Linda Norman is Dean Emerita of Nursing at Vanderbilt University School of Nursing and holds the Valere Potter Menefee Chair in Nursing. She has been instrumental in doubling the program’s enrollment and moving the school up in the U.S. News and World Report ranking to No. 8 from No. 29 for the Masters of Science in Nursing program, and achieving the No.6 ranking for the Doctorate of Nursing Practice program.
Dr. Norman has been involved in establishing inter-professional academic programs since 1993 when she first served on the Institute for Health Care Improvement’s (IHI) national advisory team that coordinated a national multisite project involving nursing, medicine and health administration programs to integrate quality improvement and patient safety into health professions education. Her expertise in nursing’s contribution to improving quality and patient safety are an asset to nursing at Nemours and the organization’s commitment to Magnet certification.
Dr. Norman has been responsible for more than $14 million in external funding in support of pioneering curriculum designs and is a sought-after consultant in curriculum and evaluation. In 2004, she was recognized for her myriad contributions to the field and inducted as a fellow in the American Academy of Nursing.
Since 2000, she has been active in finding strategies to diminish the nursing shortage and served as one of the two-person national evaluation team for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Partner’s Investing in Nursing’s Future program. This program provided over $12 million of funding to 50 partnerships between local/regional foundations and nursing partners over eight years to develop strategies to decrease the nursing shortage at the local level. She currently serves on the board of Friends of the National Institute for Nursing, and the community boards of the Tennessee Center for Workforce Development.
She served as the Dean of the School of Nursing from 2013-2021 and was awarded Dean emerita status in July 2021. Prior to being named dean, she served as the Senior Associate Dean for Academics at Vanderbilt from 1991-2013, as well as the Co-Director of the PhD program. She earned her bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of Virginia and her Doctor of Nursing Science from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. In 2014, the University of Virginia awarded her its Distinguished Alumna Award.
She and her husband live in Franklin, Tennessee, just outside of Nashville.