Spring 2011: Dr. Linda Cronenwett

Linda Cronenwett, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, is the Beerstecher Blackwell Term Professor and former dean of the School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She earned her master's degree in parent-child nursing from the University of Washington and her undergraduate and doctoral degrees in nursing from the University of Michigan. Prior to her appointment as dean, she was the Sarah Frances Russell Distinguished Professor of Nursing Systems at UNC Chapel Hill. From 1984-98, she was an administrator in the Department of Nursing, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, and provided leadership in nursing and inter-professional research utilization and quality-improvement projects.

Dr. Cronenwett is the principal investigator of a national initiative, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses, currently in its third phase of funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. She also is the nursing program director for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows Program, in partnership with David Altman of the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC. She serves as a member of the board of directors of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation and the North Carolina Institute of Medicine, and is chair of the board of the North Carolina Center for Hospital Quality and Patient Safety. She is an appointed member of the Special Medical Advisory Group on Veterans Affairs.

Dr. Cronenwett is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and the North Carolina Institute of Medicine. Her past service includes terms of office on the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research at the National Institutes of Health; editorial advisory boards of Applied Nursing Research, Online Journal of Knowledge Synthesis for Nursing, Journal of Nursing Measurement, theJoint Commission Journal of Quality Improvement; and numerous offices in professional associations, including president of the New Hampshire Nurses Association and chair of the American Nurses Association's Congress of Nursing Practice.