Linda Cronenwett, PhD, RN, FAAN

Dean Emeritus and Professor


The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
School of Nursing
Carrington Hall, CB #7460
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7460

Office: 5016

Dr. Cronenwett is the Co-Director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Executive Nurse Fellows program. She is also Dean Emeritus and Professor of the School of Nursing, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to her appointment as Dean, she was the Sarah Frances Russell Distinguished Professor of Nursing Systems at UNC-Chapel Hill.  From 1984-98, she was an administrator in the Department of Nursing, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, providing leadership in nursing professional practice, research utilization and quality improvement initiatives. In 2012, she completed seven years as principal investigator of a national initiative, Quality and Safety Education for Nurses, with four phases of funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Dr. Cronenwett earned her master’s degree in parent-child nursing from the University of Washington and her undergraduate and doctoral degrees in nursing from the University of Michigan.  She is an elected fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the National Academies of Practice, and the North Carolina Institute of Medicine.  The numerous offices she held in professional organizations include president of the New Hampshire Nurses Association, chair of the American Nurses Association’s Congress of Nursing Practice, and secretary of the American Academy of Nursing.  In addition, she has served terms of office on the National Institutes of Health National Advisory Council for Nursing Research, the Special Medical Advisory Group on Veterans’ Affairs, and co-chaired the Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Identifying and Preventing Medication Errors.

Dr. Cronenwett recently completed service as a member of the Board of Directors of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (2005-2011), the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (2007-2014), and as past-Chair (2011-2013) and Board member (2007-2015) of the North Carolina Quality Center Board of the North Carolina Hospital Association.  She currently serves on the board of the Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation, New York City.

Dr. Cronenwett is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including the Dorothy Garrigus Adams Founder’s Award for Fostering Professional Standards from Sigma Theta Tau International (2009), the Jessie Scott Award for Advancing Nursing Practice, Education and Research from the American Nurses Association (2012), the 25th Anniversary Sustained Influential Leader Award, Eastern Nursing Research Society (2013), and the President’s Award for contributions to improving the quality and safety of healthcare from the American Academy of Nursing (2013).

Recent publications include:


  • Cronenwett, L., & Dzau V. In: Culliton B., Russell, S. (editors). (2010). Who will provide primary care and how will they be trained? Proceedings of a Conference Sponsored by the Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation, Durham, N.C. New York: Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation.  Available at
  • Aspden, P., Wolcott, J.A., Bootman, J.L., & Cronenwett, L.R. (Eds).  (2007).  Preventing medication errors.  Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, Committee on Identifying and Preventing Medication Errors.  Washington, DC:  The National Academies Press.


  • Cronenwett, L.R, & Ironside, P.M. (2012). Triangle synergies in a national quality and safety initiative in nursing.  In P. Batalden & T. Foster (Eds.) Sustainably improving health care: Creatively linking care outcomes, system performance and professional development (pp. 159-174). London: Radcliffe Publishing Ltd.
  • Cronenwett, L. (2012). A national initiative: Quality and safety education for nurses (QSEN). In G. Sherwood & J. Barnsteiner (Eds.) Quality and safety in nursing: A competency approach to improving outcomes (pp.49-64).  Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.


  • Cronenwett, L.R. (2012)  Molding the future of advanced practice nursing. (Originally published in 1995; Reprinted in Nursing Outlook’s Special 60th Anniversary Issue with commentary). Nursing Outlook, 60(5), 241-249.
  • Cronenwett, L., Dracup, K., Grey, M., McCauley, L., Meleis, M., & Salmon, M. (2011). The Doctor of Nursing Practice: A national workforce perspective. Nursing Outlook, 59(1), 9-17.
  • Pohl, J.M., Hanson, C., Newland, J.A., & Cronenwett, L. (2010). Unleashing nurse practitioners’ potential to deliver primary care and lead teams. Health Affairs, 29(5), 900-905.
  • Cronenwett, L., Sherwood, G., Pohl, J., Barnsteiner, J., Moore, S., Sullivan, D.T., Ward, D., & Warren, J. (2009). Quality and safety education for advanced nursing practice. Nursing Outlook, 57(6), 338-348.
  • Cronenwett, L., Sherwood, G., & Gelmon, S.B.  (2009).  Improving quality and safety education: The QSEN Learning Collaborative. Nursing Outlook, 57(6), 304-312.
  • Cronenwett, L., Sherwood, G., Barnsteiner, J., Disch, J., Johnson, J., Mitchell, P, & Warren, J. (2007).  Quality and safety education for nurses.  Nursing Outlook, 55(3), 122-131.
  • Smith, E. L., Cronenwett, L., & Sherwood, G.  (2007).  Current assessments of quality and safety education in nursing.  Nursing Outlook, 55(3), 132-137.
  • Lynn, J., Baily, M.A., Bottrell, M., Jennings, B., Levine, R.J., Davidoff, F., et al. (2007). The ethics of using quality improvement methods in health care.  Annals of Internal Medicine146(9), 666-673.
  • Dracup, K., Cronenwett, L., Meleis, A., & Benner, P. (2005).  Reflections on the doctorate of nursing practice.  Nursing Outlook53(4), 177-182.