39_Build a Culture of Well-being with Katie Boston-Leary

Hosted by Quint Studer with special guest 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. Katie defines a healthy nurse as actively focused on creating and maintaining balance and synergy with physical, intellectual, emotional, social, spiritual, financial, personal, and professional well-being.

Katie challenges organizations to re-look at how they can bring well-being into the workspace where nurses spend most of their time. Katie shares recent research from 9,500 respondents where nurses rated their overall emotional health an average score of 3 out of 10. Throughout the podcast, Katie provides recommendations for building a culture where well-being is a top focus as well as free resources for you and your organization.

Research: https://public.tableau.com/app/profile/hunter.j.joslin/viz/COVID-19SurveySeries3/COVID-19SurveySeries3?publish=yes

Suicide Rates: https://www.usnews.com/news/health-news/articles/2021-10-25/nurses-have-suicidal-thoughts-more-often-than-other-workers-study

Nurse Suicide Prevention and Well-being Initiative: www.NursingWorld.org
Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation: www.HNHN.org

Contact Information:
Katie Boston-Leary, PhD, MBA, MHA, RN, NEA-BC
Director of Nursing Programs
Nursing Practice & Work Environment
Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation

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. She is also Adjunct Faculty and an Advisory Board Member with the Nurse Leadership Institute at the University of Maryland School of Nursing, St Johns School of Health Sciences at the George Washington Women in Business Leadership Program and serves on the editorial board of Web/MD/Medscape.  She also serves as Co-chair for the Healthcare Leadership Network of the Delaware Valley Board & DEI Committee and the Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation Advisory Committee. As a Chief Nursing Officer and Senior Executive, Katie has led organizations to obtain numerous accolades for quality and safety including an ANCC Pathway to Excellence designation and to win the coveted annual ANCC Pathway to Excellence award in 2017. Katie also leads a non-profit, The Reach Initiative, LLC, that provides executive coaching to healthcare leaders with a focus on providing pro bono services to BIPOC nurses.

She also has strong partnerships with deans and chairs of nursing programs in the communities she has worked in to improve nursing curriculums and effectively preparing nurses to transition from novice to experts and has developed many nurse leaders from charge nurses to executives. She was a featured guest at the Inaugural SEHA nursing conference in Abu Dhabi which was a hospital system seeking ANCC Pathway Designation. She has also been invited to Capitol Hill in Washington DC with the American Nurses Association to discuss the havocs of regulatory burden on hospitals.  She was recently identified in the August 2019 Health Leaders Journal as “One of Five Chief Nursing Officers Changing Healthcare”. Her most recent research was a qualitative study on nurses’ perceptions of power dynamics in the hospital setting. She is a well-known speaker nationally and internationally with many publications and podcast guest invitations. She recently completed her PhD at Walden University in Health Services, obtained a dual degree MBA and MHA from the University of Maryland Global Campus and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Bowie State University in Maryland.  She is a board-certified Nurse Executive and obtained a nurse executive leadership certificate from Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. She has been interviewed for stories in numerous print, online and televised media outlets namely CNBC, Cheddar TV, HR Maximizer and Bloomberg News. She recently co-authored an article titled, The US COVID‐19 Crisis: Facts, Science and Solidarity, which was published in the International Nursing Review (INR), the official journal of the International Council of Nurses (ICN).