Kathleen Harren, MSN, MHA, RN, regional director of Providence Health & Services’ Providence Nursing Institute, Los Angeles, has been named to the board of a statewide organization advocating for patient safety.
Harren, a long-time nursing administrator with Providence, was appointed in December to the California Hospital Quality Institute board of directors. Jim Barber, MPH, president of the Hospital Association of Southern California, nominated Harren to the post.
“I’m grateful for this opportunity to represent the voices of nursing leadership and of Providence at the state level,” Harren said in a news release. “It is the priority of nurse leaders to advance clinical care by participating in high-profile organizations that advocate for patient quality and safety.”
Harren will join the 14-member board early this year.
The quality institute is dedicated to advancing and accelerating patient safety and to improving quality patient care throughout California. It focuses on eliminating problem areas, optimizing care and treatment and enhancing the healthcare experience for patients and their families.
Harren has held several leadership and board positions in the community and at the state level. She has served as president and as board chairman of the Association of California Nurse Leaders and as member of the ACNL Health Policy Committee. She was a member of the clinical faculty for the UCLA School of Nursing from 2011-2013 and is the board chairwoman for the California Alliance for Nursing Outcomes Advancing Global Patient Care Experience.
Harren joined Providence Health & Services, Southern California, in 1989, holding various nursing roles and leadership roles at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center Torrance until her appointment in 1998 to chief nurse executive for the hospital. In 2011, she was named to head the new Providence Nursing Institute, established to advance quality patient care through professional development, education, technology and research.