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Gail Wolf, PhD, RN, FAAN

Acute and Tertiary Care

    School of Nursing
327 Victoria Building
3500 Victoria St
Pittsburgh, PA 15261

Phone: 412-648-3047
Fax: 412-383-7227


My primary research interests lie in the area of organizational dynamics, team development and systems. I have always been fascinated by what nursing leaders can do to create dynamic, progressive work environments and the impact that has on nursing outcomes. Beginning with my doctoral dissertation, which focused on factors relating to job satisfaction in nursing, I have spent my career focusing on these issues. In 1989 two of my colleagues and I developed A Transformational Model for Professional Practice in Health Care Organizations. This model provides the framework for integrating a health care system, balancing competing priorities, developing leaders and staff, and maintaining an unerring focus on the organization’s values and goals. My current research focuses on the application and outcomes of this model.


I have taught nursing leadership at Pitt as an adjunct faculty member since 1982. After twenty four years of management and leadership experience, I moved to a full time faculty position in 2005 in order to coordinate the graduate programs in Nursing Leadership. In 1999 I founded a three tiered Leadership Academy which is designed to prepare emerging, operational, and strategic leaders from across the country with the leadership skills they need to adapt and excel in a transformational health care environment. In addition, I have conducted numerous seminars and lectures across the United States, Finland, Canada, Greece, Italy, Australia and Japan.


I am a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives, for which I also served as President from 1991-1992. I am a Fellow in the American Academy of Nursing, and also a Wharton Fellow. Currently I serve as a member of the Magnet Commission. Additional organizations to which I belong include Sigma Theta Tau and the American Nurses Association. I have served on the Advisory Council for Health and Human Services, as well as the Editorial Board for the Journal of Nursing.


PhDIndiana University, Indianapolis, IN
Nursing Administration, Organizational Psychology
MSNUniversity of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
Nurse Practitioner
BSNWest Virginia University, Morgantown, W.VA

Professional Experience

1985-1994Vice President, Nursing Administration, Shadyside Hospital, Pittsburgh, Pa


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