Kathleen D. Pagana, PhD

"Use Momentum to Maximize Your Leadership Potential"


Dr. Pagana has been a leader in healthcare for more than 30 years, with experiences including
college teaching, administration, clinical practice, business management, consulting, writing, and
professional speaking.
Among the 25 books she has written, she has co-authored the number one best-selling book on
healthcare diagnostic and laboratory testing. This book (Mosby’s Diagnostic and Laboratory Test
Reference) has sold more than one million copies and has been translated into five languages.
She began her professional career in the Army Nurse Corps, where she rose to the rank of
Captain and combined military protocol with clinical expertise, leadership, teamwork, and
patient care.

Kathy received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in Nursing Research, where shefocused on how individuals respond to stress. She created a research instrument that is still in
use around the world today.

Following completion of her PhD, she became a full professor in the Department of Nursing at Lycoming College and also held positions as Faculty Chairperson and Academic Dean. As the Academic Dean, the most common description of her leadership style was that she combined a broad knowledge base and strong management skills with excellent interpersonal communications.

Today she continues to serve Lycoming College as Professor Emeritus, the highest rank
awarded to faculty who have advanced the college mission through meritorious teaching, scholarship, and service.

Her most prestigious awards include the Army Commendation Medal, a Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, and numerous accolades recognizing her articles and books. Kathy and her husband, Tim, are the proud parents of 3 daughters. Kathy enjoys swimming, yoga, reading, golfing, weight lifting, running, biking, and competing in sprint triathlons.

Working today as an independent author and speaker, her presentations, seminars, and retreats help businesses and not-for-profit organizations address the challenges of leadership. Her new book, The Nurse’s Etiquette Advantage: How Professional Etiquette Can Advance Your Nursing Career, was recently published in 2008.

Testimonial for Kathleen D. Pagana, PhD

“Our conference theme this year was "leadership," so we knew we needed someone who could address this issue from a variety of perspectives. Kathleen was absolutely the best choice. One attendee noted, ‘Her presentation helped me to get my batteries recharged from the long flight the day before and get ready for the conference.’”
- Debbie Trueblood Witt, MSW, Executive Director, International Assoc. of Rehab. Professionals

“You had me from the moment you introduced yourself. I think if you asked every professional nurse in the room today, each one would say they felt like you were speaking to them directly. That is exactly how I came away feeling. Thank you for empowering us to say, ‘It’s okay to take time for ourselves and to say it out loud.’ I think as ‘Professional Nurses’ we give so much away to our jobs and families that we forget about our goals. I appreciated you taking the time to renew our minds and spirits. I can only imagine how many books will be written and BSN's will be achieved within the next year.
- Norma Mattocks, RN, BSN, Susquehanna Health System

“Your presentations are informative and entertaining. Your energy level is infectious. Your style if front of the group is superb. You are comfortable and appear to be talking to each person individually. You always listen to each person’s comments as if they are the most valuable comments of the day. Even as dynamic a speaker as you are, you remain open to the requests of your clients and work hard to make your programs a success. It is truly a wonderful experience working with you.”
- Elaine Stevens, Director of the Sales Academy, Quest Diagnostics

“In all of my education, I had one professor that stood out because the ideas that she presented really resonated with me and actually changed my value system. I think this is what you did for our graduating students last week. I am sure your presentation will be remembered as a highlight of their basic nursing education.”
- Molly Clay, Acting Director, Montgomery College

“I recently attended a seminar by Kathleen Pagana presented at the Geisinger Health System. I was very impressed not only with her knowledge but also her energy. She provided insight into writing and publishing, something in which I was interested in but unsure if I could do it. Kathleen inspired me to take the plunge and an article I wrote was accepted into publication. In addition, the company asked me to do an additional article in an upcoming issue.”
- Mary Ellen Dziedzic, RN, MSN, Clinical Nurse Educator

“Dr. Kathleen Pagana was an invited speaker at the 38th American Nephrology Nurses' Association National Symposium. Her session on professional etiquette was well received. Her manner of presentation engaged the audience and allowed interactive discussions and feedback. She was able to convey this topic in a non-threatening, but yet personal manner so that all attendees were able to gain individual insights. As program chair for this conference, I believe Dr. Pagana has much to share with the nursing world. She is a nursing leader and my business relationship and personal experiences have been very positive. I am happy to endorse her as a future speaker for ANNA as well as for other conference.”
- Carol Headley, RN, DNSc, ANNA Conference Planning Chair



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