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Nadine Linendoll presented with Connell Award

Nadine Linendoll, Ph.D.'08 was presented with the Connell Award, the highest honor a BC nursing student can attain, at this year's commencement ceremony.

Nadine Linendoll, Ph.D.'08 was presented with the Connell Award, the highest honor a BC nursing student can attain, at this year's commencement ceremony. Linendoll has focused her studies on the connection between spirituality and health care. Currently working as a neuro-oncology nurse practitioner, Linendoll strives to give strong emotional and spiritual support to patients with brain tumors as well as to their families. "During an illness, the family caregiver becomes very important, and my work aims to improve the caregiving experience through education and support," Linendoll remarks. "BC has prepared me well to deliver this holistic, comprehensive care." Prior to starting at BC, Linendoll completed a Master's in Divinity at Boston University focusing on pastoral care, and worked as a chaplaincy intern at Brigham and Women's Hospital.

Described as a "humble, quiet, centered and calm individual," Linendoll's professors and peers have the very highest praise for her work ethic and demeanor. Associate Professor Ellen Mahoney, who served as chair for Linendoll's dissertation titled Family CaregiversÂ’ Perceived Symptom Distress of Persons with a Primary Malignant Brain Tumor, attests to the value of Linendoll's work, emphasizing that her thesis "gives a new lens to enrich understanding of the interaction between the experiences of patients and caregivers, building a foundation for future therapeutic interventions." Mahoney calls Linendoll an "extraordinary young woman" whose work "embodies the knowledge-research-practice interconnectedness that epitomizes the discipline of nursing."

Assistant Clinical Professor Stacey Barone also notes with pride that Linendoll's "young and thoughtful approach was well appreciated by the students who very much enjoyed hearing her lecture about her practice as a neuroscience nurse practitioner. She has great promise as a clinician, nurse researcher and teacher. Her human, spiritual and skilled approach to her patients and the discipline is an excellent example of the limitless potential of nursing at its finest."

The Connell Award is named for the late Boston-area businessman and philanthropist William F. Connell, for whom the nursing school was also named in 2003. When Linendoll entered the MS/Ph.D. program in September of 03, that dedication was one of the first activities she attended at BC. "I was very impressed with Mr. Connell's strong work ethic, community service and commitment to family," Linendoll states. "I am so honored to receive this award in honor of him. It inspires me to live up to his high standards, and make him proud of the graduates of Boston College School of Nursing."