Department of Nursing and Health Professions

Lynn E. Andersen

Assistant Professor

  • CAGS, Rivier College, Nashua, N.H.
  • MS, Boston College, Chestnut Hill, MA
  • BBSN, Northeastern University, Boston, MA


  • Medical-Surgical Nursing and Family Nurse Practitioner (currently FNP student)


Hospital in Brookline Massachusetts as staff and intermittent charge nurse on a medical-surgical nursing floor and then in the ICU/CCU at Norwood Hospital, Norwood, Massachusetts. During this time, she attended Boston College Graduate School of Nursing, attaining her Master of Science Degree with a medical-surgical nursing teaching specialty. Her first teaching experience was as a Fundamentals and Medical-Surgical Nursing Instructor at Boston University. After a four year hiatus raising her daughters, Lynn taught for seven years as a part-time Instructor in the St. Joseph Hospital Licensed Practical Nursing Program. She then began teaching part-time and then full time at Rivier. She currently teaches Pediatric, Care of the Adult and Mental Health Clinical; Fundamentals and Care of the Adult I Sim Lab; and Capstone. She is an active member of the Rivier-St Joseph Nursing Honor Society, other nursing committees, and Massachusetts Coalition of Nurse Practitioners. She anticipates graduating May, 2011 from Rivier with a Certificate in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program.

Academic Philosophy

“Nursing is an art and science dedicated to holistically assisting people in varied settings to achieve their greatest state of health. Nurses combine academic achievement, lifelong learning with a commitment to caring for the whole person. In order to care optimally for people, nurses need to be intellectually curious, mentally and physically healthy, and spiritually aware. I combine knowledge from many disciplines as well as Western and Eastern Medicine in teaching students to become their best nursing self. As an educator, I stress compassion, personal ethics, dedication to learning and personal well-being, and balance.“