faculty profile

Leanne Boehm   PhD, RN, ACNS-BC, FCCM

Assistant Professor


Dr. Boehm's research aims to eliminate delirium, oversedation and immobilization in intensive care, and maximize the quality of survivorship for patients and family members following critical illness. She has worked extensively on reducing the prevalence of ICU delirium and post-intensive care syndrome (PICS) through implementation of the ABCDEF bundle, ICU peer support groups, and ICU recovery clinics. She has advanced training in implementation science and quality improvement. Her current research is evaluating the feasibility and efficacy of telehealth ICU recovery care services. Dr. Boehm is an investigator with the Vanderbilt's Center for Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction and Survivorship (www.icudelirium.org) and faculty with the Vanderbilt Center for Clinical Quality and Implementation Research.

View a video abstract of Dr. Boehm's meta-synthesis of ICU delirium-related distress [Video]

Perceptions of ICU Hospitalization and Recovery [Video]


  • PhD, Vanderbilt University
  • MSN, Vanderbilt University
  • BS, Pennsylvania State University
  • AD, Mercyhurst University


  • Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist

Current Research/Scholarly Interests

  • Develop, test, and implement 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.
  • Exploration of interventions to reduce the burden of post-intensive care syndrome (PICS).

Academic Interests

  • Implementation science
  • Quality improvement methods and measures
  • Designing and testing interventions


2019: Telehealth Enhanced Patient Oriented Recovery Trajectory after ICU: TelePORT study, Vanderbilt Discovery Grant
Direct costs: $100,000

2019: Improving ICU Recovery in Survivors of Critical Illness, American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
Direct costs: $49,999

2018: Vanderbilt Scholars in T4 Translational Research (V-STTaR) Program (1K12HL137943-01), NIH/NHLBI
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), Society of Critical Care Medicine
Direct costs: $15,887

2017: THRIVE Peer Support Collaborative site funds, Society of Critical Care Medicine
Direct costs: $5,000

2014: ABCDE Bundle Efficacy & Factors Influencing Adherence: A Pilot Study (#20170), American Association of Critical Care Nurses
Direct costs: $9998

Representative Publications


Kovaleva, M., Jones, A.C., Kimpel, C.C., Lauderdale, J., Sevin, C.M., Boehm, L.M. (2022). Patients' and Caregivers' Perception of Intensive Care Unit Hospitalization and Recovery. American Journal of Critical Care, in press. 

Jeffery, A.D., Werthman, J.A., Danesh, V., Dietrich, M.S., Mion, L.C., Boehm, L.M. (2021). ABCDEF bundle implementation: Quantifying the influence of access to bundle-enhancing supplies and equipment. Critical Care Explorations, 3(9):e0525. 

Boehm, L.M., Jones, A.C., Selim, A.A., Virdun, C., Garrard, C.F., Walden, R.L., Ely, E.W., Hosie, A. (2021). Delirium-related distress in the ICU: A meta-synthesis of patient and family perspectives and experiences. International Journal of Nursing Studies, 122, 104030. 

Sevin, C. M., Boehm, L. M., Hibbert, E., Bastin, A. J., Jackson, J. C., Meyer, J., ... & McPeake, J. (2021). Optimizing Critical Illness Recovery: Perspectives and solutions from the caregivers of ICU survivors. Critical Care Explorations, 3(5), e0420. 

Danesh, V., Hecht, J., Hao, R., Boehm, L., Jimenez, E., Arroliga, A., Sanghi, S., & Stevens, A. (2021). Peer support for post intensive care syndrome self-management (PS-PICS): Study protocol for peer mentor training. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 77(4), 2092-2101. 

Drumright, K., Jones, A.C., Gervasio, R., Russell, M., Boehm, L.M. (2021). Implementation of an intensive care unit diary program at a Veterans Affairs hospital. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 36(2), 155-161. PMCID: PMC7889738 

Boehm, L.M., Lauderdale, J., Garrett, A.N., Piras, S.E. (2021). A multisite study of multidisciplinary ICU team member beliefs of early mobility. Heart & Lung, 50(1), 214-219. PMCID: PMC7738426 

Robinson, C., Hibbert, E., Bastin, A.J., Meyer, J., Montgomery-Yates, A., Quasim, T, ... Boehm, L.M. (2020). An international study exploring the roles and experience of survivors of critical illness as volunteers within ICU recovery services. Critical Care Explorations, 2(11), e0273. 

Jones, A.C., Hilton, R., Ely, B., Gororo, L., Danesh, V., Sevin, C.M., Jackson, J.C., Boehm, L.M. (2020). Facilitating post-traumatic growth after critical illness. American Journal of Critical Care, 29(6), e108-e115. PMCID: PMC8011280 

Rogan, J., Zielke, M., Drumright, K., Boehm, L.M. (2020). Institutional challenges and solutions to evidence-based, patient-centered practice: Implementing ICU diaries at 2 U.S. sites. Critical Care Nurse, 45(5), 47-56. PMCID: PMC7651863

Boehm, L.M., Pun, B.T., Stollings, J.L., Girard, T.D., Rock, P., Hough, C.L., ... Ely, E.W. (2020). A multisite study of nurse-reported perceptions and practice of ABCDEF bundle components. Intensive and Critical Care Nursing, 60, 102872. PMCID: PMC8011280

McPeake, J.M., Boehm, L.M., Hibbert, E., Bakhru, R.N., Bastin, A.J., Butcher., B.W., ... Haines, K.J., Sevin, C.M. (2020). Key components of ICU recovery programmes: What did patients report provided benefit? Critical Care Explorations, 2(4), e0088. PMCID: PMC7188426 

Boehm, L.M., Drumright, K., Gervasio, R., Hill, C., Reed, N. (2020). Implementation of a patient and family-centered ICU peer support program at a Veterans Affairs hospital. Critical Care Nursing Clinics, 32(2), 203-210. PMCID: PMC7393793 

Boehm, L.M., Stolldorf, D.P., Jeffery, A.D. (2020). Implementation science training and resources for nurses and nurse scientists. Journal of Nursing Scholarship, 52(1), 47-54. PMCID: PMC6942197 

Eaton, T.L., McPeake, J.M., Rogan, J., Johnson, A., Boehm, L.M. (2019). Caring for the critical illness survivor: Current practices and the role of the nurse in ICU aftercare. American Journal of Critical Care, 28(6), 481-485. PMCID: PMC7137734 

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. PMCID: PMC5831547 

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. PMCID: PMC5714508 

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. PMCID: PMC5693381 

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. PMCID: PMC5089165 


  • American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
  • Annals of the American Thoracic Society
  • Intensive and Critical Care Nursing
  • SAGE Open Nursing
  • Heart & Lung
  • Critical Care Nurse
  • Journal of Critical Care
  • American Journal of Critical Care
  • American Nurse Today
  • Critical Care Medicine
  • Dimensions of Critical Care Nursing
  • Geriatrics

Professional Organizations

  • Critical and Acute Illness Recovery Organization (CAIRO)
  • American Delirium Society
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing


  • American Delirium Society Borten Family Foundation Junior Investigator Award, 2021
  • Fellow, American College of Critical Care Medicine, 2021
  • 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