Linda Shell

Job Title

  • Adjunct Instructor in Nursing
    Nursing (RN to B.S.N.) College of Adult and Professional Studies


Gerontological nursing, leadership, dementia care

Started at Bethel



  • Bethel University - B.S., 2004
  • Bethel University - Masters in Nursing, 2008
  • University of Minnesota - Doctorate in Nursing Practice, 2014


Dr. Linda M. Shell MA, RN, is a nurse and professional speaker whose held a variety of clinical and academic positions over her 25 year career in aging services. She provides consultation to various organizations and serves as the Senior Director of Education and Organizational Development for Volunteers of America, a non-profit provider of services to over 30,000 elders.

Linda is part time adjunct professor of nursing at Bethel University in St. Paul, MN. Linda has incorporated her expertise as an educator, researcher and professional nurse into a leadership role with falls prevention, sleep and memory care. She facilitates Leadership Academy for Leading Age of Minnesota.

She has presented at a variety of local and national conferences is known for her engaging presentation style and audience participation. She is passionate about improving the lives of elders and developing leaders. In her spare time, she loves to spend time with her husband playing golf. 


Transformational Leadership Award - Volunteers of America, 2015


Preventing Falls: It's Easy to Miss What You Are Not Looking For. (2011) Advance for Long Term Care Management. Vol.14 Issue 2


Keep Calm and Carry On: Learning to THRIVE in Changing Environments - LeadingAge Minnesota Institute, February 2015

Quiet on the Hall: Let Them Sleep and Improve Their Quality of Life - Texas Health Care Association, May 2014

Professional Organizations, Committees, and Boards

Nurse Expert Panel - American Association of Post Acute Nursing

Past Board Member of LeadingAge Minnesota

Past Board Member Minnesota Gerontological Association

Hobbies and Interests

Walking, Zumba, Golf, Gardening, Women's Ministries, Upcycling furniture

Areas of expertise

Gerontological nursing, leadership, dementia care


“Do not go where the path may lead; go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.”