Kathleen Bobay
Associate Professor

(414) 288-3851


Nursing Administration, Health Care Systems Leadership

Highest Degree
Ph.D., University of Michigan

Brief Statement of Scholarly Interests
I am interested in the effects of the nurse work environment on patient and nurse-sensitive outcomes. My current research involves the nurse work environment effects on 30-day readmission, ED utilization and patients' perceptions of discharge teaching. I am also studying patient-level factors in failure to rescue and RN job satisfaction.

Titles of Courses Recently Taught

Selected Publications

Newhouse, R. Bobay, K., Dykes, P.C., Stevens, K.R., & Titler, M. (in review). Methodology issues in implementation science. Medical Care.

Salamon, L., Victory, M., & Bobay, K. (in press). Identification of patients at risk for falls in an inpatient rehabilitation program. Rehabilitation Nursing.

Lewis, C. Gunta, K., Mitchell, K., & Bobay, K. (2012). Effectiveness of multimodal pain management protocol in total knee replacement patients, Orthopedic Nursing, 31(3), 153-159.

Stendahl, G., Bobay, K., Berger, S. & Zangwill, S. (2012). Organizational structure and processes in pediatric heart transplantation: a survey of practices. Pediatric Transplantation, 1b, 257-264.

Nicklasch, D. & Bobay, K. (in press). Quality improvement project: analysis of efficiency of current order set for the diagnostic work-up to evaluate neurogenic stress for the diagnostic work-up to evaluate neurogenic stress myocardium in aneurysmal subarachnoid hemorrhage. Journal of the Academy of Nurse Practitioners.

Weiss, M.E., Yakusheva, O., & Bobay, K.L. (2011). Nurse staffing, readiness for hospital discharge, and post-discharge utilization. Health Services Research, 46(5), 1473-1494.

Bobay, K.L., Yakusheva, O., & Weiss, M.E. (2011). Outcomes and cost analysis of the impact of unit-level nurse staffing on post-discharge utilization. Nursing Economics, 29(2), 69-78,87.

Nosbusch, J.M., Weiss, M.E., & Bobay, K.L. (2011). An integrated review of the literature on challenges confronting the acute care staff nurse in discharge planning. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 20(5-6),554-574.

Bobay, K.L., Jerofke, T.A., Weiss, M.E., & Yakusheva, O. (2010). Age-related differences in perception of quality of discharge teaching and readiness for hospital discharge. Geriatric Nursing, 31(3), 178-187.

Weiss, M.E., Yakusheva, O., & Bobay, K.L. (2010). Nurse and patient perceptions of discharge readiness in relation to postdischarge utilization. Medical Care, 48(5),482-486.

Bobay, K.L., Gentile, D.L., & Hagle, M.E. (2009). The relationship of nurses’ professional characteristics to levels of clinical nursing expertise. Applied Nursing Research, 22, 48-53.

Bobay, K.L., Fiorelli, K.L., & Anderson, A.J. (2008). Failure to rescue: a preliminary study of patient-level factors. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 23(3), 211-215.

Feng, X., Bobay, K., & Weiss, M. (2008). Patient safety culture in nursing: a dimensional concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 63(3), 310-319.

Matheson, L. & Bobay, K.L. (2007). Validation of oppressed group behaviors in nurses.   Journal of Professional Nursing, 23(4), 226-234.

Bobay, K.L. (2004). Does experience really matter? Nursing Science Quarterly, 17(4), 313-316.

Grants or Awards
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Title: A Quality and Cost Analysis of Nurse Practice Predictors of Readiness for Hospital Discharge and Post-Discharge Outcomes (Co-PI: Weiss, Bobay, Yakusheva)

Professional Memberships




The Marquette Neighborhood Health Center

The center is designed as a nurse managed health center, under the auspices of the Marquette University College of Nursing, providing community access to health care services while enhancing educational opportunities for nursing students. Learn more about MNHC.