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Yu (Philip) Xu


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Dr. Yu (Philip) Xu is the founding PhD Coordinator for the School of Nursing and directed the PhD in Nursing Program from January of 2007 to May of 2010. He is a certified nurse educator (CNE), as well as a certified transcultural nurse (CTN).

Xu is known nationally and internationally for his research and scholarship on transition, adaptation, and integration of international nurses, especially those from Asia, into the U.S. healthcare environment. Currently, Xu’s research focuses on the intersection of transition of international nurses and patient safety/quality of care. He has received significant funding for his program of research from various agencies such as the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. His other scholarly interests include cultural competence, international nursing education, and international nursing students.

Since 1999, Xu has published 56 research reports and peer-reviewed articles in highly-ranked nursing journals such as International Journal of Nursing Studies, Advances in Nursing Sciences, Nursing Outlook, Journal of Nursing Scholarship, Journal of Nursing Administration, Nursing Economics, Nursing Ethics, International Nursing Review, and Journal of Nursing Education. Additionally, he has published five book chapters and 35 non-peer-reviewed scholarly pieces on cultural diversity, and made over 150 scholarly presentations at local, regional, national, and international venues.

Xu has been a grant reviewer and chair of the peer-reviewer panel for the Health Resources and Services Administration under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. He is currently on the editorial/advisory boards of four scholarly journals and has edited or co-edited three special issues on cultural diversity and international health.

Currently, Xu is President of the Asian American Pacific Islander Nurses Association. He has won nursing faculty excellence in research awards from UNLV and the University of South Alabama. Both nationally and internationally, he has consulted on transition of international nurses, cultural competence, international nursing students, and nurse training in the People’s Republic of China.

Xu is an adjunct/visiting professor for several Chinese colleges and universities. In 2010, Xu was selected as the Fellow of American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and was appointed to the Fellow Selection Committee for a 3-year term (2012-2014).