Expert in Thriving & Surviving in Today's Health Care Environment; Executive Editor of American Nurse Today
Dr. Leah Curtin is an internationally recognized nurse leader, ethicist, speaker, and consultant in the nursing field. A strong advocate for the nursing profession as well as the quality of patient care, Dr. Curtin has long been known for her contributions to the nursing community and brings a wealth of experience and expertise to her audience. Her monthly editorials were known for their wit and ability to touch the heart of a nursing issue. In 1998, Dr. Curtin left Nursing Management to edit and publish her own newsletter, Curtin Calls, which is certain to be a great success.
Dr. Curtin's varied nursing career began as a staff nurse at the Veteran's Administration Hospital and the Visiting Nurses Association of Cincinnati. She has also been a faculty member, a consultant and lecturer, an advisory board member, an author and editor-inchief, and a founding director of both the National Center for Nursing Ethics and the Christian Family Center, a community outreach agency in Cincinnati, Ohio. Throughout her career, Dr. Curtin has remained a nurse dedicated to quality patient care.
Dr. Curtin is currently Clinical Professor of Nursing at the University of Cincinnati College of Nursing and Health. For over 20 years, she was the Editor-in-Chief of Nursing Management. She was instrumental in the development of the annual Nursing Management Congress. In addition, Dr. Curtin assisted in the launch of the Journal of Wound Care Management. She also served as Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Systems Management from 1998 to 2006. She is included in Sigma Theta Tau’s Pivotal Moments in Nursing: Leaders Who Changed the Path of a Profession, Volume II and Nursing and Health Care Ethics: A Legacy and a Vision, edited by Winifred Pinch and Amy Haddad. In 2007, she was appointed to the Standards and Appeals Board of DNV Healthcare, recently deemed by Medicare to accredit U.S. hospitals, a radically new approach to accreditation.
A graduate of the Good Samaritan Hospital School of Nursing and the University of Cincinnati, Dr. Curtin earned a master's degree in health planning and health administration and a Master of Arts in philosophy with a dual major in ethics and linguistic analysis from the Athenaeum of Ohio. In 1982, she was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing in recognition of the national impact of her work, and in 1990 she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the State University of New York for the impact her editorial leadership had on the development of nursing and health care in the United States. In 2002, The Medical College of Ohio awarded her a second honorary doctorate for humanitarian services in connection with her work in war-torn Yugoslavia. Dr. Curtin has also been listed in Who’s Who in America since 1991 and Who’s Who in the World since 1992.
Dr. Curtin has received numerous honors and awards, including the "Woman of the Year" award from the International Biographical Institute, "A Nurse Who has Made a Difference" award from the Medical College of Ohio College of Nursing, and the "Dunlap Lecture Award" from the 7th Medical Command, U.S. Army. She also has been listed in "Who's Who in America" and "Who's Who in the World."
Dr. Curtin is known for her engaging, humorous and no-punches-pulled lecture style. Her Keynote addresses are thought-provoking and real eye-openers
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