Heitman Appointed to SLU School of Nursing Executive Advisory Board

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Dr. Linda Heitman, professor of nursing at Southeast Missouri State University, has been appointed to the Executive Advisory Board of the Saint Louis University School of Nursing.

The Executive Advisory Board provides actions and activities for the betterment of the School of Nursing. One of these actions is to provide a connection with the professional and nursing community to act as a sounding board for new and important trends in nursing, healthcare and consumer awareness that impacts nursing education and research.

Heitman has served on the Southeast nursing faculty since 1988 where she teaches critical care and nursing research courses in the University’s Department of Nursing. Her research specializes in cardiovascular nursing and organ transplantation.

She has been a valuable asset in the development of the Adult Health II undergraduate course and the clinical nurse specialist graduate program. She also has served on the Faculty Senate and Benefits Committee, and as the charter president of Southeast’s Lambda Theta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. She is currently a member of the Jane Stephens Honors Program faculty.

She is currently working on a grant with Mid America Transplant Association in St. Louis to develop an online learning program on organ donation for undergraduate nursing students in the 72 schools of nursing in their service region.

Heitman graduated from Barnes Hospital School of Nursing in 1972. She graduated from Southeast in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She earned a Master of Science in Nursing (Research) in 1987 and a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing in 2001, both from Saint Louis University. She is certified in Advanced Practice Nursing as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist.

She began her professional nursing career as a staff nurse in the critical care units at Southeast Hospital, the forerunner to SoutheastHEALTH, in Cape Girardeau, and upon completion of her master’s degree she served as a clinical nurse specialist/case manager and coordinator for its Regional Heart Center.

She has been featured in an array of scholarly publications and is a reviewer for “The Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing.” She has presented both nationally and internationally on clinical nursing topics.

Heitman owns and manages a consulting service in advanced practice nursing and has served as a consultant for the critical care units of SoutheastHEALTH and Saint Francis Medical Center. Last fall, Heitman was honored with a Saint Louis University’s Alumni Merit Award.