M. Lindell Joseph, PhD, RN, FAAN

smlauraDr. Lindell Joseph is a healthcare leader, innovator, researcher, and professor. She is a clinical professor and the director of the MSN/CNL Program at the University of Iowa College of Nursing and the CEO and lead nurse researcher for Courageous Healthcare Inc.

Through mixed methods studies, Lindell and Dr. Richard Bogue co-developed the General Effectiveness Multilevel Theory for Shared Governance (GEMS Theory), the only program theory for shared governance in nursing practice. GEMS is a systematic, evidence-based approach that prepares nursing leadership to gain higher productivity from the nursing work force and that enables nursing practice councils to become increasingly effective through three phases of shared governance. She serves as a consultant for GEMS through Courageous Healthcare.

In 2018, Lindell was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing. From 2016-2018, she served both on the American Organization for Nurse Executives board of directors and as an ex-officio member, on the American Hospital Association, Regional Policy Board for Region 6 (Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas, North Dakota, and South Dakota). In 2014-2016, Lindell served on the board of directors for Council on Graduate Education for Administration in Nursing and was the vice president for Programs and Professional Development. While in that role, she served as the chair for the International Nursing Administration Research Conference in 2014 and 2016.

Before joining Courageous Health Care and the University of Iowa, Lindell was the co-developer  and lead research scientist for an eight-hospital healthcare system nursing research and innovation program for Advent Health in the southern United States. In that role, she managed the knowledge enterprise for evidence-based nursing and leadership practice. Lindell used research and evaluation methods to enable leadership effectiveness and nursing practice council effectiveness. She also evaluated work place cultures and social systems to redesign leadership practices, nursing practice, and patient care. Early in her career, Lindell co-developed and directed the Center for Continuing Education. In that role she, directed corporate-level interdisciplinary continuing education, using creative teaching strategies, multiple levels of evaluations, and industry partnerships.