Katie Boston-Leary, PhD, RN, NEA-BC

Director of Nursing Programs & Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation
American Nurses Association

Katie Boston-Leary is director of nursing programs at the American Nurses Association. In this role, she oversees the Nursing Practice and Work Environment division and Healthy Nurse Healthy Nation. She is also co-lead for Project Firstline, a multimillion-dollar grant collaborative with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for training on infection prevention and control. Dr. Boston-Leary is also co-chair of the diversity, equity and inclusion committee of the Healthcare Leadership Network of the Delaware Valley, an ACHE chapter. She is also a member of ACHE’s editorial advisory committee. Dr. Boston-Leary helped redesign the Nurse Leadership Institute at the University of Maryland with an embedded coaching program. She 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 member of the board for St. John’s University Health Programs and an editorial advisory board member with WebMD Medscape. Dr. Boston-Leary also staffed the National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing and is part of the National Academy of Science and Medicine’s national plan to address clinician well-being. In August 2019, Health Leaders identified her as one of “Five Chief Nursing Officers Who Are 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 completed her doctorate in health services at Walden University, obtained a dual Master of Business Administration and Master of Healthcare Administration degree from the University of Maryland Global Campus, and earned 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 and has written and co-authored numerous articles on staffing, diversity and leadership. Dr. Boston-Leary was recently featured on NBC’s Today Show to discuss the nurse staffing crisis that is affecting healthcare delivery.


Monday, March 20
10:00–11:30 a.m.
Leadership Insights: Managing the Nurse Staffing Crisis - An Overview of the Latest Research and Alternative Models of Care That Will Shape the Future of Nursing