Marilyn McFarland, Ph.D, RN, FNP-BC, CTN-A

Professor of Nursing

Marilyn R. McFarland, PhD, RN, CTN-A, FNP-BC is a Professor in the School of Nursing.  Dr. McFarland earned her PhD in Nursing with a focus in Transcultural Nursing from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan; Master of Science in Nursing from Wayne State with a major in Medical Surgical Nursing and minors in Teaching in Nursing, Gerontological Nursing, and Transcultural Nursing; and Bachelor of Science in Nursing also from Wayne State.  Her family nurse practitioner certificate was earned from Saginaw Valley State University in 2005. 


As a Certified Transcultural Nurse and Transcultural Nursing Author and Scholar, Dr. McFarland has been nationally and internationally recognized for her contributions to transcultural nursing by the Transcultural Nursing Society, receiving the 1993 Leininger Award for Excellence in Transcultural Nursing from the Society.  She was also the 1994 recipient of the Leininger Transcultural Nursing Award for Excellence and Creative Leadership in Transcultural Nursing and Human Care from Wayne State University, College of Nursing, Detroit, Michigan.  In addition to individually publishing numerous book chapters and articles, Dr. McFarland co-authored two texts with Dr. Madeleine Leininger, Culture Care Diversity and Universality: A Worldwide Nursing Theory (2006) and Transcultural Nursing: Concepts, Theories, Research, & Practice (2002), which was the recipient of the 2003 American Journal of Nursing’s Book of the Year Award.


Currently, Dr. McFarland, with Dr. Hiba Wehbe-Alamah, is co-authoring the third edition of Transcultural Nursing: Concepts, Theories, Research, & Practice due for publication in May 2014.  Dr. McFarland is past-editor of the Journal of Transcultural Nursing and past-Chair of the Transcultural Nursing Certification Commission whose members developed a revised certification examination process under her guidance.  She is also a member of the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties, Michigan Council of Nurse Practitioners, American Nurses’ Association, Michigan Nurses’ Association, ANA-Michigan (formerly RN-AIM), as well as a career-long member of Sigma Theta Tau International and is active in the local Pi Delta chapter based at University of Michigan-Flint.


Dr. McFarland has taught at the undergraduate level in the areas of gerontology, fundamentals of nursing, and health assessment.  She currently teaches nursing at the graduate level focusing on transcultural health care, advanced practice nursing role development, and graduate translational research projects.  She has also served on many doctoral nursing dissertation committees nationally as well as many master’s theses statewide.  Her clinical practice is focused on caring for the underinsured at a local health department family planning clinic.  Dr. McFarland participates with students and colleagues in clinically-focused translational research as well as with colleagues in transcultural nursing research.  As a leader in transcultural nursing, Dr. McFarland has studied, practiced, consulted, and lectured throughout the United States and in various parts of Europe, Kenya, Taiwan, and Australia.  She has conducted transcultural research studies focused on Polish, Anglo and African American, Mexican American, and German American elders using Leininger’s Theory of Culture Care Diversity and Universality, and she recently co-participated in a metasynthesis of culture care theory research studies guided by the Theory of Culture Care Diversity and Universality.  Her scholarly interests include the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SOTL) and the integration of transcultural nursing theory into nurse practitioner practice in primary care settings.  Dr. McFarland welcomes undergraduate and graduate nursing students as co-participants in her nursing research projects.