Linda Scott, a professor and dean of the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s School of Nursing, has been named president-elect of the American Academy of Nursing.
“I am beyond honored to have been selected as president-elect by my peers,” said Dr. Scott, who served two terms on the academy’s board of directors from 2015 to 2019. “As we continue to respond to a global pandemic and social injustice, I look forward to collaborating with Academy Fellows to advance health policy, research, and practice that maximize equity, diversity, and inclusivity in our efforts toward the academy’s vision of healthy lives for all people.”
Dr. Scott became the eighth dean of the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016. Earlier she was associate dean for academic affairs, director of graduate studies, and urban health at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s College of Nursing. From 2009 to 2012, she served as associate dean for graduate programs for the Kirkhof College of Nursing at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan.
A fellow of the academy since 2008, Dr. Scott’s research focuses on the impact of fatigue and sleep deprivation on both nurses and their patients. She joined with other academy fellows in 2018 to publish a position statement calling for nurses and their employers to get educated on the health and safety risks of fatigue and long work hours.
Dr. Scott is a graduate of Michigan State University. She holds a master’s degree in nursing administration from Grand Valley State University and a Ph.D. in nursing health care systems from the University of Michigan.