Biography & Resume

Biography:  Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN

Before turning to healthcare as a career in 1994, Kathleen Bartholomew held positions in marketing, business, communications and teaching.  It was these experiences that allowed her to look at nursing from a different perspective and speak poignantly to the issues that effect nurses today.

Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN has been a national speaker for the nursing profession for the past eleven years.  As the manager of a 57 bed surgical unit in Seattle, Kathleen quickly recognized that creating a culture where staff felt a sense of belonging was critical to retention.  Throughout Swedish Medical Center Kathleen spoke to the numerous factors which propel our society toward isolation and encouraged staff to connect and value one another.  During her tenure as manager, staff, physician and patient satisfaction improved significantly as she implemented her down-to earth strategies for creating community. Despite the nursing shortage, Kathleen could always depend on a waiting list of nurses for her unit.

Kathleen’s Bachelor’s Degree is in Liberal Arts with a strong emphasis on Sociology. This background laid the foundation for her to correctly identify the norms and particular to healthcare – specifically physician-nurse relationships and nurse-to-nurse hostility. For her Master’s Thesis she authored “Speak Your Truth: Proven Strategies for Effective Nurse-Physician Communication” which is the only book to date which addresses physician-nurse issues.  In December of 2005, Kathleen resigned her position as manager in order to write a second book on horizontal violence in nursing. The expression, “why nurses eat their young” has existed for many years in the nursing profession (and has troubled many in the profession).  In her book, “Ending Nurse to Nurse Hostility” (2006), Kathleen offers the first comprehensive and compassionate look at the etiology, impact and solutions to horizontal violence. Kathleen won the best media depiction of nursing for her Op Editorial in the Seattle P.I. and in 2010 she was nominated by Health Leaders Media as one of the top 20 people changing healthcare in America.

Kathleen’s passion for creating healthy work environments is infectious. She is an expert on hospital culture and speaks internationally to hospital boards, the military, leadership and staff about safety, communication, cultural change and power.  With her husband, John J. Nance, she co-authored, “Charting the Course: Launching Patient-Centric Healthcare.” From the bedside to the boardroom Kathleen applies research to practice with humor and an ethical call to excellence. Everyone that hears her is inspired.


Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN
418 Cessna Ave
Friday Harbor, WA 98250


University of Washington, Bothell Campus
Masters in Nursing, June, 2005

Rockingham Community College, Wentworth, NC
Associate Degree in Nursing, May 1994

West Chester University, West Chester, PA
Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts, August 1991


December 2005 – December 2009 - Swedish Medical Center – staff per diem nurse on ortho/spine surgical unit, as well as national public speaker/consultant with Innovative Healthcare Speakers.

December 2005- June 2007 – Convergent Knowledge Solutions
Consultant to hospitals and ambulatory surgery centers teaching various aspects of applied patient safety: crew resource management, team work/communication, hand-offs and checklists.

February 2000- December 2005
Manager, Orthopedics and Spine - Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Managed a staff of eighty-five employees. Responsibilities included recruitment
and retention, staff education, staffing, scheduling, and disciplinary actions.
Full responsibility for daily operation of 57 bed unit/12,000 patient days.
Recognized for high patient, physician and staff satisfaction scores. Worked directly with COO and physicians to plan and design a free-standing Orthopedic Specialty Hospital.

October 1998 – Februrary 2000
Unit Supervisor, Orthopedics: Swedish Medical Center, Seattle, WA
Worked directly with manager to oversee activities of busy 29 bed
Orthopedic unit. Responsible for scheduling, competencies, and providing expert
clinical advice for difficult cases.

1996 - 2000 Neurology Staff RN, Swedish Hospital Medical Center, Seattle
Initially worked as a per-diem nurse through-out the hospital before accepting a position in Neurology with a dynamic team of doctors, nurses and social
workers. Recognized for astute clinical skills, integrating patient’s emotional and psychological needs into the plan of care and patient

1996 Supervisor: Wesley Long Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, NC Managed a staff of 16 to provide nursing services for 140 geriatric patients in accordance with Medicare guidelines. Acted as a liaison for physicians, family members and upper management.

1994-1996 Charge Nurse: Annie Penn Memorial Hospital, Reidsville, NC
Managed a staff of 6 nurses/aids to administer health care to a mix of pediatric, orthopedic, medical and surgical patients for a thirty-two bed unit. Served as a member of the case management task force.

Public Speaking:

Press Ganey, Orlando, FL, Nov., 2007
Kaweah Delta Healthcare, Visalia, CA, Oct. 2007
Bartlett Regional Hospital, Juneau, AK, Oct. 2007
Oklahoma Nurses Association Convention, Oct. 2007
Nursing Management Congress, Chicago, Sept. 2007
Clarian Healthcare System, Indianapolis, IN, Sept, 2007
Multicare Hospital System, Tacoma, WA, Sept. 2007
National Nursing and Quality QHR Conference, Sept., 2007
Memorial Hospital, Yakima, WA, Sept. 2007
Sigma Theta Tau International, Viena, Austria, July 2007
San Jacinto Hosptal, Baytown, Texas, May, 2007
Glendale Adventist Hospital, Glendale, CA, May, 2007
White Memorial Hospital, Los Angeles, CA, May, 2007
Olean General Hospital, Olean, NY, May, 2007
Lake Hospital System, Cleveland, Ohio, April, 2007
Puget Sound Oncological Society, March, 2007
Indiana Organization of Nurse Executives, March, 2007
Minnesota Organization of Nurse Executives, March 2007
Colorado Organization of Nurse Executives, Feb., 2007

Virginia Organization of Nurse Executive, October 2006
Healing Nurse to Nurse Hostility

National Nursing Symposium, Opening Keynote Address, April 2006
Tell Me Your Story: Healing Nurse to Nurse Hostility

National Nursing Symposium, Plenary session, 2005
“I’m Ok, You’re a Doctor: The RN/MD Game”

National Audio Conference, 80+ hospitals, HCPro, March 2005
Improving Nurse-Physician Relationships

National Orthopedic Nurses Association, May 2005
A Waiting List in a Nursing Shortage

National Nursing Management Congress, Oct. 04
Physician Nurse Relationships
Building Community at Work

Expanding Your Horizons: Math, Science and Technology Conference
The Art and Science of Nursing

Seattle University Opening Convocation speaker, September, 04
A Passion for the Art of Nursing

National Association of Orthopedic Nurses, May 04
Building Community at Work

National Nursing Management Congress, Oct. 2004
A waiting list in a nursing shortage? How to get them lined up!

Nursing 2003 Symposium, April, 2004
National Nursing Management Congress, Oct. 03
National Nursing Management Congress, Oct. 02
National Nursing Management Congress, Sept. 01


Bartholomew, K. A failure to rescue ourselves. AJN, American Journal of Nursing: November 2010 - Volume 110 - Issue 11 - p 11

Bartholomew, K. (2007). Stressed out about communication skills. HCPro, Marblehead, MA.

Bartholomew, K. (2005). Speak your truth: proven strategies for effective nurse-physician communication. HCPro, Marblehead, MA

Bartholomew, K. (March 2006). Ending nurse to nurse hostility: why nurses eat their young and each other. HCPro, Marblehead, MA

Manion, J. & Bartholomew, K. (2004) Community in the workplace. Journal of Nursing
Administration, Vol. 34, No. 1

Bartholomew, K. & Curtis, K. (2004) High tech, high touch, why wait?. Nursing
Management, Sept.

Bartholomew, K. (2004) The working wounded. NeuroNewsletter 2005. Seattle

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