Assistant Dean, School of Nursing and Health Sciences
Professor of Nursing
Came to Tusculum: 2015
With a 40-year background in nursing, Dr. Linda Garrett has served in various positions, including nurse practitioner for several facilities, clinical director of the occupational health program at East Tennessee State University, interim chair of family and community nursing at ETSU, director of nurse practitioner specialties at ETSU, director of the family nurse practitioner program at Lincoln Memorial University and chair of graduate nursing programs at LMU, as well as several positions as an instructor and associate professor.
She earned her license in practical nursing from the Kingsport School of Nursing, and later her Bachelor of Science in nursing, Master of Science in nursing and doctorate in nursing from ETSU. She has also received certificates in basic life support, qualitative research, pediatric physical and sexual assault examination, legal nurse consultation, medicolegal death investigation and sexual assault examination.
At Lincoln Memorial University, Dr. Garrett developed the strategic plan, evaluation and curriculum for the Master of Science in Nursing program, which was approved by the SACS-COC and implemented in Fall 2014. She prepared the strategic plan and evaluation documents for the graduate nursing program, which was benchmarked by Educational Benchmarking Incorporated, and wrote the curriculum for the Post Master’s Doctor of Nursing Practice concentration in the graduate nursing program. In addition, she reviewed, wrote and edited the curriculum portion of the Council on Accreditation for Nurse Anesthesia for reaccreditation of the concentration for LMU, which received the maximum 10 years for accreditation with no follow-up report.
Dr. Garrett has been published in “Military Medicine,” “American Association of Occupational Health Nurses Journal,” “Journal of American Medical Directors Association,” “Journal of American Association of Nurse Practioners,” “Tennessee Medicine,” “Issues in Mental Health Nursing,” “Social Work in Health Care,” “Women & Health,” “International Library of Poetry” and “Clinician Reviews.”
She is also a member of several organizations, including the Tennessee Nurses Association, Northeast Tennessee Nurse Practitioner Association, National League of Nurses, Tennessee Association of Forensic Nurses, Sigma Theta Tau International (Epsilon Chapter), American Nurses Association and the National Association to Prevent Sexual Abuse of Children.