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Larry Purnell/Batty Paulanka

PURNELL, Larry

Larry Dale Tazan Purnell, a Distinguished Lecturer for Sigma Theta Tau International a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and heads the Master's Program in Nursing and Health Services Administration. He teaches transcultural health care across several departments. Larry is also on the faculty at the University of Panama, Republic of Panama and Middlesex University, London, England. In addition to being an educator, he is also a nurse theroist, researcher, and consultant. He has written over 50 articles, more than 50 book chapters, and eight books, two of which are written in Spanish. His book, "Transcultural Health Care: A Culturally Competent Approach", based on the Purnell Model for Cultural Competence, had been translated into Flemish, French, Korean, and Spanish. This book won the prestigious Brandon Hill Book Award in 1998 and 1999.

His research, "Hispanic Health Beliefs and the Meaning of Respect Afforded them by Healthcare Providers", includes participants from all countries in Central America and Mexico and their cohort groups in the United States. This work is being funded by the United States-Aid for International Development, the Kellogg Foundation, and the State of Delaware.

Larry is on the board of the Transcultural Nursing Society, Global Society for Nursing and Health, and Delaware/Panama Partners of the Americas. His research and program grants total over $400,000. He has made numerous presentations in the United States, Australia, China, Hong Kong, Spain, Panama, Belize, and Great Britain.

Eucational Preparation

1981 Columbia Pacific University, Mill Valley, California. Health Services Administration
1977 Rush University, Chicago, Illinois. Cardiovascular Clinical Nurse Specialist
1973 Kent State University, Kent, Ohio. Bachelor of Science in Nursing
1969 Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio. Associate Degree in Nursing
 

PAULANKA, Betty J.

Betty J. Paulanka, chairperson of the Department of Nursing Science at the University of Delaware since 1987, has been named dean
of the University's College of Nursing, effective Jan. 16. 
     Paulanka succeeds Edith H. Anderson, who has retired after more than 14 years as dean.
     Long interested in the use of technology in nursing education, Paulanka implemented the University's innovative FOCUS program, a
statewide and regional program that allows nurses to use videotaped classes to complete nursing courses at their places of work.
     She is the third dean in the college's 25-year history.
     After earning a diploma in nursing from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Paulanka received her
bachelor of science degree in nursing from Neumann College in 1976 and her master's degree in psychiatric nursing the following year from the University of Pennsylvania. She completed a doctoral degree in adult education in 1984 at Temple University.
     Before joining the University as an instructor in 1977, Paulanka was a staff nurse at both the Wilmington Medical Center and
Crozer-Chester Medical Center, and she was a psychiatric nurse at the University of Pennsylvania's Family Maintenance Organization and the West Philadelphia Mental Health Consortium.
     Promoted to assistant professor in 1981 and associate professor in 1987, Paulanka has served on several University committees,
including the Committee on Undergraduate Studies, the Academic Appeals Committee and the Project Vision Task Force on Medical Education, as well as on several college and department committees. 

     In addition to computer-assisted instruction, her research interests include the health needs of homeless, childbearing women and
nursing interventions for the memory-impaired. 
     The author of several articles in professional journals, Paulanka has presented numerous papers and workshops on such topics as stress management and computers in nursing instruction. Currently, she is working on a book entitled "Fluids and Electrolytes: Clinical
Implications."    Chairperson of the Division of Nursing Education, Delaware Nurses Association, Paulanka is also a member of the American Nurses Association, the National League for Nursing, the Pennsylvania League for Nursing, Nursing Education's Link to the Aged Advisory Board and the Delaware Valley Nursing Computer Network Advisory Board.
     She is a member of the Omicron Tau Delta, Sigma Xi and Sigma Theta Tau honor societies.

Cuidados de Saúde Transculturais: Uma Abordagem Culturalmente Competente

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