Linda Carpenter: In Her Own Words

As Interviewed by Avery Evans, March 1, 2018
"Everything got better because they had access to care."
Linda Carpenter: In Her Own Words

Introductory Profile: About Linda Carpenter, Ph.D, RN

Linda Carpenter is a nurse, teacher, and my grandmother. Her career started in Albuquerque where she went to the University of New Mexico (UNM) and graduated with her BS in Nursing. While she was an undergraduate student, she worked as a pediatric nurse at the UNM hospital. Years later, when my dad was a teenager, she enrolled at The University of Arizona and received her PhD in Higher Education Administration.

Since then, Dr. Carpenter has influenced many next-generation nurses, and developed the broader role of a nurse practitioner. She served as Associate Dean for Student Affairs at the UT School of Nursing from 2003-2017, as well as a supporter of, and a volunteer at, the Del Valle Children's Wellness Center. In the interview we discussed her work in health care over many decades, and the role she played helping provide services for underprivileged communities. Through her life she has been an advocate for higher education and health care for those in low-income communities.