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Dean Linda Young receives the Signe Cooper Image of Nursing Award

| Jan Adams

Linda K. Young, PhD, RN, CNE, CFLE, Dean and Professor for the College of Nursing and Health Science was chosen by the Wisconsin Nurses Association to receive the 2016 Signe Cooper Image of Nursing Award. The purpose of this award is to recognize nurses who are involved in activities that enhance the image of professional nursing and the image of WNA. Her nominators cited many examples of her work in the field.

"Linda's leadership expanding learning opportunities for students internationally with China and El Salvador has been "life changing" for students. Linda co-chaired the creation of the Institute for Health Sciences at UW Eau-Claire promoting multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary opportunities for students."

"In 2013, she showed remarkable determination when an opportunity for funding nursing education in Wisconsin presented itself. Within two weeks she built a coalition of UW System baccalaureate nursing programs and researched, wrote, revised, and finalized a grant which was submitted to the UW System. The outcome, Nurses for Wisconsin: Learn, Teach, Lead, received the largest award of over 3.2 million dollars." These dollars are being used to provided funding to nurses working toward DNPs and PhDs with a promise from those nurses to teach for three years at a Wisconsin nursing program. A faculty loan reimbursement program was also implemented to attract and retain new faculty.

"Dean Young also works with nursing organizations and legislative partners to ensure that our state has the workforce necessary to care for our citizens. For example, she brought together Wisconsin nursing leadership and legislators in March, 2016 for a discussion on what is required politically to increase the number of nurses. She represents nursing on a BeBold III: Accelerate Wisconsin committee. This state-wide committee is working on education and employment issues related to the healthcare sector. She is assisting in the planning of a regional meeting for western Wisconsin healthcare stakeholder..."

The award was presented at a luncheon as part of WNA’s Membership Assembly on Saturday, October 22nd in Middleton, WI.