Kristen Kichefski, MSN, MBA, RN, PMH-BC, NEA-BC, Named Chief Nursing Officer for Bradley Hospital

 Kristen Kichefski, MSN, MBA, RN, PMH-BC, NEA-BC, Named Chief Nursing Officer for Bradley Hospital
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RIVERSIDE, R.I.– Following an extensive national search, Bradley Hospital has appointed Kristen Kichefski, MSN, MBA, RN, PMH-BC, NEA-BC, as Chief Nursing Officer.


Kichefski comes to Bradley Hospital from the Massachusetts Department of Mental Health (DMH) Dr. Solomon Carter Fuller Mental Health Center, a 60-bed inpatient psychiatric hospital affiliated with Tufts Medical School, where she served as Director of Nursing.


Prior to that, Kichefski worked as the Director of Nursing at the DMH Cape Cod and Islands Community Mental Health Center. Skilled in administration, operations, education, policy and quality initiatives, including workforce development standards and patient safety practices, she has also held nursing leadership roles at McLean Hospital in Belmont in Massachusetts and Butler Hospital.


“Ms. Kichefski has dedicated her career to the advancement of high-quality, patient-centric care. We are very fortunate to have her as a member of the Bradley Hospital and Lifespan community, and look forward to the significant positive contributions she will bring to the organization,” said Henry Sachs, MD, president, Bradley Hospital.

“It’s a thrill for me to have the opportunity to join Bradley Hospital, nationally and internationally known for the expert care it provides so many children and families, and to continue to build on the unique and cutting-edge psychiatric nursing care that is available here,” said Kichefski.


A registered nurse (RN) with ANCC board certifications in psychiatric mental health nursing and as a nurse executive, advanced, Kichefski obtained a bachelor of science in nursing from Rhode Island College, a master of science in nursing from the University of Texas at Tyler, and is pursuing a doctor of nursing practice at UMASS Medical School. She holds a faculty appointment at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Services and has had appointments at Rhode Island College and the University of Rhode Island.

Kichefski is an active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA), where she serves as treasurer and board member. A member of the American Nurses Association (ANA), and the International Society of Psychiatric Nurses, she served on the APNA and International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses joint task force responsible for the ANA’s third edition of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing: Scope and Standards of Practice, published in the summer of 2022.

About Bradley Hospital

Founded in 1931, Bradley Hospital (, located in East Providence, R.I., was the nation’s first psychiatric hospital devoted exclusively for children and adolescents. It remains a nationally recognized center for children’s mental health care, training and research, bringing in $7 million in external research funding annually. Bradley Hospital is a member of the Lifespan health system and is a teaching hospital for The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University. Follow us on Facebook ( and on Twitter (@BradleyHospital). 

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