Providence Health & Services in Los Angeles is creating a nursing institute to advance quality patient care through professional development, education, technology and research. The Providence Southern California Nursing Institute will train nursing graduate residents, established RNs and other clinicians at Providence’s five acute care medical centers and ancillary facilities including hospice care, long-term care and outpatient clinics.
Envisioned by regional CNO Katherine Bullard, RN, the institute will be under the direction of Kathleen Harren, RN, MHA, program director, who is laying its foundation and working with a core team of nurses. They expect operations to begin this spring.
“We want to inspire excellence through innovation and empower our nurses and other professionals to expand their abilities and their horizons,” Bullard said. “Across the nation, healthcare organizations are looking for innovative programs like this institute to enhance the roles of our profession.”
Providence Health & Services employs more than 3,500 nurses in Los Angeles area hospitals.
“Our goal is to have uniform evidence-based practices across all our ministries in Southern California to ensure the best care for our patients,” Harren said.