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November 18, 2013

PSU mourns loss of instructor

PITTSBURG, Kan. — Pittsburg State University lost a member of its faculty over the weekend with the death of Linda Bitner, who was a PSU alumna and had taught in the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing since 1999.

Bitner, 65, Cherokee, died Saturday afternoon at her home.

“We’re all in shock today,” said PSU President Steve Scott, in a release. “Linda was a tremendous role model and mentor for her students, but more than that, she was a wonderful person. She had a special kindness about her that we will miss greatly.”

Bitner was licensed as a registered nurse in Kansas and Missouri and was board certified as a clinical nurse specialist in gerontology. She maintained an active practice at Girard Medical Center’s senior behavioral health unit and Heartland Behavioral Services, Nevada, Mo.  

As a certified nurse aide and certified medication aide instructor of the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability, Bitner taught more than 600 nursing assistants during the past 15 years at PSU and at Ft. Scott Community College.  

Services will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Bath-Naylor Funeral Home, Pittsburg.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Irene Ransom Bradley School of Nursing Scholarship Fund at PSU. Memorials may be brought by or mailed to the funeral home at 522 S. Broadway, Pittsburg, Kan. 66762.


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