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NLN President's Award Winner

Linda Q. Everett, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN

As executive vice president and chief nurse executive at Indiana University Health, Linda Q. Everett, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, provides leadership to staff at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health, and IU Health Methodist, University and Saxony hospitals and is responsible for staff across many disciplines and specialty areas of care delivery, including pharmacy, rehabilitation services, and care management. She also lends strategic planning and workforce development support to the IU Health executive team and the statewide IU Health network; and she serves as associate dean for clinical affairs at the Indiana University School of Nursing.

Dr. Everett earned her nursing diploma from Riverside White-Cross School of Nursing; a bachelor of science in nursing from Kent State University; and a master's of science in nursing at Case Western, all Ohio schools. Her doctorate in nursing administration/nursing systems is from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Dr. Everett began her career as a staff nurse in Columbus, Ohio. She later held several administrative roles in Michigan, and a move to the University of Iowa system in Iowa City prior to her joining IU Health, carried with it teaching responsibilities in the College of Nursing and as chief nursing officer at the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics.

Establishing, building, and nurturing nursing education excellence through academic-practice partnerships are a hallmark of Dr. Everett's work. As co-chair of a special task force (2010-13), she was integral to the development of a position statement on academic-practice partnerships developed by the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the American Organization of Nurse Executives. At IU Health, Dr. Everett and the dean of the Indiana University School of Nursing co-chair the Indiana University Nursing Learning Partnership. This academic-practice initiative is committed to engaging nurses in lifelong learning to advance the delivery of quality, safe care in any and every care setting. The partnership has benefitted the health care organization through an enriched recruitment pool, lower orientation costs, improved post-hire retention, enhanced nursing quality outcomes, avoidance of costly medical errors, and lower turnover rates in the nursing workforce.

An active researcher, lecturer, and speaker, Dr. Everett is widely published on nursing management and patient care topics. She adds the NLN President's Award to previous honors, among them: American Academy of Nursing Fellow; Johnson & Johnson Wharton Fellows Program in Management for Nurse Executives at the University of Pennsylvania; and a Special Recognition Award from the Indiana School of Nursing Alumni Association. Other previous professional leadership positions include: president of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (2007); Magnet Hospital appraiser for the American Nurses Credentialing Center (2003-06); and numerous leadership roles in Sigma Theta Tau International, the Honor Society for Nursing, including international treasurer and treasurer for the STTI Foundation. She is the current board president for the Indiana Center for Nursing.