College of Nursing

Linda Ward

Linda Ward

Assistant Professor
Linda Ward
Assistant Professor
(509) 324-7450
(509) 324-7341
WSU College of Nursing
PO Box 1495
Spokane, WA 99210-1495

Dr. Ward’s early career was as a laboratorian, working in analytic chemistry and clinical microbiology. In 1995, she turned to the nursing profession, earning a BSN and working as an RN as she continued her education to become a family nurse practitioner and nurse educator. In 2003, she completed a fellowship in genetics at the National Institutes of Health, which led her to pursue a nursing doctoral degree. Her dissertation and current research focus on integrating genetics and genomics into nursing education. She developed the Genomic Nursing Concept Inventory (GNCI), an instrument to measure knowledge of genetic and genomic concepts essential to nursing practice. The GNCI has been validated among nursing students, nursing faculty and practicing nurses, and data inform evidence-based approaches to genomic nursing education. Dr. Ward has published several manuscripts around genomic nursing education and holds a genetic nurse education expert designation through the National Human Genome Research Institute. She has also written book chapters in genetics. Dr. Ward is currently an assistant professor at Washington State University College of Nursing. She served on the editorial board of G2C2, an NIH-based repository of genetic and genomic education resources and recently completed a four-year term on the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC) with the CDC. She oversees clinical practice at the Community Colleges of Spokane Student Health Center, where she works as a nurse practitioner one day a week.


  • PhD, Washington State University College of Nursing, Spokane, WA
  • MSN, Washington State University College of Nursing, Spokane, WA
  • BSN, Washington State University, Yakima, WA
  • BS (Microbiology) University of Washington, Seattle, WA



Genetics and genomics, genetic/genomic nursing education


  • International Society of Nurses Genetics, 2004-present
  • Sigma Theta Tau International, 2007-present
  • American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 2000-present
  • National Coalition for Health Professional Education in Genetics, 2009-2012
  • Nurse Practitioner Group of Spokane, 2004-2012


  • Sigma Theta Tau International. Delta Chi Chapter-At-Large Excellence in Nursing Research Award. Presented March 28, 2017 at the STTI Induction and Awards Ceremony, Spokane, WA.
  • International Society of Nurses in Genetics (ISONG) Founders Award, in recognition of excellence in genomic nursing education, 2016
  • Designated Genetic Nurse Expert, National Human Genome Research Institute, 2009


Read, C. Y., & Ward, L. D. (in press). Misconceptions about genomics among nursing faculty and students. Nurse Educator. Accepted August 1, 2017.

Ward, L. D., Barbosa-Leiker, C., & French, B. F. (in press). Item and structure evaluation of the Genomic Nursing Concept Inventory. Journal of Nursing Measurement. Accepted May 4, 2017.

Ward, L. D. (e-pub ahead of print April 5, 2017). Utilizing biology education research and qualitative inquiry to inform genomic nursing education. Nurse Educator. doi:10.1097/NNE.0000000000000378

Ward, L. D., French, B. F., Barbosa-Leiker, C., & Iverson, A.E.F. (2016). Application of exploratory factor analysis and item response theory to validate the Genomic Nursing Concept Inventory. Journal of Nursing Education, 55(1), 9-17. doi:10.3928/01484834-20151214-05

Ward, L. D., Purath, J., Barbosa-Leiker, C. (2016). Assessment of genomic literacy among baccalaureate nursing students in the United States: A feasibility study. Nurse Educator, 41(6), 1-5. doi:10.1097/NNE.0000000000000272

Ward, L. D., Bray, B., Odom-Maryon, T., Richardson, B., Purath, J., Woodard, L., Kobayashi, R., Beary, J. Willson, M., Clauser, J., Fitzgerald, C. (2016). Development, implementation and evaluation of a longitudinal interprofessional education project. Journal of Interprofessional Education & Practice, 3, 35-41. doi:10.1016/j.xjep.2016.04.003

McCabe, M., Ward, L.D., & Ricciardi, C. (2016) Web-based assessment of genomic knowledge among practicing nurses: A validation study. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing, 47(4), 189-196.

Read, C. Y., & Ward, L. D. (2016) Faculty performance on the Genomic Nursing Concept Inventory. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 48(1), 5-13. doi:10.1111/jnu.12175

Senger, B.A., Ward, L. D., Barbosa-Leiker, C. L., & Bindler, R. C. (2016). The parent experience of caring for a child with a mitochondrial disease. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 31(1), 32-41. doi:10.1016/j.pedn.2015.08/007

Senger, B.A., Ward, L. D., Barbosa-Leiker, C. L., & Bindler, R. C. (2016). Stress and coping of parents caring for a child with mitochondrial disease. Applied Nursing Research, 29(1), 195-201. doi:10.1016/j.apnr.2015.03.010

Ward, L. D., Haberman, M., & Barbosa-Leiker, C. (2014) Development and psychometric evaluation of the Genomic Nursing Concept Inventory. Journal of Nursing Education, 53(9). 511-518. doi:10.3928/01484834-20140806-04

Book chapters:

Ward, L. D. Genetic and developmental disorders, in Copstead & Banasik (in press) Pathophysiology, 6th ed: Saunders Elsevier.

Ward, L. D. Genetic and genomic influences in maternal, newborn, and child health, in London, M. L., & Ladewig, P. W. (2017). Maternal and Child Nursing Care, 5th ed: Pearson Prentice Hall.

Ward, L. D. The Health History: Family health history, in D’Amico, D., & Barbarito, C. (2016). Health and Physical Assessment in Nursing, 3rd ed: Pearson Prentice Hall.

Ward, L. D. Genetic and genomic care, in Ball, Bindler, & Cowan (2014). Principles of Pediatric Nursing: Caring for Children 6th ed: Prentice Hall.

Ward, L. D. Genetic and genomic influences, in Ball, Bindler, & Cowan (2013) Child Health Nursing, 3rd ed: Prentice Hall.   updated 1/31/17

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