Linda Merritt, Ph.D., RNC-NIC, CNE

Assistant Professor


Linda Merritt, Ph.D., RNC-NIC, CNE

IHSD 7619


Linda Merritt holds a Ph.D. in Nursing Science from Texas Woman’s University, a Master’s of Science in Nursing degree from Baylor University in Dallas and a Bachelor’s degree in Nursing from the College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College) in Ewing, N.J. She holds current licensure and certification in the State of Texas and formerly in New Jersey, Maryland, Ohio and Massachusetts. Specialty certifications include RNC-NIC (neonatal intensive care) nursing by the National Certification Corporation. She is also a certified nurse educator from the National League of Nursing. She has served Texas Woman’s University since 2018. Previously, she was El Centro nursing faculty, and taught in the nursing programs of Grayson County Community College in Denison, TX. and Collin College of McKinney, TX. She has worked in various Level II and Level III NICUs throughout her career as well as worked as a nurse manager and nurse recruiter. She is a member of the National League of Nursing; Sigma Theta Tau International; the National Association of Neonatal Nurses; the Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nursing; Southern Nursing Research Society; and the Council for Advancement of Nursing Science. She currently serves as a Director-at-Large on the National Association of Neonatal Nurses' Board of Directors. She is a peer reviewer for the journals Advances in Neonatal Care and Neonatal Network, and a volunteer for Hand to Hold, as well as a member of the NICU Parent Support Network. She was inducted into Epsilon Omega Epsilon Honor Society in 2011 and Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society in 2000.


Ph.D., Nursing Science, Texas Woman's University
M.S.N., Nursing Administration and Management, Baylor University, Waco, Texas
B.S.N., Nursing, The College of New Jersey (formerly known as Trenton State College), Ewing Township, NJ

Research Interests

Premature Infants; NICU Families; Family Centered-Care; NICU Fathers; Neonatal Nursing

Latest Articles

The Needs of NICU Fathers in Their Own Words: A Qualitative Descriptive Study
Advances in Neonatal Care (2021)
Linda Merritt, Jazmine Maxwell, Cameryn Urbanosky

An Integrative Review of Fathers Needs in the NICU
Journal of Perinatal and Neonatal Nursing (2021)
Linda Merritt

Needs of Fathers of Socioeconomically Diverse Fathers of Premature Hospitalized Infants: A Multi-Center Study
Advances in Neonatal Care (2021)
Linda Merritt, Becky Spencer

Transitioning from direct care to virtual clinical experience during the COVID-19 Pandemic
Journal of Professional Nursing (2020)
Niki Fogg, Cecilia Wilson, Michele Trinka, Rachelle Campbell, Ann Thompson

Determining the Needs of Fathers of Premature Neonates
Advances in Neonatal Care (2019)
Linda Merritt

Gender differences in smoking behavior and cessation
Clinical Nursing Studies (2015)
Susan Chaney, Susan Sheriff, Linda Merritt

Externally Funded Projects

Determining the Needs of Fathers of Premature Neonates
National Association of Neonatal Nurses | $5,000.00 | 2017
Role: Principal Investigator