Linda Taylor, the director of undergraduate studies with NIU’s School of Nursing understands the staffing challenges facing the nursing profession. She can speak about the expected wave of retirements over the next decade, the need for a more diverse nursing workforce that better reflects the cultural make up of America and, most importantly, how it all can affect the everyday medical care of patients.
Taylor’s background as a nurse, as well as her work to increase access to nursing education among underserved and minority groups, help shape her insights on the current state of the workforce and how it impacts patients.
As the founding dean of nursing at the College of Menominee in Keshena, Wis., Taylor was responsible for development and implementation of a nursing program for American Indians. She later oversaw the program at Fortis College with a student population that was predominantly Hispanic and African American.