a strategic plan for the Nursing Department, Fall 2006 as part of course work for GMU.
Hurricane Katrina relief. Led group of Nursing students to Mississippi, September 2005, for 2 weeks to work with the American Red Cross in relief efforts after Hurricane Katrina.
Crosscultural.Co-led cross cultural group to Kenya and Zimbabwe, Summer 2003 with Krista Martin.