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

Associate Professor

Gail Armstrong


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), a Doctor of Nursing Practice, and a PhD in Nursing Science. 

Gail has been on faculty since 2000. Gail’s long term nursing practice was in Medical/Surgical nursing before she became an advanced practice nurse. Currently she is an Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist and she teaches in CU’s Master of Science program, specifically in the options related to Leadership and Clinical Nurse Specialist. Gail is well recognized as an expert teacher, as evidenced by the prestigious President’s Teaching Scholar designation at CU in 2017. Gail’s clinical practice is with the Institute of Healthcare Quality, Safety and Efficiency (IHQSE) in Denver. This regional institute offers a twelve-month training program for interprofessional teams of clinicians, focusing on education in the areas of systems leadership, process improvement, and patient safety. Gail’s teaching in the Institute for Quality, Safety and Efficiency focuses on content specific to interprofessional teams, teamwork, culture, creating a just culture, and change fatigue. Gail has been a member of the Quality and Safety Education (QSEN) collaborative since 2006, works as a national consultant for QSEN, offering workshops at nursing schools around the country, and serves on QSEN’s Board of Directors. In her research, Gail studies patient safety and unit level medication error rates. Gail’s scholarship focuses on the integration of updated quality and safety content in nursing curricula and interprofessional collaboration on healthcare teams.