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Larry Dale Tazan Purnell, PhD, RN, FAAN

Professor - School of Nursing
College of Health Sciences
University of Delaware
Newark, Delaware 19716

Educational Preparation

  • 1981 - Columbia Pacific University, Mill Valley, California, PhD, Health Services Administration with a major in Nursing Service Administration.
  • 1977 - Rush University, Chicago, Illinois, Master of Science in Nursing as a cardiovascular clinical nurse specialist.
  • 1974-1975 - Cleveland State University, Cleveland, Ohio, masters program in educational administration, no degree awarded.
  • 1973 - Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, Bachelor of Science in Nursing.
  • 1969 - Cuyahoga Community College, Cleveland, Ohio, Associate Degree in Nursing.
  • 1966-1967 - Case Western University, Cleveland, Ohio, baccalaureate program in nursing, no degree awarded.

Selected Teaching Activities

  • Headed the Masters of Science in Nursing with a concentration in health services administration and the Masters of Science with a Major in Health Services Administration – ended upon retirement, 2009.
  • Taught transcultural healthcare in the graduate and undergraduate Nursing Programs and in Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Developed a Master of Science Degree program with a major in Health Services Administration.
  • Developed Cross-cultural Healthcare, 3-6 credit multidiscipline course that takes students overseas to a developing country to study culture and healthcare. Course approved by 5 Departments and International Programs/Special Sessions for both undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Developed a course, Emergency Nursing, 3-6 credit required elective course with didactic and clinical.
  • Regularly advised students in Theses, Scholarly Projects, Dissertations, and Independent Studies in the Department of Nursing, Department of Education, Department of Urban Affairs and Public Policy, and Department of Nutrition/Dietetics.

Honors and Special Accomplishments Since 1998

  • 2014 – Adjunct Professor Award, Florida International University, Miami, Florida.
  • 2012 – Tau Kappa Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International: Excellence in Education Award.
  • 2011 – Excelsior College: Albany, NY. Distinguished Faculty Member of the Year for the School of Nursing.
  • 2009 – Luther Christman Award from the American Assembly of Men in Nursing.
  • 2008 – Inducted into the Society of Luther Christman Fellows.
  • 2007 – Recipient of the University of Delaware Online Pioneer Award.
  • 2006 – Named Padrino (Godfather) for the Transcultural Research Center Established at Universidad Nacional, Bogota, Colombia.
  • 2005 – Transcultural Nursing Society Recognition for Distinguished Service. Presented in New York, October 20, 2005 at the 31st Annual Conference.
  • 2005 – Inducted into the Transcultural Nursing Society International as a Transcultural Nursing Scholar.
  • 2004 - Received the Transcultural Nursing Society International Leadership Award. Award Ceremony held in Alicante, Spain, June 15, 2004.
  • 2003, July: Inducted into the Rosa Parks Wall of Teaching Tolerance. Montgomery, AL.
  • 2002, October, 1: Quoted in the New York Times Science Section in article titled “Nurses Bridge Cultures to Give Better Care, p. F6.
  • 2002 – Fulbright Fellowship, Research Centre for Studies in Transcultural Health Care, Middlesex University, London.
  • 2001 – Distinguished Service Award, Transcultural Nursing Society.
  • 2000 – 2002 - Distinguished Lecturer, Sigma Theta Tau International.
  • 2000 – present Virginia Henderson Fellow, Sigma Theta Tau International.
  • 1998 – Inducted into the American Academy of Nursing.
  • 1997 - Developed a Cottage Industry for making crutches, canes, and walkers from PVC piping in Belize, Central America. This activity helped make the Belizeans independent from charity gifts of used crutches, canes, and walkers.
  • 1997 - Designed a portable, collapsible stretcher used for jungle rescue missions. This stretcher, made from PVC piping and recycled seat belts, can be used to rescue people from the jungle and then attached to buoys and the patient can be floated on the river to a heliport.

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