• Profile of Linda Townsend
  • Instructor

    College of Nursing
    Helen Glass Centre for Nursing
    Room 481- 89 Curry Place
    University of Manitoba
    Winnipeg, Manitoba R3T 2N2

Teaching style

Linda Townsend strives to create an environment conducive to learning where students feel engaged and comfortable to participate in discussions and ask questions. Her goal is for students to connect what they learn in the classroom to the clinical practice setting in the best way possible.  Linda wants to get to know her students as individuals and enjoys learning about their interests and career aspirations. She encourages students to meet with her to seek clarification of class content or discuss study techniques so that she can help each student reach their maximum potential.


Linda is an instructor II at the College of Nursing at the UM’s Rady Faculty of Health Sciences. She is a course leader for health and illness theory, as well as a clinical course leader and senior practicum advisor. Linda first graduated from the nursing program at St. Boniface hospital where she continued her work as a registered nurse primarily in the specialty areas of neurosurgery, vascular surgery, plastic surgery, ENT surgery, GI surgery, head and neck surgery and oncology. Linda’s passion for teaching began when she was hired as clinical education facilitator for the College of Nursing. Her love for teaching inspired her to continue her education and enter the graduate nursing program at UM with the focus of nursing education. Her thesis study was entitled Success in the Clinical Setting: Nursing Students’ Perspectives. This research examined what nursing students considered the most important factors that influence their ability to be a successful student in the nursing program. The knowledge she gained from this work has been foundational to helping her nursing students succeed. Linda believes that lifelong learning is important and continues her growth as a professional with ongoing workshops and professional development courses.


  • Teaching and Learning Certificate, University of Manitoba Centre for Advanced Teaching and Learning Program (2019)
  • Master of Nursing, University of Manitoba (2012)
  • Baccalaureate Program for Registered Nurses (BPRN), University of Manitoba (2003)
  • Registered Nurse (RN), St Boniface Hospital School of Nursing (1989)    


  • Nominated for Nursing Students Association's Teaching in Excellence Award, University of Manitoba (2017)
  • Foundation for Registered Nurses Master’s Award (2012)               
  • Margaret Elder Hart Graduate Study Award University of Manitoba (2012)
  • Foundation for Registered Nurses, Master’s Award University of Manitoba (2011)

Contact us

College of Nursing
Helen Glass Centre for Nursing
89 Curry Place
University of Manitoba (Fort Garry Campus) 
Winnipeg, MB R3T 2N2 Canada