Dr. Barbara E. Lakatos has over twenty-five years of professional experience as an advanced practice nurse and is board certified in psychiatric and mental health nursing. She is focused on the translation of care at the bedside, incorporating psychiatric and mental health needs of patients, to improve the safety and quality of patient outcomes. In addition to her advanced practice and educator roles, she is skilled in practice development, systems work, conflict management and change. She has developed numerous professional roles and programs that address patient care and improve quality and safety.
In her current role as Program Director for the Psychiatric Nursing Resource Service at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, she provides direct consultation to patients and families admitted for medical care who develop concurrent psychological issues such as delirium, alcohol, dementia, suicide, anxiety and depression. She provides coaching and education to inter-professional staff to improve psychologically based care. Dr Lakatos is expert in the care of patients with delirium and has focused on delirium for her research, scholarship, practice and education.
Dr. Lakatos completed a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at West Virginia Wesleyan College, a Master of Science in Nursing at Boston College, a graduate level certificate in the Andragogy of Nursing Education and a Doctorate of Nursing Practice degree at the University of Connecticut. Her professional certification includes ANCC Clinical Nurse Specialist in Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing. She is a member of numerous professional organizations including Sigma Theta Tau International, Phi Kappa Phi, and the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.
Dr. Lakatos has authored peer-reviewed articles on adult learning theory, patient falls, delirium and alcohol withdrawal, and chapters on change leadership in complex systems. She lectures extensively and welcomes the opportunity to answer your questions.