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Created for nurses like you, explore these nursing podcasts to learn, be inspired, and improve patient outcomes. Featured guests in each of our podcast series provide insights into the nursing profession.

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Duration - 7:43

Positioning Nurses to Drive Change: An Interview with Dale Beatty

Duration - 13:54

A Candid Conversation with Mayo Clinic

Duration - 22:15

People Connections and Building Relationships: An Interview with Cathleen Wheatley

In this episode, Cathleen Wheatley, DNP, RN, CENP, FAAN, President of Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and Sr. Vice President of Clinical Operations speaks with Senior Clinical Editor, Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP, CCRN-K.

Highlights of the conversation include:

  • Growing services to meet the needs of the community, improving quality to meet the needs of patients, and attending to the needs of the workforce.
  • How being visible and communicating with the front line allows more informed decision-making.
  • Advice for nurses interested in leadership and board membership, including being intentional, identifying mentors, and taking risks.

Wheatley-1203.jpgDr. Wheatley joined Wake Forest Baptist Health in September of 2014 as System Chief Nurse Executive and was named President of the flagship 885-bed academic medical center in April of 2019. As President, she is responsible for the overall performance of operations at Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center inclusive of Brenner Children’s Hospital and the Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Wheatley brings disciplined leadership to bear on complex issues where clinical expertise, strategic thinking and organizational savvy are essential. As a leader, she uses experience and insight to provide structure, order, and clarity to enable teams to make rapid and lasting progress on critical issues.  Her naturally holistic and global perspective was enhanced when she served as the first Corporate Nurse Executive of Abu Dhabi Health Services Company in the United Arab Emirates, a position she held prior to joining Wake Forest Baptist Health. There she was responsible for the professional practice and development of more than 9,000 Nursing and Allied Health professionals from over 72 countries.  Earlier in her career, she held senior leadership positions at Dekalb Regional Health System in Atlanta, Ga., including Senior Vice President, Chief Clinical Operating Officer, Chief Nurse Executive, and Chief Quality Officer.

Dr. Wheatley earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Nursing at Georgia State University and her Doctorate in Nursing Practice at the University of Central Florida. She is a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Nursing, is board certified with the American Organization of Nurse Leaders as a Certified Executive in Nursing Practice and completed the Nurse Leader Program at the Wharton School of Business. She is a member of the American Nurses Association, N.C. Nurses Association, the American Academy of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, American Organization of Nurse Leaders, N.C. Organization of Nurse Leaders, and the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Active in professional organizations, Dr. Wheatley currently serves as immediate Past-President of the Board of the Friends of the National Institute of Nursing Research (FNINR) and Board Member-at-Large for the North Carolina Nurses Association. She is a member of the Beryl Institute CNO Council and the HealthLeaders CEO Exchange, and serves on the Advisory Board for Capella University School of Nursing and the Board of Visitors for the University of Minnesota School of Nursing.

Dr. Wheatley’s philanthropic interests include the economic independence of women in developing countries and educational preparatory programs with a global focus. She is a current sponsor of Women for    Women International and a past member of the Board of Trustees of the Atlanta International School.


Duration - 19:25

Becoming Great in Healthcare: Webinar Highlights

Listen to the experts from our popular webinar on Becoming Great in Healthcare! Industry leaders Anne Dabrow Woods, Nanne Finis, and Michael C. Bush had a one-hour open and honest conversation addressing the challenges currently facing the healthcare industry as well as the innovative work that is happening across the country in great healthcare organizations. Here are the highlights of that conversation.


Duration - 12:49

When Nurses Speak, People Listen: An Interview with Pat Patton

In this episode, Senior Clinical Editor, Lisa Bonsall, MSN, RN, CRNP speaks with Pat Patton, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, the Chief Nurse Executive, and Vice President for Patient Care Services at UCSF Health.

Highlights of the conversation include:

  • The evolution of his career, from being “tapped on the shoulder” to fill certain roles and learning with each one of them to be a better leader
  • The rewards of being a nurse executive
  • How the partnership of UCSF Health with the Nurses on Boards Coalition empowers nurses to get involved
  • Advice for nurses interested in leadership and board membership, including these encouraging words, “You have a lot to say. You don’t know the power of your voice…”

Pat-Patton-(1).jpgPat Patton, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC is currently the Chief Nurse Executive, and Vice President for Patient Care Services at UCSF Health.  He has been with UCSF Health for 2 1/2 years.

Most recently Pat was the Chief Nursing Officer at University of California Irvine Health where he led that organization to their 4th Magnet designation as well as being named one of the Top 50 CNO’s to know. Prior to this Pat was at Catholic Health Initiatives for 16 years. During those 16 years Pat held many positions both in the local market as well as at the national level. At CHI Pat was the System VP of Nursing Operations at CHI where he was responsible for Operations, Leadership Development, Magnet and Pathway to Excellence oversight, staffing and scheduling as well as other duties.  Prior to coming to Colorado, Pat was the CNO/COO at a CHI hospital in Kentucky.

Pat is active in the American Organization of Nurse Leaders (AONL), Association for California Nurse Leaders (ACNL), as well as the American Nurses Associate (ANA).   In May of 2020 Pat was named as Becker’s 50 Hospital and Healthsystem CNO’s to Know.

Pat received his Doctor of Nursing Practice from the University of California, Irvine; his Masters of Nursing Administration from the University of Kentucky and his Bachelors of Science in Nursing at Florida A&M University. He also has additional training in faith community nursing.  

Pat has been married for 20 years to Kirk Patton. Pat and Kirk have 4 children between them, three daughters, one son and two grandsons. The children are all adults now and live in Nebraska, Tennessee, and Colorado.


Duration - 7:23

COVID-19 2022 Update: The Nursing Workforce

Duration - 30:58

Measuring Outcomes and Elevating the Nursing Profession

On March 24, 2022, Nanne Finis, Chief Nurse Executive of Ultimate Kronos Group (UKG) and Anne Dabrow Woods, Chief Nurse of Wolters Kluwer Health Learning Research and Practice presented nursing workforce research along with change imperatives and innovative approaches to recruitment, retention, and care models to optimize safe work environment and foster resiliency in our webinar “Nursing’s Wake-up Call: Change is Now Non-negotiable.” In this podcast, Nanne and Anne answer questions that were submitted by webcast attendees related to measuring nursing productivity and elevating the profession.

This podcast was recorded on March 25, 2022. Get instant access to the webinar, Nursing’s Wake-up Call: Change is Now Non-negotiable. 

Duration - 11:19

Academic/Practice Partnerships and Preparing Practice-Ready Nurses

Duration - 33:59

Supporting the Nursing Workforce with Alternative Care Models

Duration - 33:32

Influencing Policy & Leading Health Equity: A Conversation with Susan C. Reinhard, RN, PhD, FAAN

Duration - 22:59

The Fabric of Being a Nurse: A Conversation with Lisa Kreeger, PhD, RN

Duration - 29:06

Nursing Leadership during COVID-19: An Interview with Rosanne Raso, DNP, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, FAONL

Duration - 33:24

Trust and Spheres of Influence: An Interview with Karen Cox, PhD, RN, FACHE, FAAN

Dr. Karen Cox was appointed President of Chamberlain University in 2018. She is responsible for managing all undergraduate and graduate programs, which includes 22 physical campuses, as well as online programs.

In this podcast, learn about Dr. Cox’s journey in nursing, her insights on social justice, the future of nursing education, and the importance of board memberships for nurses.

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