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Linda Quinn Announced as Chair of Midland University Department of Nursing


Midland University President Ben Sasse announced today the hiring of Linda Quinn as chair of the nursing department at Midland University.

“Linda brings not only a depth and breadth of experience to Midland, but a sincere commitment to healing and helping others,” Dr. Sasse said. “Her expertise in the clinical, administrative and academic perspectives of nursing makes her ideally suited for this role. We’re excited to have her guiding the development of our nursing program.”

Prior to joining Midland, Quinn was an Associate Professor of Nursing for Nebraska Methodist College in Omaha where she taught since 1998. Starting in 2003 she assumed an administrative role, serving as student advancement coordinator responsible for leading admissions and advising for Methodist’s nursing students. She began her teaching career in 1981 as an instructor in medical surgical nursing for St. Mary’s of Nazareth School of Nursing in Chicago.

Quinn said, “Having attended a Lutheran liberal arts program and working with several faith-based organizations, coming to Midland feels like coming home. There’s an excitement here and I look forward to working with our department faculty to shape that vision for nursing students here at Midland.”

In addition to a long teaching career, she also brings more than 30 years of nursing experience to Midland having held clinical and staff development roles for hospitals and specialized care units in three states.

She began her nursing career at the University of Minnesota Hospital in Minneapolis staffing critical care, kidney and heart transplant units. She went on to coordinate the training, education and quality programs of a critical care unit, and managed a more than 50-bed general surgery unit for Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, Ill. She was the coordinator of a cardiac rehabilitation program at St. Francis Hospital of Evanston in Illinois. She came to Nebraska to teach at Nebraska Methodist College and also worked as part of the clinical staff of cardiac nursing unit at Nebraska Methodist Hospital.

Dr. Steve Bullock, Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs, said, “Linda’s range of experience is truly unique. Her professional background and her personal strength of character are an excellent fit for our institution.”

Quinn received her bachelor’s in nursing in 1975 from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., and her master’s in nursing education in 1985 from Loyola University of Chicago. She also holds a master’s in counseling from Grace University, received in 2005, and is pursuing a doctorate in psychology from Capella University, based in Minneapolis. Since 2008, she has counseled teens and adults battling mood and anxiety disorders.

Dr. Sasse said, “Linda’s deeply rooted commitment to others and her passion for pursuing new avenues of learning make her an excellent role model and inspiration for Midland students.”

Among Midland University’s top three degrees, nearly 170 students are nursing majors.

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