University of South Alabama College of Nursing
Transcultural Nursing Society Chapter - Alabama and Mississippi

What's New

The Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS) Alabama - Mississippi Chapter is pleased to announce of our newly elected officers:

• President: Eva Tatum
• Vice President: Dr. Alethea Hill
• Secretary: Dr. Jennifer Styron
• Treasurer: Emily Newman

Dr. Katherine Bydalek, Chapter Board President
Rachel Fairchild, Chapter Board Vice President
Dr. Jennie Gunn, Founder




The Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS) was founded by Dr. Madeleine Leininger. Dr. Leininger envisioned the importance of cultural care and understanding. She created a method of research, a definition of nursing, and the Theory of Culture Care Diversity and Universality.

The Alabama and Mississippi Chapter and Louisiana Chapter are composed of members of the Transcultural Nursing Society (TCNS) International Organization.

The International Society's mission is to enhance the quality of culturally congruent, competent, and equitable care that results in improved health and well-being for people worldwide.

The International Society's vision is to provide nurses and other healthcare professionals with the knowledge base necessary to ensure cultural competence in practice, education, research, and administration

Join TCNS at, and become a member of this chapter. Help promote cultural knowledge and understanding. Select the Alabama and Mississippi Chapter or the Louisiana Chapter as your own..

The founder of the Society, Dr. Leininger, was an anthropologist and nurse. It was a new idea that culture should be considered when providing care. It is not only the nurse who is called to care and to consider the cultural practices of the person, it is all caring discipline members. Because of this stance, Dr. Leininger declared: "Nursing as a profession had a society charge, a mandate, and a moral expectation to serve society in meaningful and explicit public ways – the same criteria established by other professional scholars of what constitutes a profession" (Leininger, 1999, p. 25). We are cultural care providers. We all care. Every person is invited to join the Transcultural Nursing Society.


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