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Don Tyson


POSITION: Director

DEPARTMENT: Nursing Dept

POSITION: Professor

LOCATION: Main Campus, Harrisonburg | CC 334

PHONE: (540) 432-4194

EMAIL: tysond@emu.edu

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 serves as the 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.


BS, Goshen College
MSN, University of Virgina
PHD, George Mason University

Scholarly Presentations and Abstracts

The Impact of the Values Based Leadership Project on MHS-affiliated Executive’s Leadership Styles and Organizational Success Qualitative research study in process examining leadership styles and life experiences of VBLP participants. Funded by Mennonite Health Services.

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, Harrisonburg, VA (April 2013) and to Epsilon Zeta STTI chapter in Fairfax, VA (April 2014).

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