Q&A with Chief Nursing Officer Katherine Bullard

May 04, 2015

During National Nurses Week and throughout the year, we are proud to celebrate our nurses for their compassion and dedication. We are thankful for our wonderful team, including Katherine Bullard, chief nursing officer for Providence southern California region. Read on to find out what inspired Katherine to become a nurse and what she says is the most rewarding part of her job.

Providence: What inspired you to become a nurse?

Katherine Bullard: My mother was a nurse, and my father was a physician. From my earliest years, I remember being fascinated by the idea of taking care of people, and that never changed.

Providence: Is there a patient you still think about?

KB: There are many patients I remember and still think about decades later because they touched my heart. There aren’t words to describe how the privilege of caring for someone at a time of need can forever leave an imprint on one’s spirit. I feel like I carry a tiny part of all those people with me, and my capacity for caring is greater because of that.

Providence: What’s the best part about your job?

KB: Right now it is having the opportunity to mentor and celebrate nurses who are tackling new opportunities, whether as a new graduate or a core leader or even as a new chief nursing officer. Being around them is energizing and inspirational.

Providence: What has been your greatest professional accomplishment to date?

KB: My greatest accomplishment wasn’t a title or a degree. It was something revealed in a farewell note from a staff nurse as I left my last organization to come to Providence. The note said, “I will always remember you as the one who came and made a difference.”

Providence: What’s the most rewarding part of your career?

KB: Practicing nursing in an organization that lives its core values, where spirituality is acknowledged, and the dignity of every individual is honored. That’s the way my dad practiced medicine, and it keeps me close to my spiritual roots.