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  Tamara Bloom George

Tamara Bloom George

Professor Emeritus


  • BSN Ohio State University 1962
  • MSN Wayne State University 1979
  • PhD in nursing Wayne State University 1998


  • Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing

Professional Experience:

  • 2006 – present Professor Emeritus, Hope College
  • 1992 - 2006 Associate Professor, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, Hope College
  • 1993 - 1995 Research Assaistant, Wayne State University
  • 1984 - 1992, 1994 (summers) Adjunct lecturer, Community Health Nursing, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
  • 1980 - 1992 Assistant/Associate Professor, Community Health Nursing and Psychiatric/Mental Health Nursing, Nazareth College
  • 1987 - 1988 Research Assistant, Michigan State University
  • 1987 - 1988 Psychiatric Nursing Consultant, Gero-psychiatric unit, Lakeview Community Hospital
  • 1976 - 1980 Clinical Instructor of Principles in Nursing, Nazareth College
  • 1974 - 1975 Clinical Instructor of Medical-Surgical and Pediatric Nursing, St. Petersburg Junior College
  • 1970 - 1973 Director of Student Recruitment, Riverside Methodist School of Nursing, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1965 - 1967 Psychiatric Staff Nurse/Head Nurse/Acting Nursing Supervisor, Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1962 - 1963 Psychiatric Staff Nurse/Assistant Head Nurse, Ohio State University Hospital, Columbus, Ohio
  • 1962 Medical-Surgical Staff Nurse,
    Maumee Valley Hospital, Toledo, Ohio

Recent Presentations:

  • 2004, May "Ethnonursing: Method used for the study of care in the chronically mentally ill and in Dutch Americans: oral presentation at the conference on transcultural nursing at Madonna University, Detriot, MI
  • 2002, May "Passages: A caring environment for community mental health clients." Oral presentation at the conference, Creating Caring Environments, sponsored by The International Association for Human Caring and the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professionals in Boston, MA
  • 2000, November "Meanings, expressions, and experiences of care of chronically mentally ill in the community." Oral presentation to the Hope-Calvin senior nursing students at Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 2000, May "Meanings, expressions, and experiences of care of chronically mentally ill within a community context." Oral presentation for the Psychiatric Nurses' Council of Sourthwest Michigan, Kalamazoo, MI
  • 2000, April "Meanings, expressions, and experiences of care of chronically mentally ill in the community." Oral presentation at the 6th International Qualitative Health Research Confernce sponsored by the International Institute for Qualitative Methodology and the University of Alberta, Banff, Alberta, Canada.
  • 1999, April "Meanings, expressions, and experiences of care of chronically mentally ill in the community." Oral presentation at the Cultural Diversity in the New Millennium, 21st International Nursing Caring Conference sponsored by International Association for Human Caring and University of Texas Health Science Center School of Nursing, San Antonio, TX
  • 1999, February "Meanings, expressions, and experiences of care of chronically mentally ill in the community." Oral presentation at the Evidence Based Practice Conference sponsored by Kappa Epsilon Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, Lakeshore Chapter of Michigan Nurses' Association, and Kirkhof School of Nursing, Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids, MI
  • 1999, January "Meanings, expressions, and experiences of care of chronically mentally ill in the community." Oral and poster presentation at the New Horizons Nursing Outcomes Research Conference sponsored by the University of Miami School of Nursing and Beta Tau Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International, Nassau

Selected Publications:

  • George, T. B. (2002). Care meanings, expressions, and experiences of those with chronic mental illness, Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 16(1), 25-31.
  • George, T. B. (2002). Research with the chronically mentally ill. In M. Leininger & M. R. McFarland, Transcultural nursing:Concepts, theories, research, and practice 3rd ed.) (p. 249-250). New York: McGraw-Hill.
  • George, T. B. (2000). Defining care in the culture of the chronically mentally ill living in the community, Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 11(2), 102-110.
  • Northouse, L.L., Mood, D., Templin, T., Mellon, S., & George, T. (2000). Couples pattern of adjustment to colon cancer. Social Science and Medicine, 50, 271-284.
  • George, T. B. (1998). Meanings, expressions, and experiences of care of chronically mentally ill in a day treatment center, using Leininger's culture care theory. Unpublished doctoral dissertation, Wayne State University, Detroit.
  • Czajka, L. & George, T. B. (1991). School nursing is alive and well in Kalamazoo, thanks to Nazareth College nursing students, Public Health Nursing, 8(3), 166-169.
  • George, T. B. Cited in Polit, D.F. & Hungler, B.P. (1987, 1991).Nursing research principles and methods, (3rd & 4th ed.) Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott.
  • George, T. B. Cited in Kovacs, Alberta R. (1985). The research process: Essentials of skill development. Philadelphia: F.A. Davis.
  • George, T.B., Gunderson, S.P., Northouse, L. L. and Schonholtz, M. (1983). Cloud of economic uncertainty has silver lining: Increased opportunity for nursing students in community mental health. Proceedings from Psychiatric Nursing During Times of Economic Uncertainty, Third Annual Psychiatric Nursing Conference, University of Michigan Hospitals, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
  • George, T. B. (1982). Development of the self-concept of nurse in nursing students, Research in Nursing and Health, 5(4), 191-197.
  • Gunderson, S., George, T., Northouse, L., Kinney, G., Johnson, A., & Nedeau, R. (1981). Promotion of comprehensive care for the psychiatric aftercare client, Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 3, 263-291.

Professional Memberships:

  • International Association of Human Caring
  • Psychiatric Nursing Council of Southwestern Michigan
  • Transcultural Nursing Society
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon and Kappa Epsilon chapters
  • Ohio State University Nursing Alumni Association


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan Foundation Excellence in Research Award in the area of health policy, 2000. The award included $10,000for future research.
  • Research Grant from Kappa Epsilon chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, 2000.
  • Leininger Human Care Research Award, International Association of Human Caring, 1999
  • Leininger Transcultural Nursing Award, Wayne State University College of Nursing, 1998
  • Appreciation award from the women of Dykstra Hall at Hope College. 1997
  • Research Grant from Kalamazoo Nursing Research Collective, 1996
  • Research Grant from Knight Foundation, administered by Hope College. 1993
  • Professional Nurse Traineeship, Wayne State University, 1990 - 1992
  • Graduate Professional Scholarship, Wayne State University, 1978 - 1979
  • Professional Nurse Traineeship, Wayne State University, 1978
  • Sigma Theta Tau, Ohio State University, 1962
  • Torch Club (nursing honorary society), Ohio State University, 1961
  • Dean's List, Ohio State University, 1960 -1962