Alabama Nurse

2004 Convention Keynote Speaker, The

2004 Convention Keynote Speaker, The

The Honorable Linda J. Stierle, MSN, RN, CNAA, BC, a nurse leader with more than 30 years diverse management experience in health care operations, is presently CEO of ANA and ANF.

In this capacity, Stierle develops and implements programs designed to meet the vision and goals of the association. She represents the ANA within and outside of the nursing community to articulate the values, beliefs and principles that define ANA as an integrated, multipurpose organization and to improve the public’s perception of nursing. With approximately 200 staff members and a $34 million enterprise-wide annual budget, ANA is one of the largest associations in the Washington metropolitan area.

In addition, Stierle, a long-time member of the Texas Nurses Association until 2000 when she transferred her membership to the Maryland Nurses Association and was instrumental in the creation of ANA’s newest constituency for nurses in the uniformed services, the Federal Nurses Associations.

Stierle retired as a Brigadier General in the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps. During her career she held various clinical and management positions including chief nursing officer at Lackland Air Force Base, the Air Force’s largest medical center and at the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing Hospital, Royal Air Force in Lakenheath, England. From 1995 until her retirement on February 1, 2000, she was assigned to Boiling Air Force Base, Washington, DC as director, medical readiness and was the twelfth Chief of the United States Air Force Corps. In these roles she shared responsibilities for the development of health care policy in support of 46,000 personnel, 80 medical treatment facilities and oversight of a $4.5B budget. She developed policies affecting 19,000 nursing personnel in active and reserve components and was responsible for training, organizing and equipping all Air Force medics.

Her military awards include the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit with one oak leaf cluster, Meritorious Service Medal with three oak leaf clusters, Ak Force Commendation Medal, Air Force Achievement Medal, and National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Star.

In 2002, President Bush appointed her to a five-year term on the Board of Regents of the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and she currently serves as vice-chair. In addition, she is a member of the Consumer Advisory Board of the American Academy of Family Physicians.

Stierle earned a Master’s of Science in Nursing from the University of California, San Franciso, a Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing from Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, Texas, and a diploma in nursing from Spartanburg General Hospital in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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