Elizabeth A. Fitzgerald, EdD, APRN-CNS, PMHCNS-BC, CTN-B, CTEFL

Position:  Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing, The Ohio State University, and Co-Program Director, Columbus-Athens Schweitzer Fellows Program

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Dr. Fitzgerald demonstrates creativity in leading effort to advance transcultural nursing and healthcare in her local community, nationally and internationally. She serves as a co-leader of Education Abroad programs for health care students in Ethiopia and Nicaragua.  She also serves as a faculty affiliate for the Center of Latin American Studies (CLAS) at The Ohio State University, where she strives to internationalize the curriculum and foster multidisciplinary initiatives to increase the diversity of perspectives among colleges.  She is also a fellow in the American Association of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities.

Numerous examples of Dr. Fitzgerald’s research and scholarship exist in her publications and presentations at local, national, and international venues.

Certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Child and Adolescent Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing by the American Nurses Credentialing Center, Dr. Fitzgerald uses her Spanish language proficiency at the intermediate level to volunteer at La Clinica Latina, a free clinic that provides health care services to immigrants from Latin America who migrated to Central Ohio.

Languages spoken, read/write*


Select Publications:

Fitzgerald, E.M., & Campinha-Bacote, J. (2019).  “An intersectionality approach to the process of cultural competemility-Part II” OJIN:  The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, Vol. 24, No. 2. DOI:  10.3912/OJIN.Vol24No02PPT20

Strait, L.A, Fitzgerald, E., Zurmehly, J., & Overcash, J. (2019 Jul/Sep).  Transition of care from hospital to home: Faith community nurses fill the gap: A program evaluation.  Journal of Christian Nursing, 36 (3):  158-165.  Doi:  10.1097/CNJ.0000000000000625.

Fitzgerald, E.A., Marzalik, P., & Kue, J.  (2018 Dec 1). Assessing intercultural development pre and post education abroad. Journal of Nursing Education, 57(12):  747-750.  doi: 10.3928/01484834-20181119-08.PMID:  30512112

Fitzgerald, E.M., Myers, J. G, & Clark, P.  (December 1, 2016). Nurses Need Not Be Guilty Bystanders: Caring for Vulnerable Immigrant Populations.  The Online Journal of Issues in Nursing, 22(1).  DOI: 10.3912/OJIN.Vol22No01PPT43

Fitzgerald, EM, Cronin, S., & Hess Bocella, S.  (2016). Anguish, yearning, and identity:  Towards a better understanding of the Latina pregnant woman’s prenatal experience.  Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 27(5), 464-470. DOI: 10.1177/1043659615578718. First published date: April-02-2015.

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