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Lynda Olender, PhD, RN, ANP, NEA-BC


Distinguished Lecturer

Director of Graduate Programs


Telephone: 212-481-3478

Office: Brookdale Campus, Room 413W



PhD, Nursing, Seton Hall University

Post-Master's Certificate, Adult Nurse Practitioner, Adelphi University

MS, Nursing Administration, New York Univeristy

BSN, Nursing, College of Staten Island, CUNY

RN, King's County Hospital School of Nursing


Lynda Olender joins Hunter College as a Distinguished Nurse Lecturer in Nursing. In this capacity, she brings over 40 years of experience from a variety of healthcare settings. She has served as an international healthcare clinical consultant for Creative Healthcare Management, a nurse practitioner in Care Management, and within an administrative role, as the Chief Nursing Officer at the James J. Peters VAMC, Bronx New York. Her academic experience includes working as an Assistant Professor of Nursing at New York University, and most recently, as an Adjunct Professor at both Seton Hall University and Hunter College School of Nursing. She also serves as an Executive Consultant and Nurse Researcher at the James J. Peters VAMC. In this role she has served as Co-Principal Investigator of an AONE seed grant-awarded study looking at the impact of a professional practice model with shared governance (PPMSG) on caring, work engagement and work empowerment in interdisciplinary staff within a tertiary inpatient VA healthcare setting.

Dr. Olender received her original nursing training at Kings County Hospital School of Nursing, her baccalaureate degree in nursing from the College of Staten Island, her master's degree in nursing administration at New York University, her post-master's certificate as an adult nurse practitioner at Adelphi, and her doctorate in nursing at Seton Hall University. Attesting to the merit of her doctoral work, she is the recipient of a Sigma Theta Tau grant to support her dissertation designed to examine the relationship between nurse manager caring and workplace bullying in nursing.

Throughout her career, Dr. Olender has studied academic and clinical nursing workplace incivility and bullying among peers and faculty. To that end, she has authored numerous publications and book chapters to create awareness of its prevalence and insidious nature, as well as making recommendations for the minimization and/or eradication of disruptive behavior in these settings. She has presented this work to a variety of audiences. She brings her passion for creating a culture of regard, both to academic and clinical venues and specifically within her new role as Distinguished Nurse Lecturer at Hunter College of Nursing.

Dr. Olender is active within her profession and her local community as well. Currently, she serves on the Board of the Greater New York Organization for Nurse Executives and Leaders where she has served as a Treasurer, and now as liaison for Research within the New York Organization of Nurse Executives and Leaders.


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