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Publish Date: 10/08/98
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Dean of the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing Named Associate Senior Vice President for Interdisciplinary Education Programs

Cincinnati--Andrea R. Lindell, RN, DNSc, dean of the University of Cincinnati (UC) College of Nursing, has been appointed associate senior vice president for interdisciplinary education programs for the UC Medical Center. Under Lindellís direction, the UC College of Nursing established graduate-degree programs to prepare certified nurse-midwives, nurse anesthetists, and nurse practitioners specializing in womenís health as well as in neonatal, family, and critical care.

In 1993, Lindell developed the Institute for Nursing Research in collaboration with University Hospital. In addition, she helped in the community placement of nurse-managed clinics that provide care to the mentally disabled, academically disadvantaged children, and indigent individuals. "She brings the energy and focus needed to get things done, and we believe that education of health professionals for the future will require several disciplines learning together in teams," says Donald Harrison, MD, senior vice president and provost for health affairs at the UC Medical Center. Harrison emphasized that Lindellís task will be to establish interdisciplinary programs of education for a wide group of health professions. She will assume her new responsibility as well as remaining dean of the College of Nursing and founder and interim dean of the new College of Allied Health Sciences.

Dean of the UC College of Nursing since 1990, Lindell has worked to make the curriculum more adapted to non-traditional students. She also helped implement a doctorate level of study for nursing education at UC. Before coming to UC, Lindell previously headed the schools of nursing at Oakland University and the University of New Hampshire.

"Our goal is to build better interdisciplinary relationships between education, service, and research both within and outside the university," says Lindell. "We also plan on continuing to establish partnerships with local businesses and corporations to improve the quality of health care services in the community."

Her published articles and book chapters involve research in several areas, including suicide prevention, the psychiatric complications of AIDS, and strategies for managing academic careers. Most recently, Lindellís research examined the changes in self-concept among institutionalized elderly patients in nursing homes and group homes. Last spring, she began a two-year term as president of the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

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