Marianne R. Jeffreys, EdD, RN


The City University of New York (CUNY) College of Staten Island
School of Health Sciences
Nursing Department
2800 Victory Boulevard
Staten Island, New York, 10314

CUNY Graduate College
PhD in Nursing Program
365 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York, 10016.

Phone: 718-982-3825
E-mail: and

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Dr. Marianne R. Jeffreys, EdD, RN, received the Leininger Award for Excellence in Transcultural Nursing (2003) and in 2007 was inducted as a Transcultural Nursing Scholar and was named Consultant of the Month (December) by the National Center for Cultural Competence. Her grant-funded quantitative research, consultations, publications, and professional presentations encompass the topics of cultural competence, multiple heritage (multiracial and multiethnic) individuals, nontraditional students, student retention and achievement, self-efficacy, teaching, curriculum, and psychometrics. Her career includes over 25-years of teaching in associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate programs, with consultations on all types of degree programs nationwide, and as a registered nurse in various clinical settings (mostly in adult health). The first edition of her book Teaching Cultural Competence in Nursing and Health Care: Inquiry, Action, and Innovation received the AJN Book of the Year Award. She is also author of Nursing Student Retention: Understanding the Process and Making a Difference, and numerous articles, book chapters, and videos. Her conceptual models and questionnaires have been requested worldwide and in various disciplines.

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Select Publications:


Jeffreys, M. R. (2016). Teaching Cultural Competence in Nursing and Health Care: Inquiry, Action, and Innovation (3rd Edition). New York: Springer.

Book Chapter

Jeffreys, M. R. (2018). Case study: A multiracial man seeks care in the emergency department. (In: Douglas, M. K., Pacquiao, D., & Purnell, L.D. Ed). Global Applications of Culturally Competent Health Care: Guidelines for Practice, Switzerland: Springer International Publishing AG, 89-93.

Journal Articles

Jeffreys, M. R. (2019). Evidence-based updates and universal utility of Jeffreys’ cultural competence and confidence framework for nursing education (and beyond) through TIME. Annual Review of Nursing Research, 37, 39-113.

Jeffreys, M. R. & Zoucha, R. (2018). Cultural congruence in the workplace, health care, and academic settings for multiracial and multiheritage individuals. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 25(4), 113-126.

Digital Toolkit

Jeffreys, M. R. (2016). Cultural Competence Education Resource Toolkit (3rd Edition). New York: Springer.

Present/Future Directions 

All health professionals need to actively engage in the ongoing process of developing optimal cultural competence in self and others with a desired outcome goal of achieving cultural congruence in clinical, research, education, and workplace (CREW) settings. Understanding the multidimensional process, participating in formalized transcultural education, collaborating with interprofessional and interdisciplinary colleagues locally and worldwide, and disseminating best practices using valid measures and a connecting framework are priorities, challenges, and future directions. Today, diversity is a big challenge facing nursing, specifically the extremes of diversity. For example, there is too much diversity in: types and quality of nursing programs; faculty preparation as educators; research rigor; legislation and policies concerning advanced practice roles; and publication standards. Under-represented groups in nursing (too little diversity) continue to be disproportional to population demographics nationally and globally. These individual and combined factors adversely impact the quality, depth, breadth, and advancement of nursing practice, theory, research, and education, thereby complicating the elimination of health disparities and health care disparities.