Linda L. Olson, PhD, MSN, MBA, RN, NEA-BC has held various positions in nursing practice, nursing administration, and nursing education, both in service and academic settings. She currently directs the Institute of Regulatory Excellence Fellowship Program at the National Council of State Boards of Nursing. This fellowship program prepares its fellows to conduct research projects that contribute to the science of nursing regulation. Prior to this, she was Professor and Dean of the School of Nursing at North Park University in Chicago, Illinois, and a former tenured Associate Professor in the graduate program at St. Xavier University in Chicago. Her areas of teaching expertise include nursing research at the undergraduate and graduate levels, health care policy and ethics, and health care leadership. She is currently an adjunct professor at Loyola University of Chicago, where she has taught courses in nursing ethics at the undergraduate level, and health care policy at the doctoral level with PhD students.
Dr. Olson completed a PhD in nursing science at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where her research focused on the topic of ethics and organizational climate. The instrument she developed as a component of her dissertation research, the Hospital Ethical Climate Survey, has been used by numerous nursing and healthcare researchers nationally and internationally. Dr. Olson served on the Code of Ethics Taskforce, which resulted in the 2001 revision of the Code. She has also served on the ANA Congress on Nursing Practice and Economics, and as a delegate from Illinois to the ANA House of Delegates. She has published chapters in the ANA publications on Guide to the Code of Ethics for Nurses: Interpretation and Application (2008, 2010), and The Essential Guide to Nursing Practice: Applying ANA’s Scope and Standards in Practice and Education (2012).