Our History & Credo

Linkous & Associates is a family-owned and operated specialty recruitment service for the neonatal healthcare industry.

Our name is synonymous with Neonatal Nurse Practitioner recruitment. For more than 28 years, our integrity and commitment to our candidates and clients helped us to establish a reputation as a leader in the NNP recruitment industry.

Our Story

Since inception in 1991 by founder, Judy Linkous, Linkous & Associates has played an integral role in the neonatal community focusing on the recruitment and placement of Neonatal Nurse Practitioners and Neonatal Physician Assistants nationwide.

Carrying on the family legacy, Judy’s daughters Kelly Linkous and Suzanne Welde, continue to cultivate an extensive network of NNPs, Neonatal PAs, hospitals, and physician groups to fill the wide-ranging needs of our clients.

Upon joining Linkous & Associates as a recruiter and part owner in 2008, Kelly’s nearly ten years of experience in research and market analysis seamlessly expanded the services of Linkous & Associates. Kelly’s degree in Communication-Public Relations and Business Administration, allows her to effectively serve both her candidates and clients while managing day to day operations.

In July of 2019, Suzanne returned to her “Linkous” roots in joining the family business. A Masters-level mental health professional, Suzanne has served as a Licensed School Counselor since 2003.  She loved building relationships and working diligently to meet the needs of public-school students and now uses her counseling and consulting skills to support highly qualified health care professionals in their career decision-making.

Suzanne Welde & Kelly Linkous

Kelly Linkous

Kelly Linkous


B.A. in Communication-Public Relations
Minor in Business Administration
Seattle, WA-based
Joined Linkous & Associates, LLC in 2008

Suzanne Welde

Suzanne Welde

Recruiter & Manager

MEd in School Counseling
B.S. in Psychology
Kansas City, MO-based
Joined Linkous & Associates, LLC in 2019

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Current Opportunities

Job TitleTypeLocation
A New Jersey non-profit university medical center seeks Neonatal Nurse Practitioners
A Top children’s hospital is seeking Neonatal Nurse Practitioners to staff its Level IV NICU
Busy 114-bed Level III/ IV NICU in central Ohio needs additional Neonatal Nurse Practitioners
Coastal Southern VA opportunity for experienced NNP
Cohesive Neonatal Nurse Practitioner team seeks experienced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner for Level 3
Due to expansion, experienced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners are needed to staff a large Level IV NICU
Experienced Acute Care Pediatric Nurse Practitioner needed for growing 69-bed, Level IV NICU
Experienced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner needed to staff a 17-bed, Level III NICU in Ohio
Experienced Neonatal Nurse Practitioner needed to staff a 42-bed, Level III NICU in Ohio
Experienced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners are needed for Level IV NICU coverage in SW Tennessee
Experienced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners are needed to staff a Level IV NICU in west central Florida
Experienced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners openings with a children’s hospital in New Mexico
Experienced Neonatal Physician Assistant (PA-C) needed for fast-paced NICU in central Ohio
Experienced Neonatal Physician Assistant needed for growing 69-bed, Level IV NICU in southwest Ohio
Georgia’s largest provider of children is seeking additional Neonatal Nurse Practitioners
Neonatal Nurse Practitioners needed for a growing 69-bed, Level IV NICU in southwestern Ohio
Neonatal Nurse Practitioners needed to staff a Level III NICU in a prominent state Magnet hospital
Neonatal Nurse Practitioners with Level IV NICU experience needed in north central Maryland
New and experienced Neonatal Nurse Practitioners needed to staff Level IV NICU in Wisconsin
New Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Level III NNP opportunity
Renowned University Medical Center seeks full and part-time Neonatal Nurse Practitioners for Level 3
University based Chicago area Level II seeking multiple NNPs
University-affiliated Southern Arizona NNP Opportunity

What Words Do Our Clients Use To Describe Us?


Kelly helped me secure a position where I otherwise wouldn’t be able to get a foot in the door. It can be difficult to reach a person for a conversation in human resource departments. Kelly was able to bypass that. I think I found a great fit and hope to not need Linkous services again! But I would if I needed to.

Catherine Kline


Judy and Kelly take the time to understand your needs and the needs of the practice. They make a personal commitment to assist you in filling positions and ensuring that the candidate is the right person for the job.

Robin Bissinger

Ph.D., APRN, NNP-BC, Medical Center of Medical University of South Carolina