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 through implementation of the ABCDEF bundle. She has advanced training in implementation science and quality improvement. Her current research is evaluating the feasibility of telehealth delivery for ICU Recovery Care. Dr. Boehm is an investigator with Vanderbilt's Center for Critical Illness, Brain Dysfunction and Survivorship (www.icudelirium.org). View a video abstract of Dr. Boehm's meta-synthesis of ICU delirium-related distress.


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

  • Quality improvement methods and measures
  • Designing and testing interventions
  • Career development


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


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

McPeake, J.M., Iwashyna, T.J., Boehm, L.M., Mikkelsen, M.E., Quasim, T., Haines, K.J., Sevin, C.M. (In Press). Peer support benefits ICU survivors by shared expectations, care de-briefing, and opportunities for altruism: Learning from an international critical care population. American Journal of Critical Care.

Drumright, K., Jones, A.C., Gervasio, R., Russell, M., Boehm, L.M. (In Press). Implementation of an Intensive Care Unit Diary Program at a Veterans Affairs Hospital. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, ePub.

Mickelson, R.S., Piras, S.E., Brown, L., Carlile, C., Drumright, K.S., Boehm, L.M. (2021). The Use and Usefulness of ICU Diaries to Support Family Members of Critically Ill Patients. Journal of Critical Care, 61, 168-176.

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.

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.

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.

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, ePub.

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).

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.

Spiegelberg, J., Song, H., Pun, B.T., Webb, P., Boehm, L.M. (2020). Early Identification of Delirium in ICU Patients: Improving the Quality of Care. Critical Care Nurse, 40(2), 33-43.

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.
* Designated as "Editor's Choice" for issue
* Recognized as a top-downloaded paper by journal for 2020

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.

Haines, K.J., McPeake, J.M., Hibbert, E., Boehm, L.M., Aparanji, K., Bakhru, R.N., ? Sevin, C.M. (2019). Enablers and Barriers to Implementing ICU Follow-up Clinics and Peer Support Groups Following Critical Illness: The THRIVE Collaboratives. Critical Care Medicine, 47(9), 1194-1200.

Haines, K.J., Sevin, C.M., Hibbert, E., Boehm, L.M., Aparanji, K., Bakhru, R.N., ? McPeake, J.M. (2019). Key Mechanisms by Which Post-ICU Activities Can Improve In-ICU Care: Results of the International Thrive Collaboratives. Intensive Care Medicine, 45, 939-947.

Wilson, J.E., Boehm, L.M., Samuels, L.R., Unger, D., Leonard, M., Roumie, C., ? Han, J.H. (2019). Use of the brief Confusion Assessment Method in a Veteran Palliative Care Population: A Pilot Validation Study. Palliative and Supportive Care, 1-5.

McPeake, J.M., Hirshberg, E., Christie, L., Drumright, K., Haines, K., Hough, T., ? Iwashyna, T. (2018). Models of Peer Support to Remediate Post-Intensive Care Syndrome: A Report Developed by the Society of Critical Care Medicine Thrive International Peer Support Collaborative (THRIVE). Critical Care Medicine, 47(1), e21-e27.

Girard, T.D., Exline, M.C., Carson, S.S., Hough, C.L., Rock, P., Gong, M.N., ... Ely, E.W. (2018). Haloperidol and ziprasidone for treatment of delirium in critical illness. New England Journal of Medicine, 379, 2506-2516.

Girard, T.D., Thompson, J.L., Pandharipande, P.P., Brummel, N.E., Jackson, J.C., Patel, M.B., ? Ely, E.W. (2018). Clinical Phenotypes of Delirium During Critical Illness and Severity of Subsequent Long-term Cognitive Impairment: A Prospective Cohort Study. The Lancet Respiratory Medicine, 6(3), 213-222.

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.

Wang, J., Boehm, L.M., & Mion, L.C. (2017). Intrinsic capacity in older hospitalized adults: Implications for nursing practice. Geriatric Nursing, 38(4), 359-361.

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.

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.

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.

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.


  • 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 (CAIROrg)
  • American Delirium Society
  • Society of Critical Care Medicine
  • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing


  • 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