David Bailey's background spans more than 30 years in nursing management, including leadership positions in critical care, cardiovascular services, respiratory therapy, among a few other departments at hospitals in Florida, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina before moving to California to join UCLA Health.

David has published multiple articles, and his research revolves around authentic and relational leadership practices in executive-level nursing. He has also presented on multiple topics in various venues, including podium presentations, panel interviews, webinars, and poster presentations.


Doctorate in Nursing (PhD)

Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Medical University of South Carolina

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) Medical University of South Carolina

Master in Business Administration (MBA), University of Phoenix

Professional Affiliates

David Bailey's professional affiliations include the Association for Leadership Science in Nursing (ALSN) where he is actively engaged at the national and international level on several initiatives; he completed his presidential term in 2023. He also holds membership in the American College of Healthcare Executives where he has earned the distinction of being a Fellow (FACHE). He also holds Fellow status in the American Academy of Nursing (FAAN) and in the American Organization of Nursing Leadership (FAONL).  He is also a member of five professional organizations and hold a critical care certification (CCRN) through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses and certification as a Nurse Executive (NEA-BC) through the American Nurses Credentialing Center.  


Peer - Reviewed

  • Raso, R., Bailey, K.D., Fitzpatrick, J.J., Kennedy, K., Leclerc, L. (2024, January). Bold Inquiry into Relational Leadership. Nursing Management.
  • Leclerc, L., Bailey, K. D., Fitzpatrick, J., Kennedy, K., & Raso, R. (2023). Getting schooled in relational leadership. Journal of Nursing Education, 62(11).  doi.org/10.3928/01484834-20231010-02
  • Lyle-Edrosolo, G., Saria, M.G., Bailey, K.D. (2023). Exploration of System Chief Nurse Executive’s Leadership Practices to Support, Mentor, Develop and Retain Nurse Leaders. Nursing Administration Quarterly, 47(3), 269-276. doi:10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000589
  • Bailey KD. Losty LS, Albert D, Rodenhausen N, De Santis JP. (2022) Leadership Presence: a concept analysis. Nursing Forum, 1-11. doi:10.111/nuf.12784. 
  • Valle, Y.; Tobias; M.K., Galuska, L.A.; Bailey, K.D. (2021). Three Threads for Weaving Nursing Excellence into the Fabric of an Organization. Nurse Leader. 20(1). doi:10.1016/j.mnl.2021.08.007.
  • Bailey, K.D.; De Santis J.P. (2021). Certification for Nurse Leaders: Recommendations for Practice. Nurse Leader, 19(3). doi.10.1016/j.mnl.2021.02.009. 
  • Losty, M.; Bailey, K.D. (2021). “Leading through Chaos: Perspectives from Nurse Executives.” Nursing Administration Quarterly, 45(2). doi:10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000456.
  • Bailey, K.D.; Cardin, S. (2018). “Engagement in Nursing: One Organization’s Success.” Nursing Administration Quarterly, 42(3). doi:10.1097/NAQ.0000000000000296.
  • Bailey, K.D.; Prestia, A. The healthy disruption of anger. (2022). JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration. 52(7/8). doi:10.1097/NNA.0000000000001169

Editor - Reviewed

  • Bailey, K.D. Leader to watch: Dr. Nicole Gruebling. Interviewed. Nurse Leader. doi.org/10.1016/j.mnl.2023.02.015
  • Bacon, C.T., Bailey, K.D., Caramanica, L., Losty, L., Nelson-Brantley, H., Prestia, A., Snow, F. & Wahl, C.  (2023; March). Creating new solutions for new challenges. Journal of Nursing Administration. DOI: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000001256
  • Prestia, A.; Bailey, K.D.; Caramanica, L.; Fischer, S.; Losty, M.; Snow, F.; Udod, S.; Warshawsky, N. (2022). ALSN 2021 Conference: Nursing Science for Leadership in the New Decade. JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration, 52(3). doi:10.1097/NNA.0000000000001116
  • Nelson-Brantley, H.V.; Bailey, K.D.; Batcheller, J.; Caramanica, L.; Cherry, B.; Snow, F.; Warshawsky, N. (2021). “Nurses Taking the Lead: A Look Back to Move Forward.” JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration, 51(3). doi:10.1097/nna.0000000000000980.
  • Nelson-Brantley, H.V.; Bailey, K.D.; Batcheller, J.; Caramanica, L.; Lyman, B.; Snow, F. (2020). “Disruptive Innovation: Impact for Practice, Policy, and Academia.” JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration, 50(2). doi:10.1097/NNA.0000000000000843.
  • Nelson-Brantley, H.V.; Bailey, K.D.; Batcheller, J.; Benard, N.; Caramanica, L.; Snow, F. (2019). “Grassroots to Global: The Future of Nursing Leadership.” JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration, 3(49). doi:10.1097/NNA.0000000000000723.


  • Bailey, K.D. (2019). “Examination of Authentic Leadership in Nurse Executives in Magnet and Non- Magnet Hospitals: A correlational study.” ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Global, (2317920867).