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Linda Young named dean of College of Nursing and Health Sciences

RELEASED: July 8, 2011

Linda Young
Linda Young

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Linda Young has been named dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire following a national search. She will begin her new post Aug. 1.

Young comes to UW-Eau Claire from the Milwaukee School of Engineering, where she was a professor of nursing. She will serve as the scholarly and administrative leader of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, which includes the departments of nursing and public health professions and offers bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree programs in nursing and a bachelor's degree program in environmental public health.

"The College of Nursing and Health Sciences has in recent months completed self-studies and successful site visits and received recommendations for continued accreditation through the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and National Environmental Health Science and Protection Accreditation Council," said Dr. Patricia A. Kleine, UW-Eau Claire provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. "Dr. Young is poised to provide the necessary leadership and advocacy as the college maintains its high academic standards for students and faculty and embraces its mission and vision for the future."

Young brings the kind of energy and vision needed to meet the challenges that UW-Eau Claire's nursing and public health programs will face in the near future, said Dr. Marty Wood, dean of UW-Eau Claire's College of Arts and Sciences and chair of the nursing and health sciences dean search committee.

"Our programs in particular, with our new doctorate in nursing practice, are well positioned to excel amid the changes taking place in the health care industry in the U.S. and around the world," Wood said. "When she visited us, Dr. Young connected well with our programs and our community, and she demonstrated a commitment to excellence and adaptability that will help her guide the college's outstanding faculty and staff in their efforts to sustain the very high quality for which we are known."

Young said she looks forward to being part of the UW-Eau Claire community and the broader community of Eau Claire.

"Excellence in nursing and the teaching of nursing are values I hold dear," Young said. "During my time on campus meeting with different groups, it was clear that these values are central to the mission and experience at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and to the College of Nursing and Health Sciences in particular. I am honored to have been chosen as the dean of the College of Nursing and Health Sciences and embrace the opportunity to lead this outstanding school."

At MSOE, Young was a founding faculty member of the School of Nursing in 1996 and was instrumental in the development of its baccalaureate program. Young served in various roles during her tenure at MSOE, including program director, clinical site coordinator and family project coordinator. She was active in nursing student recruitment and served on the School of Nursing curriculum and evaluation/assessment committee as well as several institutional committees. Along with four nursing and biomedical engineering students, she founded the student organization Health Workers without Borders. They established a partnership with a community in El Salvador where a clinic site was created and the first clinic was hosted in February 2011. Young has traveled to El Salvador several times with students. She also started the nursing honor society at MSOE, and she has served as the society's faculty adviser since its inception five years ago.

Young previously was on the nursing faculty at the Milwaukee County Medical Complex School of Nursing and Alverno College. Prior to that, she worked as a staff and charge nurse at Mercy Medical Center in Des Moines, Iowa, and Mount Sinai Medical Center (now Aurora Sinai Medical Center) in Milwaukee. Additionally, she spent one year practicing in London, England, introducing the nursing process with her English counterpart to the National Heart and Chest Hospitals. As part of a comparative nursing course at MSOE, Young led a group of students on a trip to London during which they visited several London hospitals and interacted with British nurses.

Young has conducted research, authored published journal articles and made presentations on quality of life and anxiety in adult patients undergoing bone marrow transplantation and the impact on patients' families of bone marrow/blood cell transplantation. She is a certified family life educator through the National Council on Family Relations and a certified nurse educator through the National League for Nursing, and she was a reviewer of international nursing diagnoses for the International Council of Nursing.

Young received bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in nursing from UW-Milwaukee, Marquette University and UW-Madison, respectively.

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