Linda Searle Leach, M.N. ’80, Ph.D.

An assistant professor in the UCLA School of Nursing who also has an appointment as a nurse scientist with the Nursing Research Program at Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Leach is a health services researcher who examines healthcare organizations, nursing administration and leadership, the professional role of the registered nurse, and care delivery issues including patient safety. She coauthored a policy report, California’s Nursing Workforce: Increasing Capacity in Schools of Nursing for the California Institute for Nursing and Health Care, outlining recommendations to address nursing educational capacity issues for the State of California. Prior to joining the faculty at UCLA, Leach was involved with the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles Versant RN Residency, where she designed and evaluated a version of an innovative approach to advanced education for nurses. Leach was the national president of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN), the world’s largest specialty nursing organization, and president of the AACN Certification Corporation in 1988-89.