Walsh Announces New School of Nursing and Names Dean
What's New, 2011-10-17
Walsh University President Richard Jusseaume is pleased to announce that the Division of Nursing has become the University's second comprehensive school with the formation of the new Walsh School of Nursing this fall. The development of a formal "school" is the natural progression for the growing nursing division and will provide new opportunities to further expand on the division's solid reputation for producing graduates of the highest caliber ready to meet the needs of an ever-changing health care industry. With the latest addition of two graduate level programs (Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice), the nursing program at Walsh has maintained a solid record of climbing enrollment with students who have consistently scored among the highest pass rates on the state licensure exams.
In addition, the University has appointed Dr. Linda Linc, the former division of nursing chair, as the school's new dean.
Dr. Linda Linc first came to Walsh in 1980 as director of the associate program and assistant professor of nursing while pursuing her Ph.D. Prior to Walsh, she served as a faculty member, nurse clinician and clinical nurse specialist in Canton at Aultman Hospital from 1975 to 1981 and as a staff nurse at University Hospitals in Cleveland from 1973 to 1975. During her first tenure at Walsh, she was instrumental in developing the curriculum for Walsh's associate's degree program in nursing. She left Walsh in 1982 for The University of Akron where she served in various roles such as assistant professor, coordinator of alternative sequences, associate professor, professor and interim associate dean for the graduate programs until 2006. During that time, the Walsh program continued to grow, adding an RN-BSN track and a baccalaureate degree in 1999 when they began to phase out the associate's program.
Dr. Linda Linc, who earned her BSN, MSN and Ph.D. from Kent State University and completed her post-doctoral work in physiology from The University of Akron, returned to Walsh in July 2006 to serve as the nursing division chair. Her return heralded an era of renewed interest in the field of nursing as the national health care industry began reporting a nursing shortage across the United States. In 2006, the Walsh Division of Nursing was comprised of eight faculty members. Today that number has more than doubled, with 18 members on staff and approximately 500 undergraduate students enrolled in the nursing and pre-nursing program, making it the largest major on campus. In 2007, newly expanded facilities were completed, including additional office and classroom space, a virtual reality laboratory with simulation devices and an updated computer lab.