Ruth McDermott-Levy, PhD, RN
Area of Expertise:
- Environmental and Global Health
- Community Health Workers to promote health in vulnerable populations (Arab immigrants in Philadelphia & Waslala, Nicaragua)
- Ethno-Cultural Groups' Experience in Higher Education and Health Care
An expert in international nursing students and community health nursing with a global perspective, Dr. McDermott-Levy advises nurses from Oman and has conducted research about their experience in the U.S. She has traveled to Nicaragua and Peru to promote health through education about water-borne illness. She led a group of Villanova nursing students in teaching residents of rural Latin American communities about the connection between environmental factors and health and how to counteract respiratory illnesses and other infectious diseases. She also teaches nursing students in clinical settings that focus on environmental health and Arab-Muslim populations in the Philadelphia region. A member of the Pennsylvania State Nurses' Association Environmental Health Task Force, she can also discuss integrating environmental health into the nursing curriculum and the needs of Arab-Muslim women in the U.S.
- Ph.D., Villanova University
- M.S.N., Villanova University
- B.S.N., Wilkes University
- McDermott-Levy, R. (2009). Acculturation: A concept analysis for immigrant health. Holistic Nursing Practice, 23 (4), 1-7.
- McDermott-Levy, R. (2009). Education: Nurses tool for advocacy in environmental health. Pennsylvania Nurse, 64 (2), 10-13.
- McDermott-Levy, R. (2008). "Green Meetings: Hosting Environmentally Friendly Events." The Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 39 (9), 388-389.
Selected Professional Experience
- Villanova University College of Nursing Omani Undergraduate Advisor
- "Integrating Environmental Health into Community Health Nursing Education", Health Care Without Harm Minigrant