Phil Authier RN, MPH

Phil Authier is a partner in Edgework Institute of Grand Rapids, Michigan, a consulting company focusing on making a difference in the world. He spent four years as Senior Vice President of Lant & Associates, focusing on the work environment through the Spirit of Care Giving®. Phil Authier has worked in top leadership positions since 1978. He has worked as Director of Nursing, Assistant Administrator, Hospital Administration, and Vice President of Patient Care. Phil brings much strength to a leadership position – from mentoring and leadership development, to communication and consensus building.

Phil Authier has had many years experience in coaching healthcare leaders and providers. He is a trained personal and professional coach and certified in 4 Gateways Coaching. Coaching methodologies include 4 Gateways Coaching, the Sedona Method, Polarity Management, Personal Story Work and “The Work” of Byron Katie. Phil has also developed and lead workshops that train facilitators in the art of facilitation.

Phil is a nurse and knows and understands nursing, but in addition, he brings a broad base knowledge of all positions within the healthcare setting. His belief is that each and every position/role is important to the success of the healthcare system. The one word that describes Phil as a leader is “connection.”

Phil has a presence of calmness and has focused on helping others obtain sustainability through self care. He has written and spoken on balance, self care, and being present; in addition to, topics concerning an improved work environment.

Phil has spent over 25 years as a Chief Nursing Officer – nineteen of those at St. Mary’s Healthcare Center (a Catholic Health Initiative facility – CHI) in Pierre, SD. Phil served on the Nurse Executive Advisory Board within CHI helping to craft several nursing efforts within the CHI system.

Phil is a patient advocate and has extensive experience in directing nursing operations and the operational, financial, regulatory and business activities associated with an active and collaborative nursing team. He works well with all organizational departments including finance and physician partners. He has lead strategic planning efforts, as well as budgetary and productivity efforts. Phil believes that a healthcare system is here to serve the community into the future and works to establish systems that are sustainable – maintaining consistent quality outcomes for patients and for staff.

Phil has been involved with the Center for Nursing Leadership in an ongoing effort to bring new aspects of management, knowledge and leadership to the nursing profession. Phil served on the Board of Nursing and understands practice issues as well as the various professions scope of practice. He also developed a strong working relationship with the Department of Health and together they created a training ground for state surveyors within St. Mary’s Healthcare Center. He has close to thirty years of professional nursing leadership experience across the continuum of healthcare.

Mr. Authier is also Past-President of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE), a national organization of over 6,000 nurse leaders who design, facilitate, and manage care. In AONE, Phil was a leader of leaders. In addition he has been very involved in the American Hospital Organization being the voice of Nursing at the CEO Table. He serves on the Editorial Board for Nursing Administration Quarterly and is co-issue editor of the first two issues of NAQ for 2008 on Caring Competencies in a Complex Healthcare Environment.
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