Linda K. Groah, MSN, RN, CNOR, NEA-BC, FAAN
Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NAQC)
A veteran perioperative nursing executive, Linda has devoted her career to perioperative nursing practice, education, and executive management. Her previous professional positions include international healthcare consultation, Chief Operating Officer/Nurse Executive of Kaiser Foundation Hospital, San Francisco, and Assistant Director of Hospitals and Clinics OR-PACU and Surgery Center at the University of California San Francisco.
Throughout her career, Linda has focused on improving patient safety. At Kaiser Permanente-San Francisco, she introduced and piloted several patient safety initiatives including walking rounds for administration and the implementation of the “Just Culture” concept, an environment where actions are analyzed to ensure that individual accountability is established and appropriate actions are taken.
Awarded AORN’s Award for Excellence in Perioperative Nursing in 1989, Linda was inducted in 2000 as a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing. In 2005, she received Nursing Spectrum magazine’s California and US Nursing Excellence Award for Leadership. In 2006, she was named one of San Francisco’s 100 most influential women in business. In 2011 Linda was named by Becker’s as one of the top 10 Leaders in the Area of Clinical Quality and in 2013 was identified by Becker’s as one of 50 experts leading the field of patient safety.
Linda currently serves as the Chair of Nursing Alliance for Quality Care (NAQC). She also is a member of the editorial board of Nursing Spectrum.