faculty profile

Leanne Boehm   PhD, RN, ACNS-BC

Assistant Professor


Dr. Boehm focuses her research on strategies to improve outcomes for the critically ill. Specifically, she has worked extensively on reducing the prevalence of ICU delirium through implementation of an interprofessional evidence-based bundle (i.e., ABCDEF bundle). Her primary research interests include exploration of interventions to improve interprofessional protocol implementation, adherence, and fidelity in the acute care setting; implementation of ICU peer support and diary programs with exploration of the associated patient, staff, and organizational outcomes; and exploration of interventions to reduce the burden of Post-Intensive Care Syndrome. She is a former Vanderbilt Postdoctoral Fellow and Veterans Affairs Quality Scholar. Dr. Boehm is affiliated with Vanderbilt's Center for Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction and Survivorship, formerly known as the ICU Delirium and Cognitive Impairment Study Group, and the Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research. She is also president of the Vanderbilt School of Nursing Iota Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing.


  • PhD, Vanderbilt University
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University
  • BS, Pennsylvania State University
  • PA, Mercyhurt University

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Develop strategies to improve interprofessional protocol implementation, adherence, and fidelity in the acute care setting (e.g., ABCDEF bundle, early mobility).
  • Develop strategies to improve the implementation of ICU diaries and ICU peer support programs and evaluate the associated organization and patient outcomes.
  • Develop and test the effectiveness of a telehealth delivery method for multidisciplinary ICU recovery care.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of interventions to reduce the burden of post-intensive care syndrome for ICU survivors and their support persons


2018 - Vanderbilt Scholars in T4 Translational Research (V-STTaR) Program (1K12HL137943-01)
Direct costs: $613,312

2018 - Optimizing the Use of ICU Diaries by Critical Illness Survivors and their Families: A Systems Analysis (VR52580, NIH # UL1TR002243)
Direct costs: $4,950

2017 - International Collaborative Assessment of ICU Recovery Needs (CAIRN study)
Direct costs: $15,887

2017 - THRIVE Peer Support Collaborative site funds
Direct costs: $5,000

2014 - ABCDE Bundle Efficacy & Factors Influencing Adherence: A Pilot Study (#20170)
Direct costs: $9998

2013 - Barriers and Facilitators to the ABCDE Bundle: A Focus Group Study (VR6420, NIH #UL1TR000445)
Direct costs: $924

Representative Publications


Vasilevskis, E.E., Ely, E.W., Speroff, T., Pun, B.T., Boehm, L.M., Dittus, R.S. (2010). Reducing iatrogenic risks: ICU-acquired delirium and weakness - crossing the quality chasm. Chest, 5(138), 1224-1233. DOI: 10.1378/chest.10-0466

Vasilevskis, E.E., Morandi, A., Boehm, L.M., Pandharipande, P.P., Girard, T.D., Jackson, J.C., ... Ely, E.W. (2011). Delirium and sedation recognition using validated instruments: reliability of bedside intensive care unit nursing assessments from 2007 to 2010. Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 59(s2), S249-S255. DOI: 10.1111/j.1532-5415.2011.03673.x

Balas, M.C., Vasilevskis, E.E., Burke, W.J., Boehm, L.M., Pun, B.T., Olsen, K.M., ... Ely, E.W. (2012). Critical care nurses' role in implementing the "ABCDE bundle" into practice. Critical Care Nurse, 32(2), 35-47. DOI: 10.4037/ccn2012229

McPherson, J.A., Wagner, C.E., Boehm, L.M., Hall, J.D., Johnson, D.C., Miller, L.R., ... Pandharipande, P.P. (2013). Delirium in the cardiovascular intensive care unit: exploring modifiable risk factors. Critical care medicine, 41(2), 405. DOI: 10.1097/CCM.0b013e31826ab49b

Brummel, N.E., Vasilevskis, E.E., Han, J.H., Boehm, L.M., Pun, B.T., Ely, E.W. (2013). Implementing delirium screening in the ICU: Secrets to success. Critical Care Medicine, 41(9), 2196-2208. DOI: 10.1097/CCM.0b013e31829a6f1e

Boehm, L.M., Vasilevskis, E.E., Mion, L.C. (2016). Interprofessional perspectives on ABCDE bundle implementation: A focus group study. Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing, 35(6), 339-347. DOI: 10.1097/DCC.0000000000000208

Boehm, L.M., Vasilevskis, E.E., Dietrich, M.S., Wells, N., Ely, E.W., Pandharipande, P.P., Mion, L.C. (2017). Organizational domains are associated with variation in ICU provider attitudes regarding the ABCDE bundle. American Journal of Critical Care, 26(3), e18-e28. DOI: 10.4037/ajcc2017297

Boehm, L.M., Dietrich, M.S., Vasilevskis, E.E., Wells, N., Pandharipande, P.P., Ely, E.W., Mion, L.C. (2017). ICU provider perceptions of ABCDE bundle workload burden are associated with adherence. American Journal of Critical Care, 26(4), e38-e47. DOI: 10.4037/ajcc2017544

Giuseffi, J.L., Borges, N.E., Boehm, L.M., Wang, L., McPherson, J.A., Fredi, J.L., ... Pandharipande, P.P. (2017). Delirium After Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement. American Journal of Critical Care, 26(4), e58-e64. DOI: 10.4037/ajcc2017474

Brummel, N.E., Boehm, L.M., Girard, T.D., Pandharipande, P.P., Jackson, J.C., Hughes, C.G., ... Ely, E.W. (2017). Subsyndromal Delirium and Institutionalization Among Patients with Critical Illness. American Journal of Critical Care, 26(6), 447-455. DOI:

Professional Organizations

  • American Delirium Society, 2013
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine, 2013
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, 2003
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, 2003


  • American Delirium Society Delirium Hero Award, 2018
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses Circle of Excellence Award, 2018
  • American Delirium Society Best Clinical Research Poster, 2017
  • American Delirium Society Best Clinical Research Poster, 2016
  • VUMC Research & Evidence-Based Practice Award, 2014
  • VUSN Centennial PhD Fellowship, 2011