Providence Southern California’s Chief Nursing Officer Katherine Bullard Recognized for Leadership in Nursing

February 13, 2014

Cited by ACNL for Significant Contributions to Nursing Leadership

Katherine Bullard, R.N., chief nursing officer for Providence Health & Services, Southern California, received the Association of California Nurse Leaders’ Excellence in Leadership Award for the Southern Region.

Bullard was honored Tuesday primarily for her efforts to bring new energy to the 23-year-old Nursing Leadership Council, and for transforming it into the Nursing Leadership Advisory Committee, partnering with the Hospital Association of Southern California and the ACNL.

HASC recognized her last year for her extraordinary leadership and advocacy for nursing.

Bullard was accompanied by a dozen nurses from Providence Southern California to the 36th Annual ACNL Conference, held in Monterey. The theme of the event, which continues through Thursday, is Oceans of Opportunity: The Next Wave of Nurse Leadership.

“It’s such an honor to be recognized by the ACNL, which has helped transform nursing to a high-level science, while continuing to embrace the caring tradition of our vocation,” Bullard said. “Under the leadership of those nurse leaders who came before us and the advances in technology, the roles of nurses continue to expand, opening opportunities to advance patient care and to improve outcomes.”

The goal of the ACNL is to develop nurse leaders, advance professional practice, influence health policy and promote quality health care and patient safety.

Named to the top nursing administrative post for Providence in 2011, Bullard is known within the organization for her efforts to inspire Providence Southern California’s 3,500 nurses to embrace innovation, improve bedside care through research, expand their areas of expertise and continuously improve upon a 157-year-old tradition of excellence and compassion. It was Bullard’s vision that created the Providence Nursing Institute in 2012, providing high-tech training and research opportunities for nurses. The program has become a model for other hospital organizations.

Bullard has nearly three decades of experience in, including 13 years as an executive leader in faith-based healthcare organizations. A graduate of the University of Southern California, Bullard earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from and her master’s in Health Services Administration from Salve Regina University in Newport, RI. She also has received Nurse Executive, Advanced-Board Certified status from the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

Her career includes a range of specialties from critical care to ambulatory services, and from small rural hospitals to complex regional organizations.

Bullard, 2012 chairwoman of the HASC NLC board, also is an active member of the ACNL and a member of its Health Policy Committee.