84_The Latest Research on Nursing, Staffing, and the Human Element of Healthcare

Hosted by Dan Collard with guests Quint Studer and Katie Boston-Leary

On this special episode of The Healthcare Plus Podcast, host Dan Collard sits down with Quint Studer, co-founder of Healthcare Plus Solutions Group, and Katie Boston-Leary, Director of Nursing Programs, American Nurses Association to analyze key findings of the latest Models of Care Insight Study and what they mean for the healthcare industry.

The Models of Care Insight Study Part II, conducted by Joslin Insight, collected 1,450+ responses from direct care nurses, nursing leadership, and healthcare executives in the acute care and ambulatory settings. The goal of the second study was to gain a better grasp of how nurses can operate at the top of their licensure while cultivating leadership qualities to enhance their contributions to their organizations.

Key findings include:

  • Retired nurses are willing to help fill the knowledge and complexity gap but most don’t want full time work and aren’t interested in direct patient care.
  • Nurses rate their weakest leadership traits as change management, positivity, and delegation.
  • 63% of respondents say their organization’s CNA workforce is understaffed or very understaffed.
  • 47% of respondents say CNAs are not treated with the same respect as their RN peers.

Quint and Katie stress that there is not one solution to all of these challenges but that there are steps leaders can take to narrow the scope, reduce caregiver workloads, and improve care delivery.

About Katie Boston-Leary

Katie Boston-Leary is the Director of Nursing Programs at the American Nurses Association overseeing the Nursing Practice and Work Environment Division and Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation. She is also the Co-Lead for Project Firstline, a multi-million-dollar grant collaborative with the CDC for training on Infection Prevention and Control. Katie is also the co-chair for the DEI committee for the Healthcare Leaders Network Delaware Valley, an ACHE affiliate. She helped redesign the Nurse Leadership Institute at the University of Maryland with an embedded coaching program. Katie is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and the School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. She is a board member on St. Johns University Health Programs and an editorial advisory board member with Web/MD Medscape and ACHE. Katie serves as staff on the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing and is also part of the National Academy of Science and Medicine’s National Plan to Address Clinician Well-Being supported by the U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy. Katie also leads as an ANA representative with 4 partner organizations to organize a National Nurse Staffing Think Tank and Task Force, which published short term actionable recommendations to address the nurse staffing crisis.


–       Podcast: How to Kill Your Own Company

–       Models of Care Insight Study Report and Data

–       Rewiring Excellence: Hardwired to Rewired by Quint Studer and Dan Collard

–       ANCC Magnet Presentation by Quint Studer and Katie Boston-Leary

–       American Nurses Association