Gayle Preheim joined the CU College of Nursing faculty in 1992 and is a Professor in the Clinical Teaching Track. She is certified in Executive Nursing Practice by the American Organization of Nurse Executives and designated as a Certified Nurse Educator by the National League for Nursing. Her expertise is in nursing education leadership and academic-practice partnerships. She served the College of Nursing as the Baccalaureate Nursing Program Director from 1995-2014, providing leadership and promoting collaboration among clinical and education partners in establishing several initiatives: the Integrated Nursing Pathway increases community college-student access to baccalaureate nursing education; the University of Colorado Accelerated Nursing Program, a one-year program for second-degree students, facilitates rapid entry into the nursing workforce; and the Nursing Educator Certificat program fosters professional development.
Dr. Preheim is recognized as a pioneer in the use of educational technology for distance learning and as a master educator in online teaching. She is active in promoting innovative approaches to assessing/evaluating both learning and teaching. Dr. Preheim participated in the President's Teaching and Learning Collaborative to explore the use of patient simulation in pre-licensure nursing education and in the Teaching Scholars program, as a mentor.
Dr. Preheim is also recognized for her leadership in coordinating (a) the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education accreditation process at the College of Nursing and (b) the Post-Baccalaureate RN Residency Program accreditation process with clinical partners. She facilitated the expansion of the original Clinical Scholar Model for competency development within a caring curriculum and led the push to determine community standards for clinical nursing education. Based on her experience with Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN), Dr. Preheim provided oversight for College of Nursing undergraduate curriculum revisions. She is past-President of the Colorado Council on Nursing Education and a frequently invited presenter, consultant, reviewer, and mentor.