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Malinda Poduska

Assistant Professor of Nursing


  • MSN Drake University
  • BS Mount Mercy College


Malinda began teaching as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Nursing in 1991 focusing on sophomore clinical in long-term care.

Poduska also taught clinical at the senior and sophomore level while completing her MSN at Drake University. Poduska has worked at UIHC, Mercy Medical Center and St. Luke’s in areas such as the general surgery float pool, surgical intensive care unit, and telemetry nursing. Poduska served as a Director of Nursing in long-term care, home health nurse, camp nurse and substitute school nurse.

Poduska’s graduate thesis focused on the use of Madeline Lenninger’s Transcultural Nursing Theory in the health care, beliefs and values of Midwest rural men (farmers). Poduska was self-employed as a farmer when she and her husband were first married. The focus of their farming operation was farrow to finish hogs, beef cow-calf herd, and finishing cattle. Poduska is a lifetime Iowa F.F.A member and is passionate about the environment and the healthcare needs of the rural population. Poduska is a member of the Cedar County Farm Bureau.

Poduska has been an active member on the Mount Mercy campus by serving on several campus committees. Poduska has served on the promotion and tenure committee, academic integrity, enrollment management, faculty welfare, search committees, mission and integration. Poduska has served as nursing curriculum chair, faculty leadership team representative and campus strategic planning. Poduska completed the President’s Leadership Academy and Catholic Intellectual Teachings with five Iowa colleges/universities. Poduska is a lifetime Associate of the Sisters of Mercy and is passionate about assisting nursing students.

Poduska is involved with many nursing organizations; Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society, currently serving as Mount Mercy Faculty Counselor and is a member of the Sigma International Nurse Leader Review Committee. Poduska is also involved in the Iowa Nurses Association, American Nurses Association, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, and the National Association of Catholic Nurses (NACN). Poduska has been active advocate with ethical issues in NACN. Poduska has served as an item writer for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing (2012) and has been a content reviewer for medical-surgical textbooks.

Poduska currently lives on a small acreage at Lowden, with her husband and son. Her interests include livestock farming, 4-H, gardening, canning produce, cooking, antiques, history, and traveling with her family. Poduska also played clarinet with the Oxford Junction Polka band for 20 years and is always ready for music.