Prominent nurse leader Kathy Harren named Providence Southern California’s Chief Nursing Officer

February 02, 2016

LOS ANGELES (Jan. 28, 2016) -- Kathy Harren, a veteran nurse leader who led the Providence Nursing Institute training, education and research program, was named this week as regional chief nursing officer for Providence Health & Services, Southern California.

Harren, who holds a master’s degree in nursing and the prestigious Nurse Executive Advanced-Board Certification, served as interim regional CNO, replacing Katherine Bullard, now clinical director of community partnerships for the five-state Providence system.

“Kathy has greatly contributed to excellence in nursing during her leadership of the institute,” said Karl Carrier, interim chief executive, Providence Southern California. “She is a mentor to our nurses and dedicated to continued advancing the roles nurses play and the care they provide.”

Since 2014 more than 660 new nurse residents and fellows have completed the institute’s Transition into Practice programs in 11 specialties. At a time when the nursing profession is suffering a vast shortage, Providence retains more than 95 percent of nurses who participate in the transition program.

Harren has held several leadership and board positions in the community at the state and national levels including president of the Association of California Nurse Leaders. She serves on the Hospital Quality Institute Board in California, the board of the Collaborative Alliance for Nursing Outcomes, known as CALNOC, and on the American Nurses Association Health Nurse Healthy National Advisory Board.

As regional CNO, she will continue working closely with the chief nursing officers at the six Providence medical centers in the Los Angeles Area and with Michael Bernstein, M.D., regional chief medical officer - hospital group, to achieve the highest clinical quality outcomes, increase patient safety and continue building Providence Southern California’s position as a premier health care provider and employer. She also serves as the region’s lead nursing representative to Providence Health & Services for all system-level initiatives.

Harren joined Providence in 1989, previously, served as CNO for Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance and held various nursing leadership positions in the South Bay community.