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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing
 

Gail Armstrong, DNP, ACNS-BC, RN, CNE

Associate Professor


Gail Armstrong

Gail.A​rmstrong@ucdenver.edu

Gail Armstrong is an Associate Professor in the College of Nursing. Gail holds both a bachelor's and a master's degree in literature, a master's in nursing (with an Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist focus) and a doctor of nursing practice. Gail’s area of practice has been med/surg nursing, and her teaching is concentrated on adult acute care nursing, with a recent focus on quality and safety. Gail anticipates completing her PhD studies in Health Systems from Vanderbilt University in 2014.

Gail was part of the University of Colorado Quality Safety and Education in Nursing (QSEN) pilot school team to update pre-licensure clinical courses to reflect quality and safety trends in healthcare delivery. She has continued her work with QSEN, participating in Phase III of this national initiative. Most of Gail’s QSEN work has focused on pre-licensure curriculum development, with an emphasis of threading the competencies and KSAs across the classroom setting, skills/simulation lab and clinical rotations. In the last two years, Gail has done extensive national consulting working with nursing faculties in their QSEN work. Gail’s recent publications have focused on effective integration of QSEN into pre-licensure curricula.

Degree Awarding Institution Field of Study Graduation Date
DNP University of Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Nursing 2010
MA University of Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Adult CNS option 2010
ND University of Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Nursing 1995
MA Georgetown University
Washington D.C.
English 1987
BA Bates College
Lewiston, Maine
English 1986
  1. Armstrong, G., Headrick, L., Madigosky, W., & Ogrinc, G. (2012). Designing education to improve care. Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety 38(1): 5-14, AP1-AP2.
  2. Armstrong, G., & Sherwood, G. (2012). Chapter 2: Using Reflective Practice to Teach Quality and Safety. In Reflective Practice: A Framework for Engaging Learners in Education and Practice. Ed. Gwen Sherwood and Sara Horton-Deutsch, Sigma Theta Tau Press. Pg 21-41.
  3. Deutsch, S.H., Sherwood, G., & Armstrong, G. (2012). Chapter 9: Reflection in classroom and clinical contexts: Assessment and Evaluation. In Reflective Practice: A Framework for Engaging Learners in Education and Practice. Ed. Gwen Sherwood and Sara Horton-Deutsch, Sigma Theta Tau Press. Pg 169-187 .
  4. Armstrong, G., & Spencer, T. (2012). QSEN Lesson Plans for Chapters 1 – 76 of Medical Surgical Nursing: Critical Thinking For Collaborative Care. (7th Ed). Edited by Donna Ignatavicius and Linda Workman. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
  5. Armstrong, G., & Sherwood, G. (2012). Chapter 43: Patient Safety. In Concepts-Based Nursing. 1st Ed. Jean Giddens, editor. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier. Pg 435-443.
  6. Headrick, L., Armstrong, G., & Madigosky, W. (2011). Chapter 10: Designing ways for students to learn to improve care. In, Fundamentals of Healthcare Improvement: A Guide to Improving your Patients’ Outcomes, 2nd Ed. Oak Brook, IL: Joint Commission Resources. Pg 157-181.
  7. Armstrong, G. (2010). Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) update. Leader to Leader, Fall 2010. National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
  8. Katz, G.B., Peifer, K.L, & Armstrong, G.E. (2010) Assessment of Patient Simulation use in Selected Baccalaureate Nursing Programs in the United States. Simulation in Healthcare, 5, 46-51.
  9. Armstrong, G., Sherwood, G., & Tagliareni, M.E. (2009) Chapter 14: Quality and Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN): Integrating Recommendations from IOM into Clinical Nursing Education. In National League of Nursing, Clinical Nursing Education: Current Reflections, pp 207-227.
  10. Armstrong, G., Spencer, T., & Lenburg, C. (2009) Using quality and safety education for nurses to enhance competency outcome performance assessment: A synergistic approach that promotes patient safety and quality outcomes. The Journal of Nursing Education, 48(12), 686-693.
  11. Barton, A., Armstrong, G., Preheim, G., Gelmon, S.B., & Andrus, L.C. (2009). A national delphi to determine developmental progression of quality and safety competencies in nursing education. Nursing Outlook , 57, 313-322.
  12. Preheim, G., Armstrong, G. E., & Barton, A. ( 2009) The NEW fundamentals in nursing: Introducing beginning quality and safety education for nurses (QSEN) competencies. The Journal of Nursing Education, 48(12), 694-698.
  13. Armstrong, G. (2008). Too much of a good thing: Anticoagulant overdoses prompt Joint Commission to issue new safety requirement. NurseWeek, March/April 2008. 26-32.
  14. Matthews, E., Armstrong, G., & Spencer T. (2008). Pertussis infection in a baccalaureate nursing program. Journal of Continuing Nursing Education. 39 (9): 1-7.
  15. Blegen, M., Vaughn, T., Pepper, G., Vojir, C., Stratton, K., Boyd, M., Armstrong, G. (2004). Patient and staff safety: voluntary reporting. American Journal of Medical Quality. 19 (2): 67-74
  16. Armstrong, G.E. (2002) [Chest Tube Content] for Craven, R.F. & Hirnle, C.J. (2002) Fundamentals of nursing. (4th ed). Philadelphia: Lippincott.
  17. Murphy, J.R., Armstong, G.E., Reynolds, M., & Gordon, S.G. (1994). A structured literature review for risk assessment: EMF and human health risk. Risk Analysis, 14(2894), 97-100.
Title Organization Year
Chancellor's Teaching Award University of Colorado
College of Nursing
2012, 2010, 2002
Women Making a Difference Award Nominee Aurora Chamber of Commerce 2008
Dean’s Award for Leadership UCDHSC School of Nursing 2005, 2003
Excellence in Caring Nursing Award
(awarded to one RN / unit / year)
Centura St. Anthony’s North Hospital
Family Care Center
Westminister, Colorado
1999
Excellence in Caring Nursing Award Centura St. Anthony’s
Central Hospital
Women’s Services Unit
Denver, Colorado
1996
Excellence in Caring Nursing Award Centura St. Anthony’s
Central Hospital
Labor & Delivery Unit
Denver, Colorado
1995
​2010-2011 ​Health Information Technology Scholars Program (HITS)
Using an EMR to Teach Quality and Safety Across Courses
Gail Armstrong, Fara Bowler​
​2009-2010 ​Quality and Safety Education in Nursing in Colorado
The Colorado Trust
Funds 20% of my FTE
Amy Barton, Gail Armstrong & Kathy Foss
​Sept 2009-Dec 2010 Retooling for Quality and Safety: An Interprofessional Education Project
Institute for Healthcare Improvement and The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation
Gail Armstrong, Wendy Madigosky – Co-Directors​
​2008 Intramural Small Research Grant Award
Feasibility Assessment of a Triad Reflective Practice Debriefing
Diane Skiba, Gail Armstrong, Gayle Preheim ​
​2006 ​Project selected for President’s Teaching Learning Collaborative
Using Patient Simulation with Pre-Licensure Nursing Students
Gail Armstrong, ND, Gayle Preheim, EdD, & Paul Cook, PhD