A professor of nursing at Grand Valley State University’s Kirkhof College of Nursing, Dr. Linda N. (Nicki) Grinstead has served as a member of the GVSU faculty since 1978. She spent over 6 years in full-time professional practice prior to her career in academia.
Grinstead’s former students commend her for encouraging them to be critical thinkers and compassionate care-givers. They describe her as approachable, supportive, knowledgeable, caring, and as someone they try to emulate in their own nursing practice. She is widely recognized for her easy-going nature and enduring concern for the personal and professional development of her students.
Grinstead received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a master’s in pediatric nursing and nursing education from the University of Florida. She earned her doctorate in college and university administration from Michigan State University.
She has authored numerous articles, papers and manuscripts on pediatric and family nursing and is a frequent lecturer and presenter.
Grinstead serves as faculty counselor for the Kappa Epsilon At-Large Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, the international Honor Society of Nursing, from whom she received the Outstanding Nursing Research Award in 2002. She is also a member of the National League for Nursing and the Society of Pediatric Nurses. She is a certified pediatric nurse and nurse educator, and earned GVSU’s Pew Excellence in Teaching Award in 2001.
Grinstead and her husband Bill currently reside in Grand Rapids. The couple has two sons, Paul and Nathan.