About Katherine

Katherine Virkstis is a managing director for the Nursing Executive Center and the Global Centre for Nurse Executives at Advisory Board. During her ten years with Advisory Board, Katherine and her teams have focused on uncovering best practices in nursing, with a spotlight on clinical quality, care coordination, top-of-license practice, care delivery models, staff engagement, and strategic planning.

She has authored more than 15 publications, including The High-Reliability Clinical Enterprise, Build Your Workforce from the Outside-In, Motivational Interviewing 101, Patient Decision Aids 101, Building the High-value Care Team, The National Prescription for Nurse Engagement, Achieving Top-of-License Nursing Practice, Elevating Frontline Critical Thinking, Nurse-Led Strategies for Preventing Avoidable Readmissions, Strengthening Interdisciplinary Collaboration, and Bridging the Preparation-Practice Gap.

Prior to joining the firm, Katherine practiced family medicine for five years in Central Vermont. She has also served as a research consultant for PinnacleCare, a Baltimore health advising firm. She has authored several articles published in various nursing journals, including Nurse Educator and Journal of Nursing Administration (JONA). Katherine also serves as a member of JONA’s editorial board.

Katherine holds a Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland and, Oregon and a Bachelor's degree in biology with honors from the University of Vermont.

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