Dr. Amy Barton, Professor and Daniel and Janet Mordecai Endowed Chair in Rural Health Nursing, earned a BSN from the University of Toledo, an MSN from the Medical College of Ohio, and a PhD from the University of Florida. As Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Affairs at the University of Colorado Denver, College of Nursing she is responsible for the continuum of clinical education. This includes oversight of laboratory and simulation experiences, the coordination and staffing of over 600 clinical education placements per semester, leadership of faculty practice, and management of professional development and continuing education. She directs Sheridan Health Services, a nurse-managed clinic serving low-income residents of Sheridan, Colorado. She is also project director for Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN), a state-wide initiative funded by the Colorado Trust, after participation as a pilot school director in the national initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
She has published articles and book chapters on topics including faculty practice, patient outcomes, quality and safety, and informatics. Dr. Barton is a member of the 2005 cohort of the Robert Wood Johnson Executive Nurse Fellows, and serves as an advisor to a group of 2009 fellows. During the fellowship, she served as a fellow on the Sullivan Alliance to Transform America’s Health Professions. In addition she is the National Nursing Faculty Advisor for the Josiah Macy Jr., Foundation/IHI Open School initiative, Retooling for Quality and Safety. She is currently chair-elect of the Board of the National Nursing Centers Consortium and past-chair of AACN’s Practice Leadership Network. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau International, the American Nurses Association, and the American Medical Informatics Association. She was elected to membership as a Distinguished Practitioner in the National Academies of Practice (1998) and is a Fellow in the Western Academy of Nursing (2007). Awards include recognition as an Emerging Leader in the University of Colorado system (2004-05) and the Chancellor’s Recognition for Promoting and Supporting Diversity (2003 and 2007). In addition, she has received alumni awards from the University of Toledo (2005) and the University of Florida (2007).