Amy Barton, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor and Daniel and Janet Mordecai Endowed Chair in Rural Health Nursing, earned her bachelor's of nursing from the University of Toledo, her master's of nursing from the Medical College of Ohio and her PhD from the University of Florida. As Associate Dean for Clinical and Community Affairs at the University of Colorado College of Nursing, she is responsible for faculty practice and development of community partnerships. She provided the vision and strategic initiative to create Sheridan Health Services, a nurse-managed, federally qualified community health center serving low-income residents in an urban area southwest of Denver.
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. Her work in national quality and safety initiatives include the Quality and Safety Education for Nurses initiative and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement/Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation initiative on "Retooling for Quality and Safety."
Barton is currently chair of the Board of the National Nursing Centers Consortium and is on the National Advisory Committee for the Duke/Johnson & Johnson Nurse Leadership Program. 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) and the American Academy of Nursing (2010). 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).