Cathy Rittenhouse

Cathy Rittenhouse

Office Phone: (540) 432-4188

Cell Phone: (540) 246-5393


Main Campus, Harrisonburg

Office Location: CC 327

Associate Professor

Nursing Dept

Nurse Practitioner

Health Services

“I am passionate about and love to teach students to become nurses who are prepared to function safely and provide quality care in a demanding and ever-changing health care environment. I choose to teach at EMU because I believe nurses who graduate from EMU are equipped to practice holistically by forming a partnership with their patients and acting as servant leaders. The University mission and philosophy to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly with God is crucial in my approach to teaching as I believe that faith is demonstrated in action.”


B.S., Eastern Mennonite College
M.S.N., University of Pennsylvania
National Certification in Women’s Health Care

Other Presentations

Update on Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome, Shenandoah Region Nurse Practitioners, Harrisonburg, VA April 23, 2015
Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Eastern Mennonite University, December 2012
“Use of Simulation in Critical Care”, Virginia Area Simulation Association, November, 2012
Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Eastern Mennonite University, April 2012
Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Eastern Mennonite University, December, 2011
“Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome”, Virginia Council of Nurse Practioners Regional Conference, Waynesboro, VA May 13, 2011
“Labs, Pieces of the Diagnostic Puzzle”, Rockingham Memorial Hospital, Harrisonburg, VA December 21, 2010
Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Eastern Mennonite University, December 7, 2010
Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Eastern Mennonite University, May 1, 2010
Real World Program, Eastern Mennonite University: “Women’s Health Hot Topics”, November 10, 2009
Nursing Pinning Ceremony, Eastern Mennonite University, April 28, 2009
Health Benefits of Exercise – presented to New Beginnings Fall Meeting, Marion ,VA 10/05/07

Church, Community and Professional Service

Virginia Action Coalition for Education Progression in Nursing, 2011-present
National League for Nursing Faculty Ambassador, 2010 – 2014
NCSBN NCLEX Item Developer, 2010-present
Secretary, Shenandoah Chapter VCNP, 2010-2015
Nurse Practitioner volunteer at Harrisonburg/Rockingham Free Clinic for GYN Clinic once per month, 1996 – present
Eastern Mennonite University Health Center, 2009 – present

Certifications and Licenses

RN 0001150311
Nurse Practitioner – OB/GYN 0024150311
Authorization to Prescribe 0017001224
National Certification as a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner ERN1-0426-9164

Professional Memberships

Virginia Council of Nurse Practitioners – #1850
Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, XI chapter
American Nurses Association
Virginia Nurses Association

Professional Conferences Attended

Investigation of Sex Crimes Training, Charlottesville, VA, 6/15
NCSBN NCLEX Conference, Charlotte, NC, 9/14
Cardiovascular Conference, 4/12/14, Winchester, VA
Women’s Health Concerns, 1/26/14, Charlottesville, VA
NCSBN NCLEX Conference, Boston, MA September 2012
NLN Leadership Conference, 6/11, Baltimore, MD
Shenandoah Region Nurse Practitioner Conference, 5/13/2011, Waynesboro, VA
Cardiovascular Conference, 4/16/2011, Winchester, VA
Critical Care Conference, 10/15/2010, Winchester, VA National League for Nurses Annual Convention, 09/23-26/2009, Philadelphia, PA
Gestational Diabetes, 10/20/2009, Charlottesville, VA
Cardiovascular Conference, 04/17/2010, Winchester, VA
Shenandoah Region Nurse Practitioner Conference, 05/14/2010, Harrisonburg, VA
Virginia Organization of Nurse Executives, Fall Conference 10/2008
Pi Mu Professional Development Day, 3/30/2009
Pi Mu Professional Day 4/17/08

New Courses Taught

Testing Success Workshop for new Level 1 nursing students, 2015-16

EMU Service

Title IX Steering Committee – committee member 2017
Chairperson URB for Title IX hearings, 2015-present
Faculty Senate Secretary 8/2013-5/2017
EMU URB Member for 3 hearings, serving as Chair for 2, 2014-2015
Chair, Search Committee for Social Work Director Position, 2013-2014
Undergraduate Dean Search Committee, 2012 – 2013
Creation Care Council, 2011-2014
Faculty Senate and Faculty Senate Academics Committee, 2011-2012
Acting Nursing Dept. Chair, 3/2011-4/2011
Chairperson, Search Committee for Nursing Dept Chair Position, 2010, 2011
Service on EMU ADCP Admissions Review Committee 2008-2016
Faculty adviser to EMU SNA (Student Nurses Association) 2008-2016
Nursing Student Affairs Committee, Eastern Mennonite University, 2008 – present