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Linda Searle Leach, Ph.D., RN, NEA-BC, CNL
Assistant Professor

Location: 3-234 Factor Building
Phone: (310) 825-4606

Faculty Research and Clinical Expertise

Nursing leadership; Interdisciplinary teams, including surgical teams and rapid response teams focusing on team effectiveness as a critical safety process to prevent adverse outcomes; Early detection of patient risk to reduce preventable deaths in acute care hospitals.

Clinical Expertise
Nursing administration, health care systems, organizations and change, professional nursing practice; critical care nursing


Nursing Administration Theory N218A
Quality Management N269
Health Systems N268
Health Policy N267

Professional Activities

American Association of Critical - Care Nurses (AACN) and AACN Certification Corporation
Board of Directors, Treasurer      1985 - 1987
President-Elect        1987 - 1988
President         1988 - 1989
California Strategic Planning Committee for Nursing
Advisory Board        1993 - 2001

Association of California Nurse Leaders
 Board of Directors        2001 - 2003
 Professional Practice Committee, Board Liaison    2001 - 2003  
 Joint Academia/Service Task Force      2002 - 2005 
 Member, Patient Safety and Quality Committee    2003 - 2005
 Steering Committee for Research      2007 - 2008
 Nursing Research Committee, Co-chair     2008 - 2009
 Nursing Research Committee, Member     2009 - 2010
 Leadership Development Team, Member     2010 - present
 Future of Nursing Leading Change Improving Health   2011 - present
 Regional Action Committee, California


Arizona State University, BSN with distinction, Nursing
University of California, Los Angeles, MN, 1980, Nursing:  Cardiovascular Critical Care
University of Southern California, PhD, 2000, Public Administration:  Healthcare Management

Honors and Awards

Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society   1988
Award for Excellence in Leadership Gamma Tau Chapter   
Distinguished Service Citation      1990
California State Board of Registered Nursing    
Special Advisory Committee on the Nursing Shortage

American College of Cardiology Special Recognition Award   1991
Nominated Best Paper from a Dissertation    2001
Health Care Management Division Academy of Management

Excellence in Nursing Leadership     2005
Association of California Nurse Leaders 

UCLA Faculty Development Award     2010

UCLA School of Nursing Distinguished Alumni   2011


Sayre MM, McNeese-Smith D, Leach LS, Phillips LR. (2012). An educational intervention to increase "speaking-up" behaviors in nurses and improve patient safety. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 27, 154-160.

Leach, L.S., Myrtle, R.C., Weaver, F.A (2011). Surgical teams: Role perspectives and role dynamics in the operating room.  Health Services Management Research, 24:81-90.

Leach, L.S., Mayo, A., and O'Rourke, M. (2010). How RNs rescue patients: A qualitative study of RNs perceived involvement in rapid response teams. Quality and Safety in Health Care, published online first April 8, 2010.
Available at www.qshc.bmj.com/content/early/2010/0406/qshc.2008.o30494.full.html

Leach, L.S., Myrtle, R.C., Weaver, F.A., and Dasu, S. (2009).  Assessing the performance of surgical teams. Health Care Management Review, 34, 1: 29-41.

Leach, L.S. (2008).  Leadership and management, In P. Kelly-Heidenthal (Ed.), Nursing leadership and management. 2nd ed. (pp. 1-30). Clifton Park, New York: Thomson Delmar Learning.

Leach, L.S. (2005). Nurse executive leadership and organizational commitment among nurses. Journal of Nursing Administration, 35, 5: 228-237.
Jones, D., and Leach, L.S. (2004). California's Nursing Workforce: Increasing Capacity in Schools of Nursing. A Report for the Governor. Sacramento, CA: California Institute  for Nursing and Health Care.

Leach, L.S. (2003). Leadership and management, In P. Kelly-Heidenthal (Ed.), Nursing leadership and management. (pp. 157-180). Clifton Park, New York: Thomson Delmar Learning.

Leach, L.S., Yip, J., Myrtle, R.C., and Wilber, K. (2001). Outcomes among orthopedic patients in skilled nursing facilities: Does managed care make a difference? Journal of Nursing Administration, 31, 11: 527-33.

Searle, L. (1996). 21st century leadership for nurse administrators.  Aspen's Advisor for Nurse Executives.  11(4): 1, 4 - 6.

Searle, L. (1990). Critical care content in baccalaureate curricula:  A clinical manager's   perspective. In Critical care in the nursing curriculum: Linking education and practice.  Newport Beach, California: American Association of Critical-Care Nurses. 

Searle, L. (1990). Image and education. In Recruitment and retention:  Strategies that work.  Newport Beach, California: American Association of Critical-Care Nurses.

Searle, L. (1989). The shortage:  Strategies toward resolution.  Heart and Lung, 17, (7): 25A-29A.

Searle, L. (1989). Implications of the nursing shortage.  American College of Cardiology Learning Center Highlights, 5(1): 16-18.  Reprinted in Focus on Critical Care.  June, 1990.

Searle, L. (1989). Critical care content in the baccalaureate curriculum.  Focus on Critical Care, 16(3): 88-89.

Searle, L. (1988). Preparing critical care nurses: An essential need. Focus on Critical Care, 16(2): 157-158.

Searle, L. (1988). Collaboration in crisis.  Heart and Lung, 17(5): 26A-28A.

Searle, L. (1988). The extent of the nursing shortage in critical care.  Heart and Lung, 17(6): 219-221.

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