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Nursing Faculty Member Honored for Medical-Surgical Nursing Dedication

Posted: April 16, 2008

Dr. Linda Yoder

Dr. Linda Yoder

Dr. Linda Yoder, associate professor of nursing and director of the Nursing Systems Graduate Program, was recently honored by MEDSURG Nursing: The Journal of Adult Health   for dedication to medical-surgical nursing and patient care.

She and another nurse, Alison Smith, received the first Spirit of MEDSURG Nursing Award for the development and writing of the journal’s “Cancer: Conquering and Caring” column.

The column, sponsored by an educational grant from C-Change, debuted in 2005 and is a regular feature in the publication. It reports the latest information on cancer screening, prevention, smoking cessation, clinical trials, treatments, resources for nurses and patients and more.

Yoder, who also holds the Luci Baines Johnson Fellowship in Nursing, joined the School of Nursing in 2007. A retired U.S. Army Colonel, she has held numerous positions including tenures at the National Institutes of Health, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, McDonald Army Community Hospital, 121st Evacuation Hospital in Seoul, Korea and the U.S. Army Hospital in Vicenza, Italy.

While at Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, she developed a bone marrow transplant unit and a successful Nursing Research Service.

Yoder’s research focuses on problems encountered in clinical settings, disease management programs managed by advanced practice nurses, quality of life among the chronically ill and implementation of evidenced based practice to improve clinical care and patient outcomes.

She is also a graduate of the U.S. Army War College, earning a master’s of strategic studies. Her highest military award is the Legion of Merit with oak leaf cluster. The Daughters of the American Revolution and the Association of Military Surgeons of the United States, among others, also have honored her.