Hartwick’s O’Connor Chair Lecture to Feature Zoucha

September 13, 2013Dr. Rick Zoucha

The Hartwick College Department of Nursing will soon host Dr. Rick Zoucha, professor of nursing at the Duquesne University School of Nursing, as he presents on the topic of "Intercultural Communication." This evening lecture, which is free and open to the public, will serve as the fall 2013 installment of the Lindsay and Olive B. O'Connor Chair of Nursing Lecture Series.

The event will take place on Wednesday, October 23 from 7:30 - 9 p.m. in the Anderson Center for the Arts Theatre on the Hartwick College campus. The lecture will provide 1.5 contact hours for Nursing professionals, who can receive this credit by speaking with Donna Decker, Coordinator of Nursing Opportunities.

The focus of this presentation will be on understanding the role of the nurse in promoting culturally-competent care in the context of the US health care system and multicultural society.  Cultural competence includes learning from patients, families and communities about care, health and well-being. This process includes using communication that allows the nurse to skillfully assess and care for people from of a variety of cultures in a manner that is congruent with their culture.

Zoucha has taught Transcultural Nursing in the BSN, post master's, DNP and Ph.D. programs for the last 17 years. At Duquesne University, 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, and 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.

Zoucha is a Certified Transcultural Nurse-Advanced. He was inducted as a Transcultural Nursing Scholar in 2004. Dr. Zoucha 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.

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.

For more information regarding the event and/or information regarding credit for contact hours, contact Decker at 607-431-4790 or

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