Commissioner – Linda Cockrell

Linda CockrellLinda K. Cockrell, MSN, RN

Linda K. Cockrell is the Program Leader for Health and Medical Sciences at Norfolk Technical Center, Norfolk Virginia. For the past 4 years, Ms. Cockrell has taught in the Practical Nursing Program and coordinated the Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, Pharmacy Technician, and Home Health Aid Programs at the Tech Center. Ms. Cockrell has 30 years of nursing education experience, most of which has been in the Diploma Program. In addition, she has 9 years of experience in clinical practice as a cardiac ICU nurse and later as a clinical specialist. Ms. Cockrell received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and a Master of Science in Nursing from Virginia Commonwealth University/ Medical College of Virginia.

Ms. Cockrell has served as an ACEN program evaluator since 1994 and served one term on the ACEN Review Panel for Diploma Programs and one term on the ACEN Review Panel for Practical Nursing Programs.

Ms. Cockrell has served on the Board of Directors for the Virginia League for Nursing, as President of the Assembly of Hospital Schools of Nursing in Virginia, and a member of the ACEN Subcommittee on Standards and Criteria. Other professional memberships include the National League for Nursing (NLN); Virginia Nurses Association (VNA), District IV; Virginia Council of Directors of Practical Nursing Programs; Virginia Health Occupations Educators of America, Region II; Association of Career and Technical Educators, and Virginia Association of Career and Technical Educators.

Mrs. Cockrell is a member of Foundry United Methodist Church where she is Discipleship chair, sings in the choir, and volunteers at the Food Pantry. She is an active member of the Tidewater Emmaus Community where she as been Community and Weekend Lay Directors. She is an active volunteer with the Judeo-Christian Outreach Mission and Volunteers of America (homeless campaign). She is active with the American Red Cross Blood Drives and she sponsors children in Guatemala and the Philippines.

Mrs. Cockrell has been inducted into Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Gamma Omega Chapter; been a co-recipient of a Sentara Hospitals CEO Award for nursing curriculum and program redesign; and recently received the Outstanding Service Award from Virginia Health Occupation Educators of America.