Linda D. Norman, DSN, RN, FAAN
Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing
Current Research Interests
Linda Norman is a nationally and internally recognized leader in nursing and health profession education. She was named dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in July 2013. Prior to that, she served in a variety of capacities at the school for more than 22 years, including as Senior Associate Dean of Academics.
During her tenure, she had led innovative curriculum transformations, introduced several new academic programs and helped VUSN rise to become one of the top graduate nursing programs in the country. In 2012, she was named the Valere Potter Menefee Professor of Nursing.
Dean Norman started her career as a staff nurse on a neurosurgical unit in Virginia and expanded her role in nursing after graduate school to care of the chronically ill in Southwest Virginia. She found herself drawn to nursing education as a way to make a profound difference on the profession she loves. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Virginia, where she received the Distinguished Alumna Award in 2014, and earned her DSN from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Current Research/Scholarly Projects
|2006-Present||Director of Evaluation, Robert Wood Johnson|
Foundation/Northwest Health Foundation.
Partner's Investing in Nursing's Future National Demonstration Project
|2010-Present||Co-Investigator: (PI: Bonnie Miller) Fellowship in Inter-Professional Learning, Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation|
Minnick, A. F., Norman, L. D., Donaghey, B., Fisher, L. W., & McKirgan, I. M. (2010). Leadership in Doctoral Nursing Research Programs. Journal of Nursing Education, 49(9), 504-510.
Minnick, A. F., Norman, L. D., Donaghey, B., Fisher, L. W., & McKirgan, I. M. (2010). Defining and describing capacity in US doctoral nursing research programs. Nursing Outlook, Jan, 58(1), 36-43.
Graham, I., & Norman, L. (2008). A reflective discussion: Questions about globalization and multiculturalism in nursing as revealed during a student/staff exchange programme. International Journal of Nursing Practice, 14, 189-194.
Buerhaus, P., Donelan, K., Ulrich, B., Norman, L., DesRoches, C., & Dittus, R. (2007). Impact of the nurse shortage on hospital patient care: Comparative perspectives. Health Affairs, 26(3), 853-862.
Buerhaus, P., Donelan, K., Norman L., & Dittus, R. (2005). Nursing students' perceptions of a career in nursing and the impact of a national campaign designed to attract people into the nursing profession. Journal of Professional Nursing, 21(2), 75-83.
Ulrich, B., Buerhaus, P., Donelan, K., Norman, L. & Dittus, R. (2005). How RN's view the work environment: Results of a national survey of registered nurses. JONA. 35(9), 389-396.
Buerhaus, P., Donelan, K., Ulrich, B., Norman, L., Williams, M., & Dittus, R. (2005). Part four: Hospital RN's and CNO's perceptions of the impact of the nursing shortage on the quality of care. Nursing Economic$, 23(5), 214-221.
Donelan, K., Buerhaus, P., Ulrich, B., Norman, L., & Dittus, R. (2005). Part three: Awareness and perceptions of the Johnson & Johnson campaign for nursing's future: Views of nursing students, RNs, and CNOs. Nursing Economic$, 23(4), 150-156, 180.
Buerhaus, P., Donelan, K., Ulrich, B., Kirby, L., Norman, L., & Dittus, R. (2005). Part two: Registered nurses' perceptions of nursing. Nursing Economic$, 23(3), 110-118, 143.
Buerhaus, P., Donelan, K., Ulrich, B., Norman, L., & Dittus, R. (2005). Part one: Is the shortage of hospital registered nurses getting better or worse? Findings from two recent national surveys of RNs. Nursing Economic$, 23(2), 61-71, 96.
Norman, L., Buerhaus, P., Donelan, K., McCloskey, B., Dittus, R. (2005). Nursing students assess nursing education. Journal of Professional Nursing. 21(3), 150-158.
Buerhaus, P., Donelan, K., Norman, L., Dittus, R. (2005). Nursing students' perception of a career in nursing: Impact of a national campaign designed to attract people into the nursing profession. Journal of Professional Nursing. 21(2), 75-83.
Norman L., Zungolo E. (2005). Headlines from the NLN. Creating a global community in nursing education. Nursing Education Perspectives, 26(3), 194.
Buerhaus P., Donelan K., Norman L., Dittus R. (2005). The Johnson & Johnson campaign for nursing's future: A response from those involved. American Journal of Nursing, 105(5), 68-9.
Norman, L. D., & Weiner, E. E. (2004). Emergency preparedness and response for today's world. In B. Cherry & Jacobs, S. (Eds.), Contemporary Nursing: Issues, Trends and Management (3rd ed.) St. Louis: Elsevier Mosby.
Rasch, R., Norman, L., & Gilmer, M. J. (2003). Developing an international partnership for nurse practitioner education. Nurse Practitioner World News, May.
Norman, L., McArthur, D., & Miles, P. (2001). Partnership model on teaching population health care improvement. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 26(1), 7-13.
Buerhaus, P., & Norman, L. (2001). It's time to require theory and methods of quality improvement in basic and graduate nursing education. Nursing Outlook, 49(2), 67-69.
Gelmon, S., White, A., Carlson, L., & Norman, L. (2000). Making organizational change to achieve improvement and interprofessional learning: Perspectives from health professions' educators. Journal of Interprofessional Care, 14(2), 131-146.
Alemi, F., Neuhauser, D., Ardito, S., Moore, S., Headrick, L., Heckelman, F., & Norman, L. (2000). Continuous self-improvement: Systems thinking in a personal context. Joint Commission Journal of Quality Improvement, 26(2), 98-103.
Baker, R., Gelmon, S., Headrick, L., Knapp, M., Norman, L., Quinn, D., & Neuhauser, D. (1998). Collaborating for improvement in health professions education. Quality Management in Health Care, 6(2), 1-11.
Gelmon, S.B., Wilson, W., & Norman, L. (1997). Formulating the mess: Lessons from building knowledge of health care as a system. Quality Management in Health Care, 5(3), 13-17.
Bellack, J.P., Gerrity, P., Moore, S.M., Novotny, J., Quinn, D., Norman, L., & Harper, D.C. (1997). Taking aim in interdisciplinary education for continuous improvement in health care. Nursing and Health Care Perspectives, 18(6), 308-315.
Norman, L., & Lutenbacher, M. (1996). Process of continual improvement in a school of nursing. Nursing and Health Care: Perspectives on Community, 17(6), 292-297.
King, J. E., Lancaster, L., Pierce, J., & Norman, L. D. (1996). Removing the walls and expanding the boundaries: A curriculum model for acute care nurse practitioners. Nursing & Health Care: Perspectives on Community, 17(6), 304-307.
Headrick, L., Knapp, M., Neuhauser, D., Gelmon, S., Norman, L., Quinn, Q., & Baker, R. (1996). Working from upstream to improve health care: The IHI interdisciplinary professional education collaborative. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement, 22(3), 149-164.
Neuhauser, D., & Norman, L. (1996). Accepting the Galvin challenge: Increasing efficiency and productivity in health. The Joint Commission Journal on Quality Improvement, 22(3), 223-227.