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University of Colorado College of Nursing professor named “Edge Runner”

Goode recognized for her involvement with the new Nurse Residency Program

Colleen Goode

AURORA, Colo. - Colleen Goode, PhD, RN, FAAN, NEA-BC, professor of nursing at the University of Colorado College of Nursing was named an “Edge Runner” by the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) in recognition of the effectiveness of an innovative and influential model of care she has helped to develop. The designation is applied to nurses who have pioneered innovative, nurse-led models of care that remedy a problem in health care delivery or provide a previously unmet health need for a population. Edge Runners are the centerpiece of AAN’s Raise the Voice campaign, supported by a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Goode has been involved in the University HealthSystem Consortium (UHC) and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) Nurse Residency Program™. This one-year program helps baccalaureate nursing graduates transition to their first professional position and motivates them to stay in the profession. It has had tremendous success in increasing new graduate retention rates, saving hospitals money, and improving nurses’ morale and commitment to the profession.

 A special taskforce began planning for the residency program in 1999. The group, which recognized a need for a post-baccalaureate program was co-chaired by Goode, who was then chief nursing officer at the University of Colorado Hospital and chair of the UHC Chief Nursing Officer Council, and Carolyn Williams PhD, RN, FAAN, who was then Dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Kentucky and President of AACN.

 “Even if you’re the best nursing school in the country, you can’t prepare nurses to work in today’s hospital environment. Our patients are too ill and our systems are too complex,” Goode said. “These are smart, well prepared students coming out of baccalaureate programs, but there are some aspects of the job that can only be taught in the hospital clinical setting. The residency program builds on what they’ve already learned.”

 The program’s curriculum was developed by a team of educators from participating nursing schools and acute care hospitals. It is evidence-based and does not repeat education already provided in the baccalaureate degree. Residents are immersed in clinical work with a clinical preceptor who has attended training based on the national residency curriculum. They also attend monthly seminars, receive specialty training targeted to their area of clinical service, complete an evidence-based final project, select a mentor, and construct a career plan for their own development.

 Located at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., the University of Colorado College of Nursing offers some of the highest ranked programs in the country -- from bachelor's through doctoral degrees and post-graduate certificate programs. The college offers several specialties through its master’s program and the only PhD program in clinical research in Colorado. It also is the birthplace of nurse practitioner education and the caring movement, and was one of the first schools in the country to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The College of Nursing was voted "Aurora's Best of the Best 2010" - Best School, "Critic's choice,” by The Aurora Sentinel. For more information, visit the UC Denver Newsroom.


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