Nursing professor at EMU honored for teaching excellence

A member of the Eastern Mennonite University nursing department faculty has been honored by the Virginia Student Nurses Association.

Laura A. Yoder, an assistant professor of nursing, was awarded the “excellence in nursing instruction” award during the VSVA’s annual convention held Feb. 5 at Liberty University.

The annual award, selected from nominations submitted by nursing students from constituent institutions of the VNSA, seeks to recognize an instructor or professor “who has demonstrated excellence as a teacher and mentor and makes a consistent and positive contribution to the future of nursing in the Commonwealth of Virginia.”

Yoder has clinical experience in medical-surgical nursing and progressive care/telemetry nursing and is a primary care adult nurse practitioner.

A 1997 graduate of Goshen (Ind.) College with a BS in nursing degree, she holds an MS degree in nursing from the University of South Florida. An EMU faculty member since 2003, she has been accepted into a doctoral program in nursing at the University of Virginia.

She is married to Edward T. Yoder and has two children – Eleanor, 4, and Lewis, 2. She is a member of Park View Mennonite Church, Harrisonburg.

EMU has 82 students currently enrolled in the clinical level of its baccalaureate program in nursing. Registered nurses can earn their BSN through the traditional program (day classes) and the Adult Degree Completion Program (evening program) designed for working professionals. The ADCP nursing program is offered at the main Harrisonburg campus and at EMU’s Lancaster, Pa., site. The nursing curriculum can be accelerated for LPNs who have work experience, and students with a bachelor’s degree in another field can take a four-semester track towards the BSN degree. EMU’s masters in nursing leadership and management degree program is designed for working nurses.

Story by Jim Bishop. Jim can be reached at

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