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Gail Armstrong, PhD, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, 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), 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.

Degree Awarding Institution Field of Study Graduation Date
PhD​ ​Vanderbilt University
Nashville, TN
​N​ursing ​2016
DNP University of Colorado
Denver, Colorado
Nursing 2010
MS 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. ​Altmiller, G., & Armstrong, G.E. (in press). National QSEN faculty survey results. Nurse Educator. ​
  2. Davies, L., Ogrinc, G., Mosher, H., Stevens, D.P., Davidoff, F., Armstrong, G., Batalden, P., & Goodman, D. (2017).  Re: Standards for reporting implementation studies (StaRI) statement. British Medical Journal, 356, doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6795
  3. Armstrong, G.E., Dietrich, M., Norman, L., Barnsteiner, J., & Mion, L. (2016).  Development and psychometric analysis of a nurses’ attitude and skills safety scale: Initial results. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, DOI: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000216. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27479518
  4. Armstrong, G. E., Dietrich, M., Norman, L., Barnsteiner, J., & Mion, L. (2016) Nurses' perceived skills and attitude about updated safety concept: Impact on medication administration errors and practices. Journal of Nursing Care Quality,  DOI: 10.1097/NCQ.0000000000000226. Retrieved from http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27607849 
  5. Barton, A.J., Armstrong, G.E., & Valdez, C. (2016).  Interprofessional teams for high reliability organizations.  In C.Oster (Ed). Achieving High Reliability through Patient Safety and Quality – A Practical Handbook.  (Chapter 11).  ). Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta-Tau International.
  6. Sherwood, G., & Armstrong, G.E. (2016).  Current patient safety drivers.  In C.Oster (Ed). Achieving High Reliability through Patient Safety and Quality – A Practical Handbook.  (Chapter 2). Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta-Tau International
  7. Armstrong, G., & Sherwood, G. (2016).  Chapter 43:  Patient Safety.  In Concepts-Based Nursing.  2nd Ed.  Jean Giddens, editor.  St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
  8. Batalden, M., Batalden, P., Margolis, P., Seid, M., Armstrong, G., Opipari-Arrigan, L., & Hartung, H. (2015).  Coproduction of healthcare services.  British Medical Journal. Sept. 16, doi: 10.1136/bmjqs-2015-004315
  9. Barton, A.J., Armstrong, G.E., Foss, K. (2015).  Colorado QSEN Faculty Workshops: Facilitating Reflection for Curricular Development.  In G. Sherwood & S. Horton-Deutsch (Eds). Reflective Organizations. (Chapter 12).  Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta-Tau International.
  10. Armstrong, G.E., Barton, A.J., Nuffer, W., & Yancey, L. (2014).  Patient and family-centered care and the interprofessional team. In J. Barnsteiner, J Disch & M.K. Walton (Eds). Person and Family-Centered Care. (Chapter 20). Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International.
  11. Armstrong, G. & Barton, A.J. (2014). QSEN Competencies and the Nursing Curriculum in P. Kelley C. A. , Beth Vottero, Christie-McAuliffe (Eds.), Introduction to quality and safety education for nurses (Chapter 2). New York, NY: Springer Publishing.
  12. Armstrong, G.E. (2013).  Nursing and quality:  A historical perspective.  In G. Lamb (Ed) Care Coordination:  The Game Changer (Chapter 2). Silver Spring, MD:  American Nurses Association
  13. Armstrong, G. E., & Barton, A. J. (2013) Fundamentally updating fundamentals. Journal of Professional Nursing. 29 (2): 82-87.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. 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 .
  17. 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.
  18. 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.
  19. 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.
  20. Armstrong, G. (2010). Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) update. Leader to Leader, Fall 2010. National Council of State Boards of Nursing.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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.
  24. 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.
  25. 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.
  26. 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.
  27. Matthews, E., Armstrong, G., & Spencer T. (2008). Pertussis infection in a baccalaureate nursing program. Journal of Continuing Nursing Education. 39 (9): 1-7.
  28. 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
  29. Armstrong, G.E. (2002) [Chest Tube Content] for Craven, R.F. & Hirnle, C.J. (2002) Fundamentals of nursing. (4th ed). Philadelphia: Lippincott.
  30. 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
​Dean's Award for Excellence University of Colorado
College of Nursing​
2017​
​CU President Teaching Scholar ​University of Colorado ​​2017
Chancellor's Teaching Award University of Colorado
College of Nursing
2014, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2002
Women Making a Difference Award Nominee Aurora Chamber of Commerce 2008
Dean’s Award for Leadership UCDHSC School of Nursing 2006
​President's Teaching Award 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
  • ​2017
    Infusing Quality and Safety Education for Nurses into Your Curriculum
    Funded by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ)
    Presentations
  • 2016
    National Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN) Faculty Survey
    Co-PI with Dr. Gerry Altmiller in partnership with the National League for Nursing
  • 2016-2018
    Colorado Practice Transformation Network
    Implemented by the Colorado Collaborative for Practice Transformation
    Funded by the Center for Medicaire and Medicaire Services
    20% FTE
  • 2013-2016
    Interprofessional Community-Academic Resources Engagement (i-CARE) Grant
    Quality Outcomes Personnel 
    HRSA funded
    20% FTE
  • 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
  • 2009-2010
    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