James Madison University

Nursing Faculty Honored for Service Work

By: Hannah Austin
Posted: April 12, 2013

PHOTO: Sharon Lovell and Sharon Strang

Dr. Sharon Strang received the Distinguished Service Award from the College of Health and Behavioral Science at James Madison University.  Strang has been a full-time Nursing Department faculty member since 2003 and in the past ten years has demonstrated outstanding service not only to the university, but to local and international communities as well.

Strang’s newest area of service outreach involves international concerns. She and a colleague are currently developing a program that would allow undergraduate and graduate nursing students to travel to Kenya, gaining firsthand healthcare experience in a variety of settings, including Kenyatta University, government hospitals, private and bush clinics, and tribal villages. In addition to teaching classes, serving as a mentor, and volunteering at the Harrisonburg Free Clinic, Strang has been influential in obtaining grants and designing Nurse Practitioner curriculum requirements. She is also a Master Trainer for the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management and Diabetic Self-Management Programs licensed through Stanford University. Strang and a colleague implemented these programs in the Shenandoah Valley, bringing workshops to hundreds of Harrisonburg and Rockingham County residents. Currently, Strang is representing JMU on the Virginia Action Coalition Access to Care Workgroup, an organization working to improve healthcare for all Virginia citizens.

“It was not one project, but a combination of service that led to the award,” said Strang. “I am very honored to receive this award, as I know there are a number of worthy recipients.”
James Madison University, the Nursing Department in particular, congratulates Strang, thanks her for her hard work and dedication, and wishes her all the best in future endeavors.