Thought Leadership Blog

  • Tailored Coaching to Meet Every Leaders Needs


    No two members of your team are the same.  What motivates one could cause another to falter.  If your goal is to develop a dynamic leadership team, then forgo the cookie-cutter coaching approach and engage experts who provide tailor-made coaching programs focused on individualized learning and mentoring needs. 

    Kirby Bates’ expert panel of coaches are capable of ensuring success in meeting your career goals.  Certified Kirby Bates coaches understand the intricacies of nurse leader challenges offering contemporary best practice solutions guaranteed to meet performance expectations. 

    Tailor-Made For Success

    •  Make your next career step up the ladder 

    •  Navigate through challenging situations

    •  Explore financial management skills

    •  Groom for COO or CEO role 




    Kirby Bates coaches are completely dedicated to the most important aspect of the coaching equation… you. Options available for consideration include nursing leadership team cohort competency education, specialized competency training and education, individualized coaching programming, one on one professional career guidance, and relationship management technique exploration. 

    To learn more about how you can advance your career through individualized professional coaching services, please contact:

    Pamela DeCampli MSN, RN, NEA-BC,
    Executive Vice President 
    and Certified Coach

    Phone: (610) 898-3354



  • The Next Generation in Workforce Solutions is Here


    Is your organization ready to get disruptive?

    As nursing executives working with organizations across the country, we know first-hand the challenges many organizations are facing in getting a sufficient supply of high-quality contingent staff (i.e. travel nurses) when they need them. That is why we are so pleased to share with our colleagues that there is a new platform, Healthcare Workforce Logistics, (HWL), that brings a whole new approach for engaging contingent healthcare workers – all aimed at higher quality staff at lower cost.   

    Much of the dissatisfaction with today’s contingent workforce programs is that, up until now, healthcare organizations have only had two inherently deficient options:

    The third-party Managed Service Program (MSP) model, which accesses and manages contingent staff from multiple staffing agencies, and the staffing agency-based model, which provide their own contingent staff and also use other staffing agencies when they can’t meet demand. The third-party MSP programs offer competitive pricing and vendor neutrality but they lack transparency, offer limited services, and they have failed to evolve over time.

    The staffing-agency model offers value-added clinical staff screening services and priority access to their own contingent staff but they lack competitive rate setting and they create mistrust between themselves and other staffing companies they rely on due to unethical business practices (candidate poaching). This negatively impacts the ability of healthcare organizations to get high-quality staff at reasonable prices.  The biggest deficits in both models is they do nothing to foster using internal resource pools before going to outside agencies and they lack the recruitment market intelligence that HWL offers.

    Disrupt the Status Quo with Healthcare Workforce Logistics

    HWL is a new workforce solution that provides organizations with greater flexibility, transparency and more control over resources than ever before. A key differentiator in the HWL workforce solution is their ability to provide a modern, scalable and cost-effective workforce solution that is like no other on the market today.

    It promotes and supports using internal staff before accessing outside agencies, it is vendor-neutral, it provides the best pricing and it offers powerful recruitment market intelligence that supports both permanent and contingent staff recruitment.

    Through an open ecosystem architecture, real-time market data and professional exchange platform, healthcare organizations can engage healthcare workers directly to drive more supply, improve fill rates and optimize pricing through a variety of sourcing options.  The web-based professional exchange platform is tailored to handle an entire healthcare workforce, including internal resource pools and staff in all departments across the organization.


    No longer will healthcare organizations be at the mercy of agencies to supplement their staffing shortages at exorbitant bill rates.  

    Healthcare Workforce Logistics is the newest addition of the Jackson Healthcare portfolio of seventeen independently-managed and operated staffing, search and technology firms, including Kirby Bates.

    HWL and KBA are working together to introduce this compelling new approach to workforce management to all types of healthcare organizations.  We are pleased to introduce Julie O’Keefe Vice President of Workforce Solutions. 

    To learn more about this opportunity, please contact
    Julie O’Keefe Vice President of Workforce Solutions at HWL.  

    O: 407- 249 3171 | C: 760-274-7696 Jokeefe@hwlmsp.com



    Karen K. Kirby, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, FACHE, FAAN

    President & CEO

    Office: 610-667-1800 ext. 306  
    Direct Line: 617-514-0040  Mobile: 267-968-1880

    E-Mail: kkirby@kirbybates.com

    Learn more about KBA and our team of experienced professionals. 





  • What’s Your Story?


    Kirby Bates helps to make success stories happen. 

    Every healthcare organization has its own unique story.  As they work diligently to serve the needs of their communities, each day turns a new page filled with challenges and successes.  Intertwined within many organizations’ narrative lies a common key element, Kirby Bates Associates (KBA) Executive Search.  KBA is proud to be the catalyst for many “successful endings”. Here is one such account.

    A Perfect Match 

    A nationally known, financially strong, acute care facility was strategically focused on regional growth. They had worked diligently to develop robust systems but needed a nursing leader to foster staff engagement to reach their full potential.  Recognizing they needed a best in class leader, they turned to KBA to recruit a new Chief Nursing Officer who could help them achieve their goals. 


    Working closely with the administrative team, KBA brought a fresh perspective and presented highly qualified potential candidates for the Nursing/PCS leadership role. KBA identified a CNO with the skills to support their strategic expansion, promote care across the continuum as well as build nursing infrastructure, communication, and engagement. Helping to secure the right candidate turned their story into a success story. 

    Are You Ready for Success?

    If the answer is yes, contact the KBA Executive Search Team to help you find the right leader to achieve the strategic goals of your organization. KBA places transformational nurse executives and senior level healthcare leaders who help turn strategy into reality.


    The Right Leader Could Turn Your Story into Success. 

    M. Jane Fitzsimmons, MSN, RN
    Executive Vice President, Search Services
    617-514-0050   |   jfitzsimmons@kirbybates.com

    As a prior CNO/COO, Jane brings expertise in executive search, leadership, and consulting. She successfully manages executive and senior leadership searches for healthcare organizations and systems across the country. 

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