Cathy R. Ward

BSN 1977

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Cathy R. Ward, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, is a 1977 Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate of the UAB School of Nursing. She retired in Spring 2017 as Director of Nursing for the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, California and Assistant Clinical Professor in the UCLA School of Nursing. In this role, Dr. Ward was responsible for nursing care in the inpatient and observation areas in the medical center, which is composed of 24 nursing units, 455 licensed beds, and more than 2,500 employees; including approximately 1,800 registered nurses. She has provided leadership and direction at UCLA for the past 26 years in various management roles. Prior to her appointment at UCLA, Dr. Ward was an assistant professor at Boston University School of Nursing, a clinical nurse specialist at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston, and a cardiovascular nurse clinician in cardiac surgery at the University of Alabama. She also served as a member of the executive transition team in the planning and opening of the new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in 2008. Dr. Ward was named the UAB School of Nursing Distinguished Alumna in 2015.