Cathleen A. Wheatley, MS, RN, CENP
Cathleen Wheatley became chief nurse executive and vice
president of clinical operations of Wake Forest Baptist Health in September
In her position, Wheatley is responsible for the overall
performance of assigned clinical care operations across Wake Forest Baptist,
including oversight of nursing care for patients throughout the health system.
She also has responsibility for clinical compliance, nursing informatics,
patient experience and clinical information systems training.
Prior to joining Wake Forest Baptist, Wheatley worked for
2 years in the United Arab Emirates at Abu Dhabi Health Services (SEHA) as
system chief nurse executive. SEHA includes 12 hospitals with 2,600 beds, 62
ambulatory care clinics and 17,000 employees.
At SEHA, she established enterprise-wide nursing and
allied health integration through standardized evidence-based clinical
competencies and productivity measurement. She also developed a system-level
capacity management plan subsequently adopted by the regulatory body and a
standardized model for care coordination, utilization management and
Before going to Abu Dhabi, Wheatley was senior vice
president, chief clinical operating officer and chief nurse executive at DeKalb
Regional Health System. Prior to that, she served as the health system’s chief
Her accomplishments at DeKalb Regional include reducing
length of stay, reducing hospital-acquired infection rates and establishing a
Center for Nursing Practice to optimize nursing excellence at the bedside and
to recruit and retain top nursing talent.
Wheatley earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in
nursing and a graduate certificate in gerontology at Georgia State University
and is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Nursing Degree at the University of
Central Florida. She is a certified executive in nursing practice (C.E.N.P.) as
credentialed by the American Organization of Nurse Executives.
She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse
Executives, the North Carolina Organization of Nurse Leaders, and Sigma Theta
Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.