Faces in Nursing

Kathy Harris, RN MS

Kathy Harris, RN, currently serves as vice president, clinical services for the Western Region of Banner Health.  Her responsibilities include ensuring that the highest quality, evidence-based clinical, professional, and operational practices are designed and reliably executed throughout all Banner Health facilities.  Her role supports, coaches and mentors the clinical leaders in Banner’s twelve, soon to be thirteen, Western Region facilities, particularly the CNOs, and she acts as a consultant to them and all entities across Banner.

Prior to her current position, Kathy has served in a variety of clinical and leadership roles.  Her clinical experience has been predominantly within the discipline of Pediatric Intensive Care.  Her management activities have provided her with a number of progressively responsible leadership opportunities, including service as a service line director and as a Chief Nursing Officer, culminating in her current position.  She has presented on a many topics, particularly leadership, to a variety of audiences, both in the US and abroad.  She has served as adjunct faculty in preparing RNs to obtain their BSN degrees as well.

Kathy earned her Master of Science degree from the University of Colorado in 1984, her Bachelor of Science degree from Metropolitan State College in 1981, and her Diploma in Nursing from the Henry Ford Hospital School of Nursing in 1972.  She is or has been a member of various organizations and Boards including: American Organization of Nurse Executives; the Alliance for Ethical International Recruitment Practices, American College of Healthcare Executives; Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders; Colorado Organization of Healthcare Executives; and the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence (Board of Directors, Chair, 2014).  Kathy has also participated in several committees of the Colorado Hospital Association.  She is a Wharton Fellow and past AONE Board Member from Region 8.  She was elected to serve on the Nominations Committee for 2009-2010.

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