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Linda Rath, Ph.D. R.N.C., N.N.P. - B.C. (2009)
Associate Professor (School of Nursing)


Dr. Linda L. Rath is an Associate Professor and is currently serving as the BSN Program Director, ad interim in the School of Nursing. Prior to that she served for 18 years in the Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Program as faculty and then as Program Director in the Master’s Program of the School of Nursing. Her educational background includes a Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing (University of Texas Medical Branch), a Master of Science in Nursing (Vanderbilt University) with a functional major in Maternal/Infant nursing, with preparation to function as either a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner [NNP] or a Clinical Nurse Specialist [CNS], a Bachelor of Science degree (Lynchburg College) and a diploma in Nursing (Virginia Baptist Hospital, Lynchburg, Virginia). She maintains national certification as a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner and is recognized by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners as an Advanced Practice Nurse. Dr. Rath has over 35 years of professional nursing experience in general and critical care pediatric/neonatal nursing and 25 years as a neonatal nurse practitioner (NNP) in major medical centers. She has used her clinical expertise to develop the NNP Program at the UTMB School of Nursing. In order to make education for this advanced nursing specialty available to nurses outside the local area, Dr. Rath revised the program to be taught by distance education technology, initially through interactive live broadcasts, and then in web-based format for on-line teaching. Dr. Rath has served on local, state and national committees for maternal/child and neonatal care, and she is active in state and national Nursing and NNP organizations. She has presented at local, state and national conferences in the areas of advanced neonatal nursing care, and neonatal research. Her research interests include salivary cortisol as a measurement of neonatal stress, and the use of prayer as a clinical management adjunct. Publications have included a book chapter, journal article, national Neonatal Transport Standards and Guidelines, and Education Guidelines and Curriculum Standard for Neonatal Nurse Practitioner Programs.

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