Faces in Nursing
Sharon Pappas, PhD, RN

Sharon Pappas, PhD

Sharon H. Pappas, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN is the chief nurse executive for Centura Health and chief nursing officer of Porter Adventist Hospital in Denver, Colorado.  She is also graduate faculty at the University of Colorado College of Nursing.

Dr. Pappas is a member of Centura Health’s senior leadership team and is responsible for nursing practice across Centura’s fourteen hospital, senior care, and home care agencies.  With Porter designated as a Magnet hospital, she works to establish this same nursing excellence as a distinctive competency throughout Centura.

In policy development for the state, Dr. Pappas completed five years of service on the Colorado Board of Nursing and served on the governor’s Task Force for Nurse Staffing.  She is a board member for AONE and for the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence, which supports nursing workforce development.  Dr. Pappas has authored numerous articles for peer-reviewed journals and provided many conference presentations focusing on the significance of nurses in managing patient safety and hospital costs.  She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, CGEAN, American Nurses Association, and the American Organization of Nurse Executives.

Dr. Pappas holds a master of science in nursing administration from Georgia College School of Nursing and a bachelor of science in nursing from the School of Nursing, University of Georgia Medical College.  She completed her PhD at the University of Colorado Health Science Center with research focus on cost and clinical outcomes that are sensitive to nursing.


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