Kathleen Bobay
Associate Professor
Option Coordinator for Systems Leadership and CNL programs


(414) 288-3851


Nursing Administration, Health Care Systems Leadership

Highest Degree
Ph.D., University of Michigan

Brief Statement of Scholarly Interests
My program of research broadly focuses on the value of Registered Nurses in providing safe, high quality care and the effects on patient outcomes.  RNs provide much of the health care in the US, but have received little recognition for nursing’s contribution to excellent patient outcomes.  The READI study considers the effects of the nurse work environment in contributing to decreasing 30 day readmissions from acute care hospitals.

Titles of Courses Recently Taught

Selected Publications

Bobay, K.L., Bahr, S.J., Weiss, M.E., Hughes, R.G., & Costa, L. (In press). Models of discharge care in Magnet hospitals. Journal of Nursing Administration.

Weiss, M.E., Bobay, K.L., Bahr, S.J., Costa, L., Hughes, R.G., Yakusheva, O., & Holland, D.E. (In review). A conceptual model for hospital discharge preparation. Journal of Nursing Administration.    

Hughes, R.G., Bobay, K.L., Jolly, N., & Suby, C. (2013). Comparison of nurse staffing based on changes in unit-level workload associated with patient churn. Journal of Nursing Management. DOI:10.1111/jonm.12147

Weiss, M.E., Costa, L., Yakusheva, O., & Bobay, K.L. (2013). Validation of patient and nurse short forms of the Readiness for Hospital Discharge Scale and their relationship to return to the hospital.  Health Services Research. DOI:10.1111/1475-6773.12092

Vartanian, H.K., Bobay, K.L., & Weiss, M.E.  (2013). Nurses’ perceptions of sustainability of Magnet efforts. Journal of Nursing Administration, 43(3), 166-171.

Newhouse, R.P., Bobay, K., Dykes, P.C., Stevens, K.R., & Titler, M. (2013). Methodology issues in implementation science. Medical Care, 51, S32-S40.

Salamon, L., Victory, M, & Bobay, K. (2012). Identification of patients at risk for falls in an inpatient rehabilitation program. Rehabilitation Nursing, 37(6), 292-297.

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. Available online: 27 April. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-6773.2011.01267.x

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., 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.

Grants or Awards

American Nurses Credentialing Center, Title: READI Study: Readiness Evaluation And Discharge Interventions Study (Co-PI: Weiss, Bobay, Hughes, Costa, Yakusheva), 2014-2017.

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




College of Nursing Mission Statement

Through a transformational Catholic, Jesuit education, Marquette University College of Nursing prepares nurse leaders to promote health, healing and social justice for all people through clinical practice and development of nursing knowledge.