The Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence commissions original research into the nature of, and solutions to, Colorado’s nursing workforce shortage. We also provide Colorado-specific and national data from outside sources. In addition to such research and background information, you can also find progress reports on Center projects on this page.
Dr. Karren Kowalski and Marianne Horner have published an article in Colorado Nurse regarding the Faculty Development Initiative findings.
In 2005 the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence was awarded a $1 million dollar grant from the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment to address the severe shortage of clinical faculty in the state of Colorado. The availability of nursing student clinical education represents one of the most significant bottlenecks in the provision of adequate numbers of new nurses in Colorado and nationally. To date, the program has trained over 450 new clinical faculty members, called Clinical Scholars."
>to read more:
Faculty Development Initiative Goal to Increase Clinical Faculty (2008)
Learn all about the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence's activities in 2008
› Report on 2008 Activities
New Graduate Nursing Transition to Practice: Current and Future Needs
download the November 2007 report
Nursing in Colorado: Measuring Quality and Supporting Patient Safety
Heath care quality and patient safety is fully dependent on the availability of well-educated, compassionate nurses. With no foreseeable abatement in Colorado’s nursing shortage, let alone the nation as a whole, critical measures must be taken to avoid the compromise of our health care system. In this groundbreaking report, key state and industry leaders come together with crucial recommendations addressing nursing education, retention, compensation and standards of quality measurement — clearly positioning Colorado as a national thought leader in this area. › download December 2007 report
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