Jonas V Nurse Leader Scholar

Linda Banks, MSN, MS, RN

University of Tennessee-Knoxville
PhD Student

I am enrolled in the PhD Nursing program at University of TN, Knoxville. As a nurse and educator, I have worked in management positions in the classroom and clinical settings with clients and students across a variety of backgrounds. My expertise in nursing is medical-surgical, neurology, cardiology and orthopedics, in classroom, clinical, and distance education settings. I am skilled in curriculum design, management, and legal-ethical issues. I have a post-master's certificate in Global Disaster Nursing including coursework in global health and security threats, global issues in delivering healthcare during disaster, and topics relevant to disaster leadership. Coursework focus also included establishing effective community engagement, disaster and health relief, and improvements to the built environment in rural communities. I have worked with an intercollaborative team to design infrastructure that can address chronic health conditions and clean water needs in rural Appalachia through UT's Appalachia Community Wellness Disaster and Readiness Project. Additionally, I enjoy leading students on transcultural healthcare trips and coordinating conversation partners to assist new immigrants as they transition to life in an English-speaking culture. My interests include bridging the theory to practice gap through innovative curriculum design and strengthening partnerships between nursing educators with clinical practice settings, and advocating for change for those experiencing limited access to health care through health care policy. I look forward to networking with other Jonas Scholars to build partnerships across health and policy sectors to strengthen nursing education and improve healthcare outcomes, while advancing the mission of the Jonas Center for Nursing Excellence.