Ward, director of nursing at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and an assistant clinical professor at the UCLA School of Nursing, is responsible for nursing care in all inpatient and observation areas in the hospital, mwhich has 24 nursing units and 445 licensed beds. More than 2,000 employees, including 1,400 registered nurses, are under her supervision. Ward has provided leadership and direction at UCLA for the past 23 years in a variety of management roles. Prior to her appointment at UCLA, she was assistant professor at Boston University School of Nursing; a clinical nurse specialist at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston; and cardiovascular nurse clinician in cardiac surgery at the University of Alabama. Ward also served as a member of the executive transition team for the planning and opening of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in June 2008.