Kathleen Turner is a clinical nurse in the Medical-Surgical Intensive Care Unit at UCSF Medical Center. Initially hoping to be a hospice nurse, Kathleen started in the ICU as a new grad and has been there on the night shift for over 15 years. She is now actively involved in quality improvement, research, and education initiatives at the intersection of palliative and critical care.
Kathleen is a faculty member of the IMPACT-ICU: Integrating Multidisciplinary Care into the ICU project. IMPACT-ICU combines communication skills training, contemplative practices, and clinical decision support for critical care nurses. She has been involved in several multicenter initiatives related to promoting a culture of respect in healthcare. She teaches at UCSF and elsewhere on withdrawal of life sustaining therapies, communication strategies, and sustainable nursing practice.
Kathleen’s passions are end-of-life critical care and transforming distress into resilience. We are more than technicians; how can the challenging situations we face be sources of growth for ourselves and those we serve? What happens in those moments when “There’s nothing more we can do?” To look more deeply into those questions, Kathleen is currently engaged in chaplaincy training to enrich traditional clinical practice.