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Rick Zoucha, PhD, APRN-BC, CTN-A

Professor/Chair of Advanced Role and PhD Program
School of Nursing
Nursing

Fisher Hall 526
Phone: 412.396.6545

Education:

PhD, Nursing, Rush University, 1997
MS, Nursing, Texas Womans' University, 1987
BSN, Nursing, University of the Incarnate Word, 1984
AAS, Nursing, Southern Illinois University, 1982
LVN, Nursing, St. Joseph Hospital School of Vocational Nursing, 1980
Bio

Dr. Rick Zoucha is a professor at Duquesne University School of Nursing and has a special interest in Transcultural and Global Nursing as well as Psychosocial Nursing. Dr. Zoucha has taught Transcultural Nursing in the BSN, Post-Master's, DNP and PhD programs for the last 16 years. Dr. Zoucha teaches qualitative research methods in nursing in the PhD program and taught one of the first online courses in the program starting in 1997. Historically, he coordinated the MSN and Post-Master's Certificate (PMC) in Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, and the PMC in Transcultural Nursing.

Dr. Zoucha started his nursing career as a Licensed Vocational Nurse in 1980.  He continued his education in nursing and received a AAS in 1982 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Il, a BSN from the University of Incarnate Word in San Antonio, TX in 1984, MS in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing in 1987 from Texas Woman's University in Dallas, TX and his PhD in Community Mental Health Nursing with a Transcultural Nursing focus from Rush University in Chicago in 1997.  In addition, Dr. Zoucha is certified as an Advanced Practice Adult Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse, Clinical Nurse Specialist (Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist -Board Certified) by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Dr. Zoucha has published and presented widely in peer-reviewed journals, book chapters, international, national, regional and local venues. His research interests include using qualitative methods such as ethnonursing, ethnography, phenomenology in understanding various phenomena related to health and well being in the Nicaraguan, Mexican American, African American and African refugee and immigrant communities. He has served as PhD dissertation chair for studies seeking to understand cultural care phenomena related to people of the Puerto Rican, Taiwanese, Mexican American, African American, Peruvian, Dominican, Appalachian, and homeless cultures globally. Dr. Zoucha is a Certified Transcultural Nurse-Advanced. He was inducted as a Transcultural Nursing Scholar in 2004. Dr. Zoucha was bestowed the Leininger Award in 1998. In addition, he served on the Board of Trustees for the Transcultural Nursing Society as Vice President, President-elect, President and Past-president between 1998 and 2003. Dr. Zoucha has been invited to speak at national and international conferences as well as Visiting Professor/Scholar in Puerto Rico, Spain, New Jersey, Taiwan, Australia and North Dakota regarding issues of cultural care.

Research

Grants

(Funded) PI: Turk, M., Co-PI: Zoucha, R., Fapohunda, A., Exploring African Immigrants' Perceptions and Practices Around Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Through Photovoice. Duquesne University Faculty Development Fund Grant $10,000.Funded 2013-2014.

(Funded). Salman. K., Zoucha, R., & Nawafleh, H. Understanding the Values and Beliefs Related to Breast Cancer, Early Detection, and Mammography Screening in Women Living in Ma'an City-Jordan ( Collaborative research funded by Duquesne University School of Nursing/ Faculty Development Fund in 2012, ($5000) and Princess Aisha Bint Al-Hussien College of Nursing/Al-Hussein Bin Talal University approximately $4000.00 for Housing and transportation Grant. Total $9000.00

Competitive Faculty Development Grants for Presentations on Multicultural College Teaching and Learning. Connecting the Philosophy and Values of a Professional Doctoral Program to that of a Global Perspective for Students, 2nd International Conference on Professional Doctorates, UK Council of Graduate Education and Middlesex University. Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. $700.00

Zoucha, R., Weideman, Y., Colbert, A., Turk, M., Assessing Transcultural Self-Efficacy in Graduate Nursing Students, $200.00 School of Nursing Summer 2011-2012.

Principal Investigator: Zoucha, R. Co-investigators: Colbert, A., Sekula, K., Walters, C. Exploring Safe Sleep and SIDS Risk Perception in a High-Risk Community. $4000.00 Sponsored by SIDS of PA and the Birmingham Foundation April 2011-March 2012.

Principal Investigator : Zoucha, R. Co-investigators: Mayle, K., Smith, S. Promoting Health and health Care Access in the African Refugee and Immigrant Community:  A Participatory Action Research Study.  $58,045.50 funded from the Commonwealth Universal Research Enhancement (C.U.R.E.) program from the Pennsylvania Department of Health, January 1 2011 to January 1, 2013      

Principal Investigator:  Zoucha, R., Smith Glacow, M.E., The Experiences of Doctor of Nursing Practice Graduates in their Current Professional Positions: A Phenomenology. $1000.00 Supported by the Duquesne University and Drexel University Schools of Nursing, May 1, 2010.

Co-investigator:  Turk, M., Zoucha, R. Burke, L., Exploring the Correlates and Experiences of Weight Loss Maintenance. $5000.00, May, 1, 2010, School of Nursing Faculty Research Grant.

Principal Investigator: Zoucha, R., Cunningham, L. Understanding the meaning of mental health and illness in an urban Nicaraguan community:  An Ethnography.  $5000.00 May 30, 2008, American Psychiatric Nursing Foundation.

Principal Investigator: Understanding the meaning of Confianza (Confidence) in the context of health for Mexicans in an Urban Community: A Focused Ethnography, $4940.00, December 16, 2007, The School of Nursing Faculty Research Grant.

Colbert, A., Cohen, S., Zoucha, R. (Co-investigator) Healthcare Need and Barriers for Women Immediately Post-Incarceration $4978, December 16, 2007, The School of Nursing Faculty Research Grant

Nickerson, C., Colbert, A., Zoucha, R., (Co-Investigator), Robbins, M., Underwood, L., Daily Spiritual Experiences: Characteristics and Significance to Young Adult Women with Experiences of Intimate Partner Violence, $5000.00, December 16, 2007, The School of Nursing Faculty Research Grant

Scholarship

Published Refereed Articles - Last 5 years
Montenery, S., Jones, A., Perry, N., Ross, D., Zoucha, R., (2014). Cultural competence in nursing faculty: A journey, not a destination. Journal of Professional Nursing in March/April 2014

Colbert, A.M., Sekula, L.K., Zoucha, R., Cohen, S.M., (2013). Health care needs of women immediately post -incarceration: A Mixed Methods Study. Public Health Nursing (Published on line March 5, 2013)

Zoucha, R., Colbert, A., (2013) Book Review: Mass Trauma and Emotional Healing Around the World: Rituals and Practices for Resilience and Meaning-Making by Kalayjian & Eugene, Journal of Transcultural Nursing 24, 1.

Easterby, L.M., Seibert, B., Woodfield, C.J., Holloway, K., Gilbert, P., Zoucha, R., & Turk, M.W. (2012), ABNF Journal A transcultural immersion experience: Implications for nursing education. 23 (4): 81-4.

Sekula, L. K., Colbert, A. M., Zoucha, R., Amar, A. F., Williams, J. (2010). Strengthening the Science of Forensic Nursing through Education and Research. Journal of Forensic Nursing 8(1), 1-2

Zoucha, R., Mayle, K., & Colizza, D. (2011). The bridging of transcultural response in health care and service learning courses in a community based baccalaureate nursing curriculum: A natural connection. Online Journal of Cultural Competence in Nursing and Healthcare, 1(4), 1-10.

Zoucha, R., (2010) Locke's Model of Multicultural Understanding. In Core Curriculum for Transcultural Nursing and Health Care, eds. Douglas, M.K., Pacquiao, D. F. Journal of Transcultural Nursing and Health Care, 21(Supplement 1)

Colbert, A., Zoucha, R. (2010) Disaster assistance: Culturally congruent care of victims of natural disaster. In Core Curriculum for Transcultural Nursing and Health Care, eds. Douglas, M.K., Pacquiao, D. F. Journal of Transcultural Nursing and Health Care, 21(Supplement 1), 268S-272S.

Vogler, J., Altmann, T., Zoucha, R., (2010) Native Hawaiian Attitudes of Culturally Sensitive Healthcare Provider Traits and Behaviors. Journal of Cultural Diversity, 17, 3, 90-99.

Salman, K., Zoucha, R., (2010) Considering Faith Within Culture When Caring for the Terminally Ill Muslim Patient and Family, Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing, 12, 3, 156-163.

Biddle, V. S., Sekula, L. K., Zoucha, R., Puskar, K. R., (2010).  Identification of Suicide Risk Among Rural Youth: Implications for the Use of HEADSS, Journal of Pediatric Health Care. 24, 3, 152-167.

Zoucha, R., Broom, B. (2008).  The significance of culture in nursing:  Examples from the Mexican American culture and knowing the unknown. Urologic Nursing, 28, 3, 140-142.

Zoucha, R., (2008). Book Review: Culture Care Diversity and Universality: A Worldwide Nursing Theory, Special Issue of Contemporary Advances in TCN, 2e,  in Contemporary Nurse Journal, Vol 28, 1-2. Australia.

Book Chapters - Last 5 years

Zoucha, R., Gregg, K., (2013). Cultural Implications for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. In M. B. Halter, E. Varcarolis, and (Eds.) Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing: A Clinical Approach, (7th ed.) (In press) Elsevier: St. Louis.

Zoucha, R., (2013). Health and Health Care in Mexico. In Carol Holtz (2nd. Ed).Global Health Care: Issues and Policies. Jones and Bartlett.

Zoucha, R., Zamarripa, C. (2013). People of Mexican Heritage. In Larry D. Purnell & Betty J. Paulanka (4th ed.). Transcultural Health Care: A Culturally Competent Approach. FA Davis.

Zoucha, R., Zamarripa, C. (2012). People of Mexican Heritage.  In Larry D. Purnell & Betty J. Paulanka (4th ed.). Transcultural Health Care: A Culturally Competent Approach. FA Davis.

Zoucha, R. D., (2012). The Utility of Leininger's Culture Care Theory with Vulnerable Populations. In M. de Chesnay (3rd ed.) Caring for the Vulnerable: Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Practice, and Research, Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury:  MA.

Smith Glasgow, M.E.,  Zoucha, R., (2010). Role Strain in the Doctorally Prepared Advanced Practice Nurse. In M. Dreher & M.E. Smith Glasgow, Role Development for Doctoral Advanced Nursing Practice, Springer. Awarded the American Journal of Nursing 2011 Book of the Year 

Zoucha, R., Narayan Curry, M., (2010).  Cultural Implications for Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing. In Elizabeth M. Varcarolis & Margaret Jordan Halter, (6th ed.) Foundations of Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing, - A Clinical Approach. Saunders

Zoucha, R., Zamarripa, C. (2008). People of Mexican Heritage. (pp. 309-324) In Larry D. Purnell & Betty J. Paulanka (3nd ed.). Transcultural Health Care: A Culturally Competent Approach. FA Davis.

Zoucha, R. D., (2008). The Utility of Leininger's Culture Care Theory with Vulnerable Populations, pp.135-140. In M. de Chesnay (2nd ed.) Caring for the Vulnerable: Perspectives in Nursing Theory, Practice, and Research, Jones and Bartlett, Sudbury:  MA.

Presentations:  Peer Reviewed - Last 3 years

(International) Zoucha, R., Walters, C., Colbert, A., Oral Presentation: Exploring Safe Sleep and SIDS Risk Perception in an African American Community: A Focused Ethnography at the 2013 Qualitative Health Research (QHR) Conference, Halifax, Canada October 26-28, 2013.

(National) Carlins, E., Colbert, A., Smith, E., Walters, C., Zoucha, R. Oral Presentation: Plenary Session Safe Sleep for Babies in South Pittsburgh Communities: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Reducing Infant Sleep-Related Deaths at the Cribs for Kids Conference William Penn Omni Hotel, Pittsburgh, PA, June 26-28, 2013.

(National) Sekula, KL., Zoucha, R., Goodfellow, L., Oral Presentation: Creating a Center for Nursing Research to Support DNP and PhD Collaboration at the 2013 Doctoral Education Conference, Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego, CA, January 25, 2013.

(International) Sekula, K., Colbert, A., Zoucha, R., Amar, A., Williams, J., Oral presentation: Strengthening the Science of Forensic Nursing through Education and Research at the 19th Annual IAFN Scientific Assembly: Forensic Nursing in the 21st Century,
October 19-22, 2011, Hyatt Regency Hotel, 
Montreal, Quebec, Canada  

(National) Zoucha, R. Oral presentation: Understanding Confianza in the Context of Health for Mexicans in an Urban Community and Implications for Care: A Focused Ethnography at The Second Annual Rita M. McGinley Symposium Exploring Social Justice for Vulnerable Populations:  The Face of the Immigrant at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA on September 29 and 30, 2011.

(International)  Glasgow Smith, M.E., Zoucha, R., Poster (with short introduction): The Experiences of Professional Doctorate (Doctor of Nursing Practice) Graduates in their Current Professional Position in the United States: A Phenomenology. UK Council for Graduate Education 2nd International Conference on Professional Doctorates April 20-21, 2011, John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

(International) Zoucha, R., Oral Presentation: Connecting the Philosophy and Values of a Professional Doctoral Program to that of a Global Perspective for Students at the UK Council for Graduate Education 2nd International Conference on Professional Doctorates April 20-21, 2011, John McIntyre Conference Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK.

(National) Zoucha, R., Sekula, K., Goodfellow, L., Poster Presentation: Redesigning the PhD Curriculum for Future Nurse Scientists" at the American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2011 Doctoral Education Conference, January 26-29, 2011 at the Hotel Del Coronado, in San Diego, CA.

(International) Colbert, A., Panosky, D., Zoucha, R., Paper presentation: Forensic Nursing and High Risk Women Offenders: Opportunities for Innovation at the International Association of Forensic Nurses 18th Annual Scientific Assembly, October 27-30, 2010, William Penn Hotel Pittsburgh, PA

(International) Nickerson, C., Colbert, A., Zoucha, R., Paper presentation: Daily Spiritual Experiences and Perceived Quality of Life of Young Adult Women: Exploring the Impact of Intimate Partner Violence (A Pilot Study), at the International Association of Forensic Nurses 18th Annual Scientific Assembly, October 27-30, 2010, William Penn Hotel Pittsburgh, PA 

(International) Mayle, K., Zoucha, R., Smith, S., Paper presentation, Using TCN Theories, Models, and Approaches in Concert with the Synergy Model in Nursing Education. 36th Annual Conference of The Transcultural Nursing Society, October 20-23, 2010 Georgia Tech Conference Center and Hotel, Atlanta, Georgia. 

(International) Zoucha, R., Paper Presentation, Distance Faculty:  A look into the future of Nursing Education, the Third Jordanian Nursing Council International Nursing Conference: The Heart of the Matter: Relevance of Nursing Responsiveness, April 26-28, 2010, Le Meridien Hotel, Amman, Jordan.

(International) Zoucha, R., Poster Presentation, Creating a global innovative culture of sharing resources through technology in Nursing Education, Third Jordanian Nursing Council International Nursing Conference: The Heart of the Matter: Relevance of Nursing Responsiveness, April 26-28, 2010, Le Meridien Hotel, Amman, Jordan.

(Regional) Zoucha, R., Oral paper Presentation, The meaning of Confianza (Confidence) in the context of health for Mexicans in an Urban Community: A Focused Ethnography, Eastern Nursing Research Society, Celebrating Diversity in Nursing Science, March 24-26, 2010, Westin Providence Hotel, Providence, RI.

(Regional) Colbert, A., Sekula, K., Zoucha, R., Cohen, S. Oral Paper Presentation, Women's Health Needs Immediately Post-Incarceration: A Feasibility Study Eastern Nursing Research Society, Celebrating Diversity in Nursing Science, March 24-26, 2010, Westin Providence Hotel, Providence, RI.

(Regional) Nickerson, C., Colbert, A., Zoucha, R., Oral Paper Presentation, Daily Spiritual Experiences (DSEs) and Quality of Life of Young Adult Women: Exploring the Impact of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV), Eastern Nursing Research Society, Celebrating Diversity in Nursing Science, March 24-26, 2010, Westin Providence Hotel, Providence, RI.

  

(International) Zoucha, R., Oral Presentation:  Understanding the meaning of Confianza in the context of health for Mexicans in an Urban Community: A Focused Ethnography at the 35th Transcultural Nursing Society Conference  Resurgence and Resettlement: The Roles of Transcultural Nursing, Seattle, WA, October 14-17, 2009.

(International) Zoucha, R., Colbert, A., Sekula, K., Oral presentation: The role of transcultural nurses in prevention and response to mass disaster at the 24th International Council of Nurses Congress, Leading Change: Building Healthier Nations.  Durban, South Africa, June 27-July 4, 2009.

(International) Zoucha, R., (Accepted but not presented due to waiting list) Creating a global innovative environment to share resources through technology at the 24th International Council of Nurses Congress, Leading Change: Building Healthier Nations.  Durban, South Africa, June 27-July 4, 2009.

(Regional) Colbert, A., Sekula, K., Zoucha, R., Cohen, S. Poster Presentation, Healthcare Needs and History of Interpersonal Violence in Women Immediately Post-Incarceration, Eastern Nursing Research Society, Enhancing Health through Nursing Interventions, March 19-21, 2009 Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel,  Boston, MA. 

(International) Nickerson, C., Colbert, A., Zoucha, R., Submitted proposal for a podium presentation: Daily Spiritual Experiences (DSE): Exploring the Impact of Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) on Spirituality, Self-Care, and Quality of Life (QOL) at the STTI 40th Biennial Convention; Scientific Session.

(National) Nickerson, C., Colbert, A., Zoucha, R., (2008). Daily Spiritual Experiences and Perceived Quality of Life of Young Adult Women: Exploring the Impact of Intimate Partner Violence (A Pilot Study), Poster presentation, June 2008 at the First Annual Meeting of the Society for Spirituality, Theology, and Health, Duke University, Durham, NC

Honors/Awards

Community Nomination:  Nominated for the Racial Justice Award of the YWCA, Pittsburgh, PA

Scholarly Awards

 Inducted as a Charter member to Transcultural Nursing Scholars, October 8, 2004.

Poster Award

Understanding the Meaning of Mental Health and Illness in an Urban   Nicaraguan Barrio:  A Focused Mini-Ethnography.  Cunningham, L, Zoucha, RD., Gross, J. at the 30th Annual Transcultural Nursing Society Conference, June 14, 2004, Alicante, Spain.

Leininger Award, Transcultural Nursing Society, October 14, 1998.

Awarded Honorable Mention at the Southern Nursing Research Society Conference in Miami, Fl. March 1, 1996 for Poster Presentation titled: "The Experience of Mexican Americans Receiving Professional Nursing Care: An Ethnonursing Study."

Teaching Award

Awarded a 1998-99 Duquesne University Creative Teaching Award for the bilingual on-line journal, "Issues in Psychosocial Nursing."

Nominated for the Teaching, Learning, and Technology Award from the School of Nursing, Duquesne University, March 1999.

Nominated as Teacher of the Year from the Student Nurses' Organization of the Harris College of Nursing, Texas Christian University, 1996.