Katie Boston-Leary PhD, MBA, MHA, RN, NEA-BC, CCTP

Director of Nursing Programs, American Nurses Association

Katie Boston-Leary is a trained executive coach with training from the College of Executive Coaching and the John Maxwell Coaching Program. She is DISC and EQ-i 2.0 certified and provides coaching to doctoral students, graduates from the Stanford University’s “What’s Next?” course and various hospital leaders. She redesigned 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 also a certified clinical trauma professional focusing on trauma, PTSD, grief, and loss. She is also the director of nursing programs and Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation at the American Nurses Association. Katie completed her PhD degree at Walden University in Health Services and 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. Katie led her nursing team to an 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 Nurses Association to discuss the havocs of regulatory burden on hospitals. She was identified in 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 was also featured on NBC’s Today Show in September to address the nurse staffing crisis.