Speaker, Consultant, and Medical Professional
Kathleen D. Pagana has been a leader in healthcare for more than 40 years, with experiences including college teaching, administration, clinical practice, business management, writing, and professional speaking. She is a Certified Speaking Professional and speaks at national and international conferences.
She has written more than 95 articles. Among the 29 books she has written, she has co-authored the number one best-selling book on healthcare diagnostic and laboratory testing. Mosby’s Diagnostic and Laboratory Test Reference has sold more than 2 million copies and has been translated into seven languages. She is the author of The Nurse’s Etiquette Advantage: How Professional Etiquette Can Advance Your Nursing Career. She is also a contributor to the second edition of Chicken Soup for the Nurse’s Soul. Her new book in the nurse’s advantage series is The Nurse’s Communication Advantage: How Business-Savvy Communication Can Advance Your Nursing Career.
Army Nurse Corps
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.
She received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in Nursing Research, where she focused 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 Department Chair, Faculty Chair, and Academic Dean. As the Academic Dean, her leadership style was often described as the combination of 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.
Honors and Awards
Her most prestigious awards include the Army Commendation Medal, a Faculty Award for Teaching Excellence, and numerous accolades recognizing her articles and books.
Working today as an independent author and speaker, her engaging presentations help healthcare organizations, businesses, and not-for-profit organizations address the challenges of leadership, life balance, presentation skills, and professional etiquette.
Kathy and her husband, Tim, are the proud parents of 3 daughters. Kathy enjoys swimming, yoga, golfing, weight lifting, running, and biking. She recently began competing in triathlons and wins medals every event – mainly due to the small number of participants in her age group!
Reinvesting in your Potential: A Game Plan for Life and Work
As Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams.” However, believing is not enough to reach our dreams and maximize our potential. We need to be proactive and take action demonstrating the importance of investing in ourselves. We need to cross the bridge from saying and thinking to actually doing and achieving. If you’re not for yourself, who else will be? This fun, interactive, and lively program provides the tools and techniques for building a career without sacrificing the importance of a personal life.
Life Balance for Nurses – Are You Crazy? There’s Hope!
Would you describe your life as sane and satisfying or chaotic and crazy? Overloaded people often abandon key self-care practices that bring relief and help them cope in stressful times. The resulting situation is unhealthy, unsustainable, and unnecessary. During this fun, lively, and interactive program, you’ll find ways to make vital adjustments in your personal and professional lives to handle the multiple decisions and requests bombarding all aspects of your life. You’ll learn that balance isn’t a luxury but a necessity for an energizing personal life and a rewarding career.
Balancing Your Life by Managing Your Time: How to Use Your Time Best … Every Moment … Every Day
Today’s high achieving individuals feel increased demands on their life, both socially and professionally. They increase the risk of living an “out of balance” life, stressing their health, and making them feel overwhelmed. By being more intentional about our time, we can increase both our productivity and sense of well-being. Learn how to: ◦Plan a balanced, productive, joyful life ◦Create opportunites for balance by deciding what you won’t do ◦Manage procrastination by building momentum ◦Create time for the “signature” tasks ◦Use “accountability colleagues” to stay on task
The Pursuit of Happiness: Generating Momentum to Reach Personal and Professional Goals
“How do we get from where we are to where we want to be?” That is the most important question for leaders of today and tomorrow. This engaging and inspirational session answers this question through the practice of generating professional momentum and maximizing leadership opportunities. Participants will learn how to position themselves today for the position they want tomorrow.
Positioning for Success: How to Position Yourself Today for the Success You Want Tomorrow
Whether you define success as a publication, a project, a position, or a personal goal, the steps leading to success begin with where you are today. This inspirational presentation shows how to build a powerful base, develop a winning strategy, and fail forward to success.
Celebrating the Pride and Passion of Nursing
This uplifting and thought–provoking program is designed to remind nurses why they chose nursing and to inspire them to face each day with passion and purpose. It will them make proud to celebrate their contributions to the profession they entered as new graduates, the profession they are working in today, and the profession they are shaping for tomorrow’s nurses.