Kathleen Stolzenberger


Kathleen Stolzenberger, PhD, RN

Kathleen Stolzenberger is a nationally recognized nurse leader who is widely respected for her expertise and influence in advancing professional nursing practice. Her career spans both academic and clinical appointments in progressive leadership roles. She served as President of the Connecticut League for Nursing for several years and was actively involved in forging statewide coalitions to advance nursing education.

Kathleen served as Director of Professional Practice and Magnet Project Director at Middlesex Hospital in Connecticut for over 14 years. She led the organization to its first Magnet® designation in 2001 when it became the 35th Magnet® facility in the country and the first Magnet hospital in Connecticut. In 2005 and again in 2008, she authored their Magnet® documents that were accepted on initial submission. Kathleen guided the organization through successful site visits that earned Middlesex Hospital its second and third Magnet® designations and is assisting them to prepare for a fourth designation in 2013.

Since 2006, Kathleen has consulted with over 50 hospitals to advance professional practice and strengthen the nursing work environment. She provides expert services to organizations applying for ANCC Magnet designation as well as to those invested in building the infrastructure for nursing research, peer review, and shared governance. Kathleen served as an ANCC Consultant from 2007 to 2012 before joining Nursing Consulting Partners. In that capacity, she assisted more than 30 hospitals in achieving Magnet® designation and guided dozens more in preparing for the Magnet® journey. Among these were freestanding specialty organizations, children's hospitals, and acute care facilities of every size and configuration. Many clients retain her services repeatedly for interim assessments, preparation for re-designation, and guidance in addressing document deficiencies for re-designation when identified by the ANCC Commission.

Kathleen's research interest is the practice of direct care nurses and the unit and organizational context in which it occurs. An educator at heart, she has a special talent for engaging staff nurses in understanding the real meaning and impact of the Magnet Model® in everyday clinical practice. Kathleen is adept at helping organizations develop and integrate professional practice models that hold relevance and meaning for practicing nurses. In 2005, she co-authored a chapter in Leadership Competencies for Clinical Managers: The Renaissance of Transformational Leadership by Barker, Sullivan, and Emery.

Kathleen has earned a reputation as a dynamic speaker and engaging presenter. She has presented at four of the most recent ANCC Magnet Conferences, including the 2012 pre-conference ANCC Research Symposium. She is a frequent keynote speaker during leadership retreats and Nurses Week activities and is the recipient of several leadership awards.

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Client Testimonials

Thank you for your wonderful presentation entitled “RN Care Coordination: Practice, Education, and Certification” at our Catalyst Academy 2015. Your important topic and great presentation style had the audience immediately engaged
Holly A. De Groot, PhD, RN, FAAN
Catalyst Systems, LLC
You had a hand in getting us there [receiving Magnet® status].
Thanks for your article in the Nurse Leader on shared decision making. I always appreciate your words of wisdom in this arena.
Great examples of control charts used [in NCP’s webinars] to “tell a story” of improvement over time.
What a difference a peer makes! Our discharge medication reconciliation accuracy rose from 56% to greater than 90% in one year, and our improvement has been sustained for over one year beyond that.
Nicole Jones, RN, MS & Beth Lacoste, RN, MSN
East Jefferson General Hospital, Metairie, LA
We appreciated the examples you presented [in your webinars] per standard – this was helpful related to many standards be written generically.
Our Pathway to Excellence® document was accepted! Thanks for all of your help!
Pathway to Excellence® Project Director
Thank you for helping us on our way to Magnet® status. I know your visits to us and your advice steered us on this journey. We value your input.”
We just summarized the comments from your presentation – Our nurses loved our consultant and her message.
Judy Boerger
Parkview Medical Center
Thank you so much for an amazing Nurses Day! We had the best turnout ever, and your presentations were spectacular. People have been talking about it ever since, and I’ve heard grumbling from people who couldn’t be there—a sure sign of a great event! Thank you for your wisdom and support! It has been totally great working with you.
Paul Parker, RN, BC
Mid Coast Hospital, Brunswick, ME
We value your input – I especially value your candor and wisdom!
Excellent presentation! I’m excited about implementing peer review in our organization. Fabulous speakers with a true passion for the content.
Peer Review Workshop 2012
I wanted to say thank [our consultants] for their insight. I’m a staff nurse and beyond their guidance for Magnet, they provided insights into my profession while tying in IOM and ANA principles. You inspired my colleagues and myself with our journey.
Joy Fumera
Kaiser Permanente Orange County-Irvine
Thank you for the excellent workshops you conducted for our nursing leaders, council members, and educators. Finalizing the professional practice model as well as writing our bylaws, and council charters and objectives, was monumental. There was overwhelmingly positive feedback and enthusiasm as we move forward on our shared governance journey. Thank you for your leadership and expertise.
St. Mary's Health System
The level of excitement since your visit is outrageous. Staff are even more engaged and energized, with most talking about the learnings you shared.
Just wanted to take a moment to send you a personal note of thanks for all of the efforts you and your team put into helping our organization successfully achieve its fourth Magnet designation. Although Julie and her leadership group are enjoying many well-deserved accolades for this successful accomplishment, I have certainly not forgotten that it was you and your partners who helped immeasurably in getting our Magnet efforts back on track and providing assistance and mentoring to Julie and our team as they navigated this process and re-tooled our nursing governance structure. It is amazing to think back 2 ½ years and realize how far our nursing team has come in that short amount of time. Thanks so much again Kathleen for all of the time, thought and effort you and your colleagues put into helping us achieve this milestone.
Rob Myers MHA, FACHE
Chief Operating Officer, Goshen Health