Dr. Mary Lynne Knighten is a board certified nurse executive with more than 30 years of progressive management experience in leading patient care operations, developing staff, building clinical programs, improving patient satisfaction and quality outcomes, mitigating cost inefficiencies, controlling budgets, ensuring regulatory compliance, educating, conducting research, and negotiating contracts for major medical centers and teaching hospitals.
Dr. Knighten is a recognized expert, international speaker, and published author in the area of leadership, palliative care, patient-and family-centered care, and patient/family engagement.
Dr. Knighten graduated with a Doctor of Nursing Practice in 2012 from the University of San Francisco’s Executive Leadership program. Her expertise in patient- and family-centered care (PFCC) has resulted in sustainable PFCC practices, policies, and programs, including creating Patient Family Faculty roles for interprofessional education, engaging Patient Family Advisor roles to partner with organizational leaders for co-design, and sustaining robust Patient Family Advisory Council activity.
Dr. Knighten has published in the areas of grant writing with the target audience Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) students and practitioners, patient- and family-centered care leadership, health ministries. This includes:
Knighten, M.L. (2017). Health Care Grant Writing in Acute, Ambulatory and Community Care. In K.T. Waxman (Ed), Financial and Business Management for the Doctor of Nursing Practice
Knighten, M.L & Quaye, B. (2014). Patient and Family Centered Leadership. In L. Rubino, S. Esparza, & Y.R. Chassiakos, (Eds), New Leadership for Today’s Health Care Professional: Concepts and Cases.
Knighten, M.L. (2013). Health Care Grant Writing in Acute and Ambulatory Care. In K.T. Waxman (Ed) Financial and Business Management for the Doctor of Nursing Practice.
In addition, Dr. Knighten has written a series of Care Notes™ focused on mental health, advance care planning, and patient/family engagement and designed to educate patients and families.
Dr. Knighten currently serves as Adjunct Faculty at Azusa Pacific University, and Consultant at California State University, Northridge in the Department of Health Sciences, Health Administration Program. She has served as mentor and committee member for DNP students at five universities.
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