Arlene Wiens

Arlene Wiens

Cell Phone: (540) 746-4569


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: CC 329

Office Hours: By Appointment

“My mission is to teach nursing in such a way that graduates will have the capacity to develop a personal art in nursing that is based on an excellent knowledge base, their own personal resources, a sense of the sacred in moments and places and a profound sense of respect for all people.”

In addition to teaching at EMU, Arlene served on several state wide nursing committees. Her clinical experiences were in rehabilitation, psychiatric, critical care, step-down units and nursing management. Research interests include educational mobility for RNs, transition into practice and historical analysis of nursing supply and demand. She also enjoys biking, reading and landscaping.


Diploma Reading Hospital School of Nursing
B.S., Albright College
M.S.N., University of Pennsylvania
A.N.A. Certification as Nurse Practitioner in Adult Health
Ph.D., University of Virginia


Wiens, AG. (2003 Fall). Can we reverse the nursing shortage? Daily News Record Editorial Page. (Invited)
Wiens, AG. (2003 January-March). Can we reverse the nursing shortage? Mennonite Health Journal, 5(1), 29. (Invited)
Wiens, A.G. (2005). Biotechnology through a nursing ethics lens. In Miller, R.J., Brubaker, B.H. & Peterson, J.C. Viewing new creations with Anabaptist eyes. Telford, PA: Cascadia Publishing.

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

(2003). Sharing the Journey: Power Issues in the Nurse Patient Walk. Presented at Pi Mu Scholarship Day at James Madison University.
(2004). Status of nursing in the Shenandoah Valley. Presented to the Retired Physicians Group at Rockingham Memorial Hospital. (Invited)
(2005) Vietenthal, P. & Wiens, A.G. Educational mobility (research). Pi Mu Research Day, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA
(2005). EMU Nursing- A Place in History. Alumni Nursing at Eastern Mennonite University.
(2005) Challenges in education: Developing a nursing conceptual framework consistent with the mission of a Christian u. (With Ann Hershberger). University of Virginia, Doctoral Alumni Scholarship Day, University of Virginia
(2006) Nursing supply and demand: Who is the puppeteer? EMU Faculty Luncheon.
(2006) Health care issues from a nursing perspective. Faith and Issues Class at Parkview Mennonite Church.

Church, Community and Professional Service

Virginia Nurses Association/American Nurses Association. -2002-2003 Interim President, District 9
-2006-2008. Vice President, Legislative Chair
2008-11 Legislative Chair
2006-08 Pi Mu Chapter at Large STTI, Acting Finance Chair
2009-2011 Nurses PAC
2008-2011 Healthy Community Council Assessment Committee
2010-11 Parkview Initiative, President
2009-2011 Parkview Initiative (President, 2011)

Honors, Awards and Grants

1996 Nurse of the Year District 9 if Virginia Nurses Association (VNA)
1999 Recognized by VNA is one of 99 Outstanding Nurses in Virginia
2006 – Grant from the Schowalter Foundation, Inc. to begin Parish Nursing course.
2004 – Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Grant for Nursing Education and Medical Technology.

Professional Memberships

1984-2011 American Nurses Association
1986-2011 Virginia Nurses’ Association
1984—2011 Sigma Theta Taa International Pi Mu Chapter
1994-2010. Shenandoah Nurse Practitioners
1998-2011. Virginia Nurses’ Legislative Coalition

Professional Conferences Attended

2009 Fall Semiannual Meeting of American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington D.C.
2009 Annual Roundtable on Nursing Education, Practice and Policy
9/ 2010 VNA Delegate Assembly, Richmond, VA
2010 Attachment Conference, Eastern Mennonite University, Harrisonburg, VA
2008 & 2011 Spring Annual Meetings of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Washington D.C.
2010 MNA/MMA Annual Convention, Williamsburg, VA
2011 Pi Mu Chapter at Large: Sigma Theta Tau Conference, Harrisonburg, VA

EMU Service

2008-09 Faculty Status Committee
2008-09 Wrote proposal for the MSN in nursing with Ann Hershberger.
2009-Applied for a grant for MSN
2009-Served as a preceptor for a nursing graduate student
1999-2011 Undergraduate Council