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Gayle Preheim, EdD, RN, CENP, CNE


Gayle Preheim

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.

Degree Awarding Institution Field of Study Graduation Date
BS South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD Nursing 1971
MA University of South Dakota, Brookings, SD Counseling Psychology 1982
EdD University of South Dakota, Brookings, SD Educational Psychology and Human Services 1985
MS University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO   1992

Professional Certifications

  • 2011-2017 Certified in Executive Nursing Practice (CENP), American Organization of Nurse Executives
  • 2005-12/31/2015 Certified Nurse Educator (CNE), National League for Nursing
  • 2006-2011 Certified Nurse Executive, Advanced--American Nurses Credentialing Center, Washington, DC (obtained 1996; renewed 2001, 2006, and 2010) 
  • 2009 Certified: Master Trainer, Team Strategies & Tools to Enhance Performance & Patient Safety (TeamSTEPPS), Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Title Organization Year
Mentor, Dean's Leadership Award CU College of Nursing 2012
Doris J. Biester Award for Excellence in Leadership Alpha Kappa Chapter-at-Large, STTI 2012
Mentor, Leadership for Academic Nursing Program Fellows American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2007
Dean's UCD College of Nursing Leadership Award related to excellence and innovation in educational technology and development of Simulation Laboratory CU College of Nursing 2006
Recipient, President's Teaching and Learning Collaborative, Integrating the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning and Evidence-based Education through the Use of Patient Simulation in Pre-licensure Nursing Education University of Colorado President's Teaching Scholars Program with Gail Armstrong, RN, ND, 2005-06
Dean' UCHSC College of Nursing Leadership Award related to Commission on Collegiate
Nursing Education (CCNE) Accreditation
CU College of Nursing 2004
Fellow, Leadership for Academic Nursing Programs American Association of Colleges of
  1. Goode, C., Preheim, G., Bonini, S., Vander Meer, J., & Iannella, G. (in press​​). The integrated nursing pathway: An innovative collaborative model to increase the proportion of baccalaureate-prepared nurses. Nursing Education Perspectives
  2. Preheim, G. & Foss, K. (2013). Partnerships with clinical settings: Roles and responsibilities of nurse educators. In M. Oermann (Ed.), Teaching in nursing and role of the educator: The complete guide to best practice in teaching, evaluation, and curriculum development. New York: Springer.
  3. Preheim, G., Armstrong, G., & Barton, A. (2009). The new fundamentals in nursing education: Introducing quality and safety. Journal of Nursing Education (Special Issue on Quality and Safety in Nursing), 48(12), 694-697.
  4. Barton, A., Armstrong, G., Preheim, G., Gelmon, S., & Andrus, L. (2009). A national Delphi to determine developmental progression of quality and safety: Competencies in nursing education. Nursing Outlook, 57, 313-322.
  5. Preheim, G., Bader, K., Miller, M., Lynch, R., Casey, K., & Berryman, J. (2009). The alliance for clinical education: Setting community standards through collaboration. Journal of Nursing Education, 48(3), 141-149.
  6. Preheim, G., Kail, K., Miller, M., Lynch, R., Berryman, J (2009) The alliance for clinical education: Setting community standards through collaboration. Journal of Nursing Education, 48(3), 141-149.
  7. Preheim, G. (2008). The clinical scholar model: Competency development within a caring curriculum. In M. Oermann (Ed.), Annual review of nursing education: Clinical nursing education. New York: Springer.
  8. Preheim, G., Casey, K., & M. Krugman. (2006). The Clinical scholar model: Providing excellence in clinical supervision of nursing students. Journal for Nurses in Staff Development, 22(1), 15-20.
  9. Barton, A.., Moritz, P., Griffin, J., Smith, M., Magilvy, K. Preheim, G., Clark, L., Marsh, G., Congdon, J., Blegen, M., Foster, R., & Hagedorn, S. (2005). A model to identify direct costs of nursing education: The Colorado experience. Nursing Leadership Forum, 9(4), 155-168. New York: NY: Springer Publishing Co.
  10. Preheim, G. (2004). Facilitating education and career mobility: Online case management. In E. Cohen & T. Cesta, Nursing Case Management: From Essentials to Advanced Practice Applications (4th ed.). St. Louis, MO: Elsevier Publishing.
  1. Preheim, G., Foss, K,. & Spencer, T. (Invitational, 2015). Best Practices for Clinical Experiences. 2015 American Association of Colleges of Nursing Baccalaureate Nursing Conference, Buena Vista, FL.
  2. Fuller, J., Preheim, G., & Connors, S. (2015). Qualitative Evaluation of a Newly Implemented Accelerated Baccalaureate Nursing Program. 2015 Nurse Educators' Conference in the Rockies, Breckenridge, CO.
  3. Spencer, T., Pedro, L., Preheim, G., & Armstrong, G. (2015). Teaching the Basics: An Integrative, Innovative Approach. National League for Nursing Education Summit, Las Vegas, NV.
  4. Spencer, T., Pedro, L., Preheim, G., & Armstrong, G. (2014). Integrated Curriculum Design for Baccalaureate Education. American Association of Colleges of Nursing 2014 Baccalaureate Education Conference, Philadelphia, PA.
  5. Preheim, G. & Bonini, S. (November 2013). "The Integrated Nursing Pathway: An Alternative to RN-BS Articulation between a Community College and University Using Simulateous Admission, Dual Advising, Professional Formation, and Seamless Progression in Baccalaureate Nursing." American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2013 Baccalaureate Education Conference, New Orleans, LA.
  6. Preheim, G. (November 2011). "The Integrated Nursing Pathway: Eliminating Barriers for Seamless Progression to Baccalaureate Nursing Education." American Association of Colleges of Nursing, 2011 Baccalaureate Education Conference, St. Louis, MO.
  7. Preheim, G., Kiernan Case, N., Goode, C. (October 2010). "Integrated Nursing Pathway to Baccalaureate Nursing Education." Robert Wood Johnson Conference on Enhancing Nursing Undergraduate Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Setting, Arlington, VA.
  8. Barton, A., Armstrong, G., & Preheim, G. (April 2009). "Integration of Quality and Safety Competencies in Baccalaureate Curriculum." 2009 Western Institute of Nursing Communicating Nursing Research Conference, Salt Lake City, UT.
  9. Preheim, G. (June 2009) "Quality Initiatives for Front-Line Nurse Managers: An Introduction to TeamSTEPPS." In collaboration with the CO Center for Nursing Excellence and CO Trust. Exempla Lutheran Medical Center, Denver, CO.
  10. Preheim, G. (Invitational, June 2009). "Caring and Reflective Teaching." 7th Annual Nursing Deans and Directors All Faculty Retreat, Mitchell, SD.
  11. Preheim, G. (Invited Keynote, June 2009) "Excellence in Nursing Education: Gaining Perspective, Building A Legacy." 7th Annual Nursing Deans and Directors All Faculty Retreat, Mitchell, SD.
  12. Armstrong, G., Preheim, G., & Barton, A., (January 2009). "QSEN Curricular Updates: Colorado's Work in the Classroom and in the Clinical Setting." 21st Annual Conference for Teachers of Nursing Practice, Madison, WI.
  13. Preheim, G., Armstrong, G., & Barton, A. (December 2008). "Quality and Safety Education for Nurses (QSEN): Strategies, Successes, and Surprises." American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Annual Baccalaureate Education Conference, Keeping Pace with Rapid Change in Nursing Education, San Antonio, TX.
  14. Preheim, G. & Armstrong, G., (July 2008). "Redefining Quality and Safety in Nursing Education." 19th Annual Nurse Educator Conference, Breckenridge, CO.
  15. Armstrong, G. & Preheim, G. (Invitational, April 2008). "Quality and Safety in Nursing: redefining Quality and Safety in Clinical Nursing Education." Alpha Kappa at Large Chapter, Sigma Theta Tau, Denver, CO.
  16. Armstrong, G., Preheim, G., & Katz, G. (March 2008). "Using Simulation in Nursing Education to Increase Clinical Readiness: A Pilot Study." 19th Annual Rocky Mountain Regional Multidisciplinary Research & Evidence-Based Practice Symposium, Evidence-Based Practice and Quality Patient Care: Challenges and Future Trends, Denver, CO.
  17. Katz, G., Armstrong, G., & Preheim, G. (January 2008). "Using Patient Simulation in Baccalaureate Nursing Education Curricula." 8th International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare: Fostering Excellence through Innovation and Collaboration, San Diego, CA.
  18. Armstrong, G., & Preheim, G. (November 2006). "Use of Patient Simulation in Nursing Clinical Education." International Society of Scholarship in Teaching and Learning, Georgetown University, Washington, DC.
  • Quality Safety and Education for Nurses (QSEN): Phase II Collaborative with A. Barton and G. Armstrong, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (7/1/07-6/30/09).
  • Project Coordinator with D. Skiba The Learning Collaboratory: Advancing RN-BS Mobility in Underserved Areas. US Public Health Service, HRSA, Division of Nursing, Basic Nurse Education and Practice Grants (2001-2004).