Dr. Katie Boston-Leary is the Director of Nursing Programs at ANA overseeing Nursing Practice and Work Environment and Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation. She has been a Registered Nurse for 27 years who specialized and certified in Perioperative Nursing, Nursing Administration and Executive Leadership. She is a John Maxwell Trained Speaker and Coach and is also Adjunct Faculty at University of Maryland School of Nursing teaching Doctoral Level Nursing Leadership courses and is also adjunct faculty at Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing at Case Western Reserve University. She was recently the System Chief Nursing Officer at University of Maryland Capital Region Health (UMCRH) in Maryland and was elected and served as the President of the Maryland Organization of Nurse Leaders. She was previously the Senior Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer at Union Hospital of Cecil County in Maryland for 5 years. Katie led her team at Union to their second ANCC Pathway to Excellence designation and to win the coveted annual ANCC Pathway to Excellence award in 2017.
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 Organization of Nurse Leaders to discuss the havocs of regulatory burden on hospitals. She was recently identified August 2019 Health Leaders Journal as “One of Five Chief Nursing Officers Changing Healthcare”.