Nursing expert Marianne Jeffreys to speak April 10

Health care expert Marianne R. Jeffreys will discuss the theoretical and practical implications of cultural competency in nursing during a presentation from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, April 10, in the A.K. Hinds University Center theater. The event is free and open to the public.

Jeffreys earned her master’s degree and doctorate in nursing education from Teachers College at Columbia University. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh. She is a professor of nursing at the City University of New York College of Staten Island. Her awards include the Leininger Award for Excellence in Transcultural Nursing and an award for scholarship and research from Columbia University’s Teacher College.

“As the population becomes increasingly diverse, it is critical that health care professionals recognize cultural issues and communicate in a manner that establishes meaningful interactions and promotes optimal health regardless of individual differences,” said event organizer Karen Y. Lunnen, associate professor and head of WCU’s department of physical therapy.

During her visit, Jeffreys also will present to social work and physical therapy students and hold a faculty workshop.

For more information about Jeffreys’ visit to WCU, contact Lunnen at (828) 227-2191 or