Sr. Linda Thiel joins Grand Rapids faculty

Healthy Times,
Winter 2002


Ask the newest member of the McAuley School of Nursing faculty to describe her career, and Linda Thiel, O.P., a Grand Rapids Dominican Sister, will tell you it’s “run the gamut from high tech to no tech.”

Thiel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and a Family Nurse Practitioner certificate at Purdue University-Calumet, and a Doctorate in Nursing from the Catholic University of America, where she later taught for five years.

She has experience in the acute care areas of medical-surgical nursing and critical care and management. She has worked with the elderly at a Dominican retirement and assisted-living facility, provided medical care to the poor in Appalachia, and researched home blood pressure monitors, the impact of “tele-health” in treating stroke victims at home, congestive heart failure and women’s health issues.

Today, she’s teaching physical assessment, research and pathophysiology to UDM nursing students in Grand Rapids, as part of the University’s partnership with Aquinas College and Saint Mary’s Mercy Medical Center.

Thiel says she was drawn to the program in part because of UDM’s vision and approach to nursing education.

“The leadership there was able to look at this side of the state, recognize a need and meet it by pulling together the resources of three different institutions,” she says. “They are committed to quality education, and that leads to quality nursing.”