Brenda Srof

Professor of Nursing and Department Chair

Brenda Srof


  • BSN, Goshen College, 1982
  • MSN, Oral Roberts University, 1986
  • PHD, Loyola University Chicago, 2004

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Ethnic Identity Formation and Caring Practices among Latino Nursing Graduates. Invited presentation at Goshen College Lunch & Learn series, 2011.

Parkview Professional Development Fair, Ft. Wayne, IN: Poster presentation – The Clinical Nurse Leader, May 4 & 6, 2010.

Mennonite Nurses Association, National Health Reform, May 3, 2010.

Seniors for Peace: Implications of health care reform on health professionals, March, 2010.

Clinical Outcomes Management: An Exemplar Syllabus. Podium presentation at CNL National Conference, New Orleans, LA, Jan. 30, 2009.

Effects of Coping Skills Training Program on Asthma Self-Efficacy, Quality of Life, Social Support, and Asthma Diary Parameters Among Teens with Asthma. Poster Presentation. Loyola University School of Nursing Ruth K. Palmer Research Symposium, Chicago, Illinois.

US Dept. of Health & Human Services, Health Resources and Services Administration, Nurse Traineeship Grant, 2009 and 2010.

Goshen Health System Community Benefit Fund for graduate student scholarships, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012.

Velsor-Friedrich, B., & Srof, B. (2012). Adolescent asthma management. Current Pediatrics Reviews. Doi 1573-3963/12.

Srof, B., Taboas, P., Velsor-Friedrich, B. (2011). A critical review of adolescent asthma self-management programs.   Adolescent asthma education programs for teens: Review and Summary. Journal of Pediatric Health Care. [In press] doi 10.1016/j.pedhc.2011.03.010.

Srof, B., Velsor-Friedrich, B., & Penckofer, S. (2011). The effects of coping skills training among teens with asthma. Western Journal of Nursing Research. [In press]. Doi 10.1177/0193945911406290.

Srof, B. & Velsor-Friedrich, B. (2006). Health Promotion in Adolescents: A Review of

Pender’s Health Promotion Model.  Nursing Science Quarterly, 19 (4), 366-373.

Velsor-Friedrich, B., & Srof, B. (2005).  Asthma management in adolescents: Clinical update.  International Review of Asthma, 7 (2).

Velsor-Friedrich, B., Pigott, T., & Srof, B. (2005).  A practitioner based asthma intervention program with African-American inner-city school children.  Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 19 (3), 163-171.

Velsor-Friedrich, B., Pigott, T., Srof, B., & Froman, R. (2005).  The asthma belief survey: Development and testing.  Journal of Nursing Measurement, 12 (1), 7-19.

Velsor-Friedrich, B., & Srof, B. (2000).  Asthma self-management programs for children part II: Empiric evaluation of programs and recommendations.  Journal of Child and Family Nursing, 3 (3), 173-190.

Velsor-Friedrich, B., & Srof, B. (2000).  Asthma self-management programs for children.  Part I: Description of the programs.  Journal of Child and Family Nursing, 3(2), 85-97.

Srof, B. (Spring, 2003).  Infertility in the family. Vision: A Journal for Church and Theology, 4 (1), 27-32.

American Association of Colleges of Nursing

Indiana Deans and Directors in Nursing

Mennonite Healthcare Fellowship

Indiana Center for Nursing

National League for Nursing

National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties

Nu Omicron Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau

American Nurses Association, Indiana State Nurses Association


My research background is in quantitative research related to The Effects of Coping Skills Training on Asthma Related Outcome Variables Among Teens With Asthma.

Key constructs of research interest include: coping, self-efficacy, and health promotion

Other research interests include an unpublished qualitative study  titled, The Experience of Ethnic Identity Formation and Subsequent Caring Practices Among Latino Nursing Student.

Nurs 309 Healthcare Ethics (Undergraduate)
Students actively reflect on ethical issues that are present in health care for practitioners and consumers. The focus is on the process of ethical inquiry rather than decision outcomes. In the process of analyzing bioethical issues, students are introduced to ethical theory and modes of ethical analysis informed by the Christian faith. (Syllabus)

Nurs 410 Senior Seminar (Undergraduate. Focus on integration of current professional practice issues. Students articulate own philosophy of health care and nursing including faith beliefs, rights of clients, and responsibility to deliver quality nursing care. Preparation for  the NCLEX exam, interviewing, and job search are also included.

Nurs 510 Healthcare Ethics (Graduate)
The student is provided with frameworks for ethical decision-making based on theory and opportunities for the development of reflective moral thinking. The student learns to utilize critical thinking as a basis for ethical reasoning. The dynamics of the healthcare professionals’ roles are studied in view of pertinent ethical dilemmas. The student is challenged to examine personal and professional values in the context of growing health care disparities impacting the local and world community. (Syllabus)

Historic Courses

Community Health Nursing (undergraduate and graduate), Foundations for Leadership (graduate), Pediatric Nursing (undergraduate), Nursing of the Childbearing family (undergraduate), Physical Assessment (undergraduate)

2015-2016; 2007-2009

Goshen College Faculty Chair 

2010-2011 (fall)

Goshen College Sabbatical Leave


Center for Intercultural Teaching & Learning, Faculty Research Fellowship


Goshen College Sabbatical Leave


Alpha Sigma Nu, Inductee


Loyola University Chicago, Graduate Research Assistant


Goshen College, Tenure


Oral Roberts University,  Outstanding Research Thesis Award


Oral Roberts University, Graduate Fellowship

  • In the fall semester, 1996, I was the Study Service Term leader for a group of 22 Goshen College students in Szechuan Province, China.

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Hobbies & Interests

My hobbies and interests include traveling, reading, biking, cooking, and time with family.


Goshen College, 1988 to present

Loyola University Chicago, 1998-1999

Riley Hospital for Children, Indiana University Hospitals,


Oral Roberts University, Maua Nursing Program, Meru Kenya,


Oral Roberts University, City of Faith Hospital, 1982-1986

2012 to present IU Health Goshen Hospital Board member

2010 to 2012 Board Member for the Elkhart County Board of Health

2010-2011 Member of the Community Life Commission, College Mennonite Church

2011 Classroom Coordinator for the Weavings Sunday School Class, College Mennonite Church