Linda Tieman

Linda Tieman, RN, MN, FACHE

In 2004, after a long career in nursing and manage­ment, Linda Tieman was named execu­tive director of the newly-formed Washington Center for Nursing, a nonprofit created by state nursing leaders in the face of a looming shortage of nurses. WCN was to focus on nursing resources, educa­tion and workforce issues in Washington state.

The new center’s charge was expan­sive. It included educating the public, evalu­ating nursing educa­tion, building a database about the nursing workforce, facil­i­tating partner­ships to promote diver­sity, enhancing nursing career mobility and leader­ship devel­op­ment, and promoting strate­gies to enhance patient safety and quality patient care.

Tieman took charge and for the next 11 years tirelessly advocated for Washington’s nursing workforce and built a state nursing center that is a leader in the nation. Her substan­tial efforts set an example of what it means to engage nurses’ exper­tise, influ­ence and perspec­tive towards providing increased access to quality nursing care for all Washingtonians.

Tieman received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the Univer­sity of Cincin­nati in 1969 and went on to receive her Master of Science in Nursing degree from the Univer­sity of Florida in 1973. Tieman has held several direct-care and execu­tive roles, including serving as Director of Nursing at Scripps Health in La Jolla, California, and Vice Presi­dent for Patient Care at Mt. Carmel in Columbus, Ohio. In 1991, Tieman began her long career in Washington state working for Group Health Cooper­a­tive, where she served multiple counties throughout the state as a senior district admin­is­trator until accepting the new position as execu­tive director for the Washington Center for Nursing.

Under Tieman’s leader­ship, WCN promoted nursing career mobility and nursing leader­ship devel­op­ment through statewide workshops with acclaimed facil­i­ta­tors. These included the Leader­ship at the Point of Care” workshops throughout the state, designed specif­i­cally for staff and charge nurses, consis­tent with Tieman’s convic­tion that leader­ship is not reserved just for manage­ment, but that all nurses are leaders.

Tieman is a fierce promoter of the image of nursing. She spoke to thousands of students, commu­nity members and legis­la­tors about the rigorous quali­fi­ca­tions for nursing and the vital role that nurses play in the health care system. Tieman also co-led the Washington Nursing Action Coali­tion, which facil­i­tated impor­tant relation­ships with key stake­holders in the state, as well as nation­ally, to enhance nursing educa­tion and practice.

Under her tenure, WCN became a repos­i­tory of nursing workforce data and resources. Thousands of K‑12 students and their families learned more about careers in nursing through WCN’s partic­i­pa­tion in career fairs and other commu­nity events. WCN raised more than a $1 million for nursing schol­ar­ships through its partner­ship with the Johnson & Johnson Promise of Nursing for Washington Gala and acquired two Academic Progres­sion in Nursing grants from the Robert Wood Johnson Founda­tion to support the IOM’s Future of Nursing” recom­men­da­tions of having a more highly prepared, diverse nursing workforce that is poised to lead health care.

Tieman also served as a board member for Nurse​.com, a go-to” career resource for RNs and served as a co-lead for the Washington Nursing Action Coalition.

Tieman is a huge propo­nent of nurses serving on boards in their commu­ni­ties and has done so herself. Tieman has also been actively involved in her commu­nity, having served as chair of the Pierce County American Red Cross board, the Pierce County Preven­tion Partner­ship, and is currently on the board of the Pierce County Library Founda­tion. She also served as the presi­dent of the National Forum of State Nursing Workforce Centers.

Tieman received American Red Cross Clara Barton Merito­rious Volun­teer Award in 1996, the North­west Organi­za­tion of Nurse Execu­tives Trans­for­ma­tional Pioneer Award in 2013, and the WSNA Commu­nity Partner Recog­ni­tion Award in 2015, the Alumni Legacy Award from the Univer­sity of Cincin­nati College of Nursing in 2015 and the American College of Health­care Execu­tives Senior Leader­ship Award in 2016.

While Tieman retired from WCN in 2015, she continues to be an active propo­nent of nurses and the nursing workforce and their role to positively impact and trans­form commu­nity health outcomes across Washington and the country. Her contri­bu­tion to nursing through leader­ship of the Washington Center for Nursing will continue to advance nursing and health care in Washington state for generations.