OHSU Appoints New Director for Clinical Nursing Practice and Development

11/13/02    Portland, Ore.

New position enhances relationship between hospital and nursing school

Katherine Bradley, Ph.D., R.N., has been appointed to the newly created position of director for clinical nursing practice and development at OHSU Hospital, and assistant dean in the Oregon Health & Science University School of Nursing. Bradley will develop a partnership between clinical operations and the School of Nursing.

"Dr. Bradley brings many strengths to OHSU, and the partnership between the health system and the School of Nursing," said Kathleen Potempa, R.N., D.N.Sc., F.A.A.N., vice president and dean of the School of Nursing. "Her broad experience in health systems, the academy and professional organizations has given her an understanding of systems approaches to practice issues. I look forward to working with her closely as we move forward with our collaborative efforts with the health system."

Before joining OHSU, Bradley was a consultant for Health Policy & Nursing Systems in Kansas City, Mo., where she designed, influenced and evaluated the structure and delivery of health systems for hospitals, nursing schools and organizations, including the Washington, D.C.-based American Nurses Credentialing Center, for which she evaluated the Magnet Hospital Recognition Program.

"Katherine brings depth to our nursing team," said Peter Rapp, executive director of OHSU Hospitals and Clinics. "Her experience and focus on practice and quality comes at the right time. We are facing the stresses of growth, tightening manpower availability trends, and rising expectations of nursing practice standards. Her collaboration and communication skills will be extremely important as we go forward."

In addition to consulting, Bradley has served as senior nurse researcher and program manager for the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators at Midwest Research Institute in Kansas City, Mo., and as senior research associate for the database project at the University of Kansas School of Nursing.

She has held various leadership positions in inpatient and ambulatory care settings during her 20-plus-year career, including nursing supervisor for Seattle's Harborview Medical Center's Acute Care Division; director of nursing at Virginia Mason Clinic, Virginia Mason Medical Center; and head nurse in medical oncology at Swedish Hospital Medical Center.

She also spent four years as assistant director of health systems, hospitals and community for the American Nurses Association in Kansas City, Mo., and another two as director of education for Mid America Rehabilitation Hospital in Overland Park, Kan.

Bradley is a member of the American Medical Association's Professional Technical Advisory Committee to the Medicare Fee Schedule, the American Nurses Association, Midwest Bioethics, and Sigma Theta Tau. She earned her doctorate in nursing (health care outcomes management and research) at the University of Kansas School of Nursing, and a master's in nursing administration from the University of Washington. She completed her undergraduate degree in nursing at Seattle University.