About Linda Norman

Linda Norman
Linda Norman DSN, RN, FAAN is a the Valere Potter Menefee Professor in Nursing and Dean of Vanderbilt School of Nursing. Dr. Norman is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in nursing and health profession education. She was named dean of the Vanderbilt University School of Nursing in July 2013. Prior to that, she served in a variety of capacities at the school for more than 22 years, including as Senior Associate Dean of Academics. During her tenure, she had led innovative curriculum transformations, introduced several new academic programs and helped VUSN rise to become one of the top graduate nursing programs in the country.  Dean Norman started her career as a staff nurse on a neurosurgical unit in Virginia and expanded her role in nursing after graduate school to care of the chronically ill in Southwest Virginia. She found herself drawn to nursing education as a way to make a profound difference on the profession she loves. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Virginia, where she received the Distinguished Alumna Award in 2014, and earned her DSN from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.