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PhD, Boston College (1999)
MSN, Russel Sage Collge (1984)
B. ED (N), University of Botswana (1982)
Midwifery Diploma, National Health Institute, Botswana (1972)
RN Diploma, National Health Institute, Botswana (1971)

Recent Courses

Dissertation Guidance I
Evidence-Based Practice In Nursing
Nursing Care Of The Evolving Family
Nursing Care Of The Older Adult

Teaching Specializations/Interests

Medical-Surgical Nursing.
Health Promotion Across the Life Span.
Nursing Theories.
Research methodologies.

Research Interests

Women's Health: Screening for Cancer of the Cervix
Health Promotion and Illness Prevention.
Cultural Diversity in Health Care.
Qualitative research methodologies.

Grants/Sponsored Research

Faculty Scholarship Grant: $2, 600.00: Adelphi University - 2010
- Sponsored Research: "The Effect of Written Educational Material on Knowledge Acquisition and Actual Pap Smear Screening In Botswana Women."

Book Chapters

McFarland D. M (2015). How to do Ethnography. In Mary de Chesnay (ED) (Eds.). Nursing Research Using Ethnography. (pp. 95 - 102). New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

McFarland, DM (2010). Aging in Botswana. In Wykle, ML and Gueldner, SH (Eds.). Aging Well: gerontological Education for Nurses and other Health Professionals. (pp. 519-522). Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett Learning.

Refereed Articles

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McFarland, D. M. (2013), Associations of Demographic Variables and the Health Belief Model Constructs with Pap Smear Screening among Urban Women in Botswana. International Journal of Women's Health, 5, 709 - 716.

McFarland, DM (2010), A journey through Pick's disease. International Nursing Review, 57, 142-144.

Mookeng, M.J., Mavundla, T.R., & McFarland, D.M (2010), Barriers to Cervical Cancer Screening Within Private Medical Practice in Soshanguvhe, South Africa. Africa Journal of Nursing and Midwifery, 12 (1), 27-38.

McFarland, DM (2009), Beliefs about the causes of cervical cancer in Botswana: Implications for nursing. International Nursing Review, 56, 426-432.

McFarland, DM (2008), A tribute to the Mother's Union. The Anglican Church of the Holy Cross News Letter, 4, 3.

McFarland, DM (2003), Cervical Cancer and Pap smear screening in Botswana: Knowledge and perceptions. International Nursing Review, 50(3), 167-175.

Invited Presentation/Lecture

Ditsapelo M. McFarland (2013, July). Cervical Cancer and Pap Smear Screening: Raising awareness. Village Tribal Grounds, Tonota Village, Botswana.

Ditsapelo M. McFarland (2012, July). "Common Cancers in Botswana: What Women Need to Know About Cancer of the Cervix. and Pap smear Screening. Anglican Church Mother's Union, Gaborone, Botswana.

Ditsapelo M. McFarland (2009, April). Cancer of the Cervix: Raising Cancer of the Cervix Awareness among Primary School Teachers. Rauwe Primary School, Tonota Village, Botswana.

Conference Presentations/Papers

McFarland, DM (2015). The associations of demographic variables with Pap smear screening among urban women in Botswana. In STTI Alpha Omega Chapter - 11th Nursing Leadership Conference: Building Alliances – Cultivating Leadership (pp. Poster Presentation). The Garden City Hotel, Garden City, Long Island, NY.

Ditsapelo M. McFarland (2013). Item Generation and Content Validation of the Cervical Cancer Belief Scale (CCBS) - A Poster Presentation. In Eastern Nursing Research Society Conference (pp. Poster). Renaiscence Boston Water Front Hotel, Boston, MA.

McFarland, DM (2010). Screening for cancer of the cervix by women in Botswana: A poster presentation. In International Congress On Women's Health Issues (ICOWHI) (pp. Poster Presentation). The Inn at penn: A Hilton Hotel, Philadelphia, PA.

Dissertation Chaired

Jemina Mookeng - Co-Supervisor of: (2004). “Barriers Toward Cervical Cancer Screening Program Implementation within the Private Health Care Sector in Soshanguve: MA Public Health Thesis. University of South Africa (UNISA).

Honors and Accomplishments

.2014: Featured in the UFCP December newsletter discussing the topic: "Cervical Cancer: A major public health problem of concern for women in Botswana."

2012: Nomination for an Excellence in Teaching Award, Adelphi University.
2012: Named “Professional of the year” by the “Strathmore Who is Who Worldwide.” (Featured on Google).
2011: Awarded a plaque of recognition by the “Strathmore Who is Who Worldwide” for having exemplified leadership and achievement in my profession.

Professional Activities

.April 2015: Reviewer: Student posters on the Adelphi University Research Day.

.March 2015: Doctoral dissertation committee member. Adelphi University.

.December 2014: Committee member: PhD dissertation proposal defense. Adelphi University.

.2014. External Examiner: Doctoral Dissertation: “Quantitative Determinants of Need and Demand For Primary Care in the District of Columbia.” University of South Africa (UNISA).

.2014: External Examiner: Doctoral Dissertation: “On-Line Learning Among Health Studies’ Students at An Open Distance Learning Institution: Prospects and Challenges for Interactivity,” University of South Africa (UNISA).

April 2014: Reviewer: Student posters on the Adelphi University Research Day.

.April 2013: Reviewer: Student posters on the Adelphi University Research Day.

•April 2012: Reviewer: Student posters on the Adelphi University Research Day.

April 2013: External Examiner: Master of Arts Thesis: “Patients’ and Nurses’ Knowledge and Understanding of Laparascopic Surgery in Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa." University of South Africa (UNISA).

February, 2013: External Examiner: Doctoral Dissertation: “Promoting the Implementation of Collaborative Tuberculosis and Human immunodeficiency Virus Activities in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.” University of South Africa (UNISA).

January 2013: Committee Member: DoctoralDissertation:“Reconceptualizing Mothering: Women from Mexico Mothering transnationally,” Adelphi University.

May 14, 2012: Co-evaluator: Doctoral Dissertation. “The Culture of Night Nursing,” Adelphi University.
May 12, 2011: Co-evaluator: “The process of mothering an obese child:” A Doctoral Dissertation.Adelphi University

2004: Co-Supervisor: MA Public Health Thesis: “Barriers Toward Cervical Cancer Screening Program Implementation within the Private Health Care Sector in Soshanguve, University of South Africa (UNISA), 2004.

Community and Corporate Leadership

.2015: Participating in the Forest Hills Episcopal Church activities.

.2014: Participated actively in the Tonota Village (Botswana) centenary celebration preparations
.Tonota (Botswana)Development Support Group for community empowerment (co-founder)

-Anglican Church Mother’s Union member.
-Cancer Association: Botswana.

Licenses & Certifications

New York - RN Licensure
Massachusetts -RN Licensure
Vermont - RN Licensure
Botswana Nursing Council _ RN and Midwifery Licensure