The Baylor-Baylor Relationship for Nursing

Tuesday, May 11 | 12 p.m. CDT

Baylor University's Louise Herrington School of Nursing healthcare leaders, Dr. Karla Ramberger, Chief Nursing Officer of Baylor University Medical Center and Dr. Linda Plank, Dean of LHSON sat down with Baylor Alumni to discuss why nurses are vital to the future and what makes a “Baylor-Baylor” nurse priceless!

For more than 111 years, the Louise Herrington School of Nursing in Dallas, Texas has graduated wonderful nurses who have followed their calling to be the hands and feet of Christ. Supporting this mighty effort, its neighbor Baylor University Medical Center of Dallas, has been a consistent partner. This valuable, synergistic relationship will no doubt continue and reach a bicentennial milestone!

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About our Guest Speakers

Dr. Linda PlankDr. Linda Plank, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

Dr. Linda Plank serves as Dean and Clinical Associate Professor of Baylor University's Louise Herrington School of Nursing. Previously, she served as Interim Dean, from July 2020 through April 2021, while also in the role of Clinical Associate Professor and Senior Associate Dean of Academic Affairs at the LHSON.

Dr. Plank earned her B.S. in nursing from Baylor, an M.S. from Texas Woman’s University and her Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Arlington. She is nationally certified by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) as a Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC).

After graduating from Baylor in 1977, she began as a registered nurse at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, where she worked for more than three decades as an RN, a nursing administrator and eventually as Vice President for Medical-Surgical Nursing. In 2008, she was recruited by her alma mater to begin a teaching career, starting as a nursing lecturer in 2009.

In April 2012, Plank was appointed Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the LHSON. In 2015, she added the newly created Clinical Track to her role, beginning with the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor and later promotion to Clinical Associate Professor in 2018. She has taught in the undergraduate program, the accelerated FastBacc BSN Track and the graduate program, including courses in Management and Leadership, Professional Nursing Development: Consumer of Research, Health Assessment Lab, Nursing Informatics, Issues in Health Care and Practice, and Budgeting and Health Care Finance for Nursing Leadership. In 2019, she was appointed Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Interim Dean on July 1, 2020.


Dr. Karla RambergerDr. Karla Ramberger, DNP, RN, NEA-BC

Dr. Karla Ramberger has served as Chief Nursing Officer (CNO) and Vice President of Baylor University Medical Center since April 2019. Baylor University Medical Center, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is a 1,025 bed, not-for-profit, Magnet® designated hospital in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Ramberger also has regional CNO oversight of Baylor Scott & White Medical Center Waxahachie.

Dr. Ramberger brings more than two decades of progressive leadership experience. Previous leadership roles included CNO at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center and Sunrise Children’s hospital in Nevada (2018 – 2019); Senior Vice President and Chief Nurse Executive for Methodist Health System in Dallas (2016 – 2018); CNO and Vice President for Patient Care Services at Methodist Dallas Medical Center (2011 – 2016); Director of Emergency Services at Methodist Mansfield Medical Center (2008 – 2011); Director Risk Management and Patient Safety at Methodist Dallas Medical Center (2002- 2008). Dr. Ramberger graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington in 1995 with her Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and she completed her Master of Science degree from University of Texas at Tyler in 2012. In 2016, Dr. Ramberger completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree at Rush University in Systems Leadership. Dr. Ramberger holds the national certification of Nurse Executive Advanced (NEA-BC) from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Dr. Ramberger’s professional organization memberships include Texas Organization of Nurse Leaders, American Organization of Nurse Leaders, and American Nurses Association. Dr. Ramberger serves as a Board member of The DFW Great 100 Nurses. Dr. Ramberger’s awards and honors include “60 Hospital and Health System CNOs to Know” from Becker’s Hospital Review 2017, D Magazine’s Excellence in Nursing 2012, Health Care Hero Award from Fort Worth Business Press 2011, Texas Nursing Excellence Award for Patient Advocacy 2000, and DFW Great 100 Nurse 1998.




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