Kathy recently joined the University of Chicago Medical Center as their Magnet Program Director after having worked at Rush University Medical Center, the University of Illinois Chicago, and Advocate Healthcare in a variety of clinical and administrative positions. Her clinical background includes neonatal nursing at Rush’s level III tertiary Neonatal Intensive Care unit, including land transport and as an emergency department nurse in a community hospital.
She has a background in nursing shared governance, evidence-based practice education, patient safety, change management, and strategic planning, and has served as the Magnet Program Director in three institutions.
Her interests focus on promoting the use of evidence-based nursing practice and research, advancing best practices in patient safety, and developing productive interprofessional teams. She mentors multidisciplinary graduate students and international students on a variety of projects, including interdisciplinary communication, conflict resolution, and team building.
Kathy graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology and psychology, received an Associates degree in Nursing from the College of DuPage, a Masters’ degree in Business Administration from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and a Masters in Nursing Administration from the University of Illinois Chicago’s College of Nursing.
She publishes and presents on a variety of topics; most recently contributing a chapter, Supporting a Culture of Safety: the Magnet Recognition Program, in the 2012 Patient Safety Handbook, second edition.