Dr. Malinda L. Whitlow, DNP, FNP-BC, is a triple `Hoo (having earned a DNP, MSN and BSN at UVA, and a current member of the Raven Society and of the Beta Kappa chapter of Sigma nursing honor society.

Director of the School of Nursing's RN to BSN program, before her UVA appointment Whitlow taught at George Washington University in Washington, DC, and directed its Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (ABSN) program.

Whitlow's teaching and mentoring roles are expansive: she's taught both medical-surgical and community health courses, labs and clinicals, as well as pharmacology and health assessment classes, supervised undergraduates’ clinical care at inpatient, long-term care and community sites, and mentored students completing capstone projects, and led clinical trips to global sites in both Haiti and Ecuador. 

A family nurse practitioner at UVA Health, Whitlow – a native of Texas – earned GW Nursing’s Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring and Advising award in 2017, its Excellence in Student Life Award in 2015, and was a Sigma Nursing Faculty Leadership Academy Scholar from 2016-17. An alumna of the Sigma Faculty Nurse Leadership Academy (2016-2017), a Virginia Nurses Association “40 Under 40” awardee (2015), a University of Virginia Health System Magnet Champion (2004-2011), and winner of University of Virginia's Preceptor of the Year (2005).


MALINDA WHITLOW: Hi. My name is Malinda Whitlow. And I am an Associate Professor here at the UVA School of Nursing. And I am the current RN to BSN program director.

The students. Hands down, I love, love, love working and educating, and teaching students what I've learned over the past 20 years in nursing. And I'm motivated when I see that transformation within the students in the classroom from day one up until graduation. And also working with the faculty and staff. I have excellent faculty members that work very closely with RN to BSN students. And we collaborate on so many different levels.

So a lot of questions come up, of why go back to school to get your BSN. And I can speak to that myself, because I am an alum of the RN to BSN program here at UVA. And when I originally was approached to go back to school to get my bachelor's degree, after working on general medicine inpatient for over four years, I didn't think that it would benefit me to go back and further my education. But then after that first semester of the program, when you learn so much about leadership, I was amazed at how much I thought I knew of nursing, that I was impressed that I was able to care for the patients the way that I did without knowing the new knowledge that I was gaining.

Within that first semester, I could see the transformation in myself, with building my research and leadership skills that I thought that I did not need at the bedside. And I could also start questioning and being very curious of how to better care for my patients, and improve the outcomes.

Transformational. I feel like, in myself, and what I see from students, from faculty, from staff, and beyond, through the alumni network that we have. I can see the transformation in everyone who has had some sort of encounter with the university.



  • Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP-BC)


Journal Articles

Craig, S., Whitlow, M., Quatrara, B., Kastello, J., Ackard, R., Mitchell, E., & Kools, S. (2022). A focused checklist for constructing equitable, diverse, and inclusive simulation experiences. Clinical Simulation in Nursing, 71, 87-91.

El-Banna, M.M., Whitlow, M., & McNelis, M. A. (2020). Improving pharmacology standardized test and final exam scores through team-based learning. Nurse Educator, 45(1), 47-50.

McKinnon, T. H., McNelis, A. M., DeLeon, K., Whitlow, M. L., & Fitzpatrick, J. J. (2019). Current state of international clinical experiences in the United States prelicensure nursing programs. Nursing Education Perspectives, 40(V), 291-294.

McKinnon, T. H., McNelis, A. M., DeLeon, K., Whitlow, M. L., & Fitzpatrick, J. J. (2019). International clinical experiences for required clinical hours: National survey of registered pre-licensure programs. Journal of Nursing Regulation, 10(I), 53-56.

El-Banna, M. M., Tebbenhoff, B., Whitlow, M. L., & Wyche, F. K. (2017). Motivated Strategies for Learning in Accelerated Second-Degree Nursing Students. Nurse Educator, 42(6), 308-312.

El-Banna, M.M., Whitlow, M. L., & McNelis, M, A. (2017). Flipping around the classroom: Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing students’ satisfaction and achievement. Nurse Education Today, 56(9), 41-46.


  • 2019 Sigma Theta Tau International 45th Biennial Convention Podium Presenter: Connecting Pharmacology Concepts through Team Based Collaborative Learning. Washington, DC. November 16-20, 2019
  • 2019 George Washington University Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Podium Presenter: Team-Based Learning: A Strategy to Foster Active Learning & Improve Exam Scores. September 27, 2019
  • 2019 National League for Nursing Poster Presenter: Active Engagement in the Classroom: Using Team-Based Learning (TBL) to Improve Student Learning in Pharmacology. September 26 - 28, 2019
  • 2019 George Washington University School of Nursing Research Colloquium Podium Presenter: Active Learning within Pharmacology: Using Team Based Learning to Improve Student Knowledge as Measured by Final Exam and Standardized Test Scores. January 15, 2019
  • 2018 George Washington University Diversity Summit Panel Discussion Presenter:Confronting Patient Bias. November 1, 2018
  • 2018 George Washington University Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Poster Presenter: Improving Pharmacology National and Final Exam Scores through Team- Based Learning. September 27, 2018
  • 2018 George Washington University Diversity Summit Panel Discussion Presenter: The Journey to Build a Culture of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: Aligning the Strategic Plan with the GW School of Nursing Mission. April 3, 2018
  • 2017 Sigma Theta Tau Biennial 44th Convention Poster Presenter: Building a Leadership Backbone: A Scholar's Nurse Faculty Leadership Journey. Indianapolis, IN. October 2017
  • 2016 AACN Baccalaureate Education Conference Podium Presenter: Meeting the Triple Aim: Interprofessional Education Implementation within an Accelerated Bachelor of Science (ABSN) in Nursing Program. Anaheim, CA.  November 18, 2016
  • 2016 American Academy of Family Physician Global Health Conference Podium Presenter: Team Building and Strategic Partnership: Multicultural, Inter-professional Medical Mission to Haiti. Atlanta, GA. September 10, 2016
  • 2015 Sigma Theta Tau 43rd Biennial Convention Podium Presenter: Motivated Strategies for Learning in Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing Students. Las Vegas, NV. November 2015.