Karen Grimley, PhD, MBA, RN, FACHE, NEA-BC, is the Chief Nursing Executive for UCLA Health. In that role she is responsible for the overall delivery and management of patient care and professional nursing practice, clinical education, professional development, research and clinical services.


Doctorate in Nursing (PhD)Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Master in Business Administration (MBA), Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA

Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), St. Anselm College, Manchester, NH

J & J Wharton Fellowship Program, University of Pennsylvania, Wharton School of Business

RN LicenseState of Florida, State Of California

FACHE Credential, American College of Healthcare Executives

Honors and Awards

2012  Beryl Institute Scholar 

2010  Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing

2009  FONE Scholarship recipient

2007  Cambridge Who’s Who Registry of Executives and Professionals

2001  Best Director of Nursing, Florida Medical Business

1992   Who’s Who in American Nursing

Publications and Presentations

Ladd, C., Grimley, K., Hickman, C. & Toohey, T. 2013. Teaching end-of-life nursing using simulation. Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing. 15, 1, p. 41-51.

“Value from a Nursing Perspective.” Presentation at UCLA Health ValU Summit: What is Value, and what does it mean to the ever-changing healthcare industry? UCLA, March 24, 2016.

“Nurse as Leader: Making Magic Happen.” Presentation at Dignity Health Chief Nursing Officer Annual Meeting. Mandalay Bay Convention Center, Las Vegas, September 27, 2012

“Using nursing knowledge and professional experience to establish credibility in the eyes of the patient.” Keynote address to California State University- Fullerton, School of Nursing. White Coat Ceremony, March 2015.

“Clinical Alignment.” Panelist in the 2014 Pathways to Cures: Clinical Translational Research Day at UCI, UC Irvine, June 27, 2014.

“Advancing the Patient Experience. Strategies for Nurse Executives: Achieving Compassionate, Connected Care.” Panelist in the breakout session at the 2014 Press Ganey Regional Education Symposium, San Francisco, CA, April 30- May 1, 2014.

“Transitions: Role Assimilation and the Novice Nurse.” Presentation at Novice Nurse Leadership Institute. Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, November 6, 2009, November, 2010.

“Understanding the Complexity of Today’s Hospital Environment: A Rookie’s Survival Guide.” Presentation at Novice Nurse Leadership Institute. Florida Atlantic University Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing, November 20, 2009; November 2010.

“Managing Clinical Preference Items.” Break Out Session Co-presented with Client at AHRMM (Association for Hospital Resource and Materials Management of the American Hospital Association), August 14, 2007.

“Implementation of a Procedure Optimization Program in a Tertiary Care Center: A Case Study.” White Paper presentation at 2nd Annual Broadlane Client Care Summit, March 2005.

“Mix and Modeling.” Workforce Planning presentation at Employer of Choice Best Practices Summit, Tenet Southeast Division, November 2001.