Dr. Linda King has joined Ottawa University as assistant professor of nursing. She will also be the working as part of the lead faculty team charged with the facilitation and assessment of the University’s nursing program.
King brings a vast amount of professional education experience to her new role at Ottawa University. Prior to joining OU, she served the past two years as district nurse for West Franklin Unified Schools in Pomona, Kan., while at the same time working as an adjunct nursing professor for the University of St. Mary. Prior to that, King held two directorships at the University of St. Mary – Director of Online Master of Science Program and Director of Post-Licensure Nursing Programs. She served for 11 years at Baker University’s School of Nursing as an assistant professor She has taught at the associate degree, baccalaureate, and master's level of nursing throughout her career. She is licensed as a Certified Nurse Educator (CNE).
“Dr. Linda King is an outstanding educator with a rich background in the nursing profession and in nursing education,” said Dr. Terry Haines, University Provost and Chief Academic Office. “She brings a depth and breadth of experience in Nursing that will most assuredly have an extraordinary impact on our students now and throughout their careers. We are delighted to have Dr. King join our Nursing and University-wide faculty.”
Beyond her experience as an educator, King has been a working nurse in the hospital setting, in home health and at correctional institutions. She is licensed as both a Registered Nurse (RN) and an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). Her professional nursing experience included time on staff at Olathe Medical Center, Olathe, Kan.; Ransom Memorial Hospital, Ottawa, Kan.; and the Douglas and Franklin county jails in Kansas.
“I’m very excited to join the Ottawa University faculty team and resume my teaching career!” said King. “Teaching has always been the greatest joy of my nursing career besides caring for patients! I look forward to working with colleagues to maintain and develop the best nursing programs for OU students to help them ‘prepare for a life of significance’ in their careers and lives.”
Dr. Kathy Kump, Ottawa University’s director of nursing, said King is a welcomed addition to the University’s nursing faculty with her varied experience in the field.
“We are thrilled to have Dr. King on our nursing team here at OU!” said Kump. “Her impressive mix of front-line experience as a nurse, along with the many years she has spent as a nurse educator, make her a valuable asset in our effort to continue improving and growing our nursing program.”
King received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Pittsburg State University in Pittsburg, Kan., and her Master of Science in Nursing from the University of Kansas. She earned a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Kansas.