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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Joyce A. Verran, PhD, RN, FAAN


Joyce Verran

Joyce Verran has a twenty-five-year record of funded research in the areas of nursing care-delivery systems (including acute-care work environments), complexity of care in ambulatory settings, and nursing-practice models in rural communities.  In the last several years, her work has targeted the effect of contextual factors on patient health-status outcomes across the care continuum. Verran is currently a Co-Principal Investigator with her colleagues Judith Effken (University of Arizona) and Kathleen Carley (Carnegie Mellon University) on the National Library of Medicine grant, DyNADS: A Dynamic Network Analysis Decision Support Tool for Nurse Managers (R01M009516-Q1A1).  She is the author of several substantive and methodological articles in her area of research. 

Verran is a member of the American Academy of Nursing and serves as a member of the expert panel on Quality.  In addition to other review activities, she is on the editorial board of Nursing Administrative Quarterly.

Degree Awarding Institution Field of Study Graduation Date
PhD The University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Clinical Nursing Research/Statistics 1982
MS The University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Medical Surgical Nursing/
Nursing Administration
BSN The University of Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Nursing 1969
Diploma Los Angeles County
USC Medical Center
Los Angeles, California
Nursing 1963
Title Organization Year
Visiting Professor University of Colorado Denver,
College of Nursing


Elizabeth McWilliams Miller Founder’s
Award for Excellence in Research
Sigma Theta Tau International 2007
Nurse Scientist Award Nominated for CANS 2006
Helen Denne Schulte Visiting Professor University of Wisconsin, Madison
School of Nursing
Tucson “Fabulous Fifty” Nurse Tucson Nurses Week Foundation 2004
Fellow Western Academy of Nursing,
Western Institute of Nursing
  1. May, K., Phillips, L., Ferketich, S., Verran, J.A. (2003) Public Health Nursing: The Generalist in a Specialized Environment, Public Health Nursing, 20(4), 252-259.
  2. Effken, J.A., Brewer, B.B., Patil, Al, Lamb, G.S., Verran, J.A., Carley, K.M. (2003). Using computational modeling to transform nursing data into actionable information.  Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 36, 351-361.
  3. Verran, J.A., Effken, J.A., Lamb, G.S., Shea, K., Brewer, B. (2004). Impact of Nursing Unit Characteristics on Outcomes (Abstract).  Journal of Nursing Administration, 34(5), 211.
  4. Effken, J.A., Brewer, B.B., Patil, A. Lamb, G.S., Verran, J.A., Carley, K.M. (2005).  Using OrgAhead, a computational modeling program, to improve patient care unit safety and quality outcomes.  International Journal of Medical Informatics, 74(7-8), 605-613.
  5. Effken, J., Lamb, G., McEwen, M., Verran, J.A., Vincent, D. & Young, M. (2005) Using EPAID to design doctoral minors.  In: H. Heft & K.L> Marsh (eds.), Studies in Perception and Action XII (pp257-260). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.
  6. Brewer, B.B., Verran, J.A., Stichler, J.F. (2008).  The Systems Research Organizing Model: A Conceptual Perspective for Facilities Design, Health Environments Research & Design Journal, 2(4), 7-19.
  7. Kramer, M.; Schmalenberg, C.; Brewer, B.B.; Verran, J.A.; & Keller, J. (2009). Accurate Assessment of Nurse Work Environment: Response Rate Needed.  Research in Nursing and Health., 32, 229-240.
  8. Effken, J.; Verran, J.A.; Loge, M.; Hsu, Ya-Chuan (2010). Nurse Managers’ Decisions: Fast and Favoring Remediation. Journal of Nursing Administration, 40, 188-195.
  • Verran, J.A., Effken, J., Lamb, G. (2001-2003). Impact of Nursing Unit Characteristics on Outcomes, R01HS11973, Agency for Health Research & Quality, PHS. (P.I).
  • Effken, J., Verran, J.A., Lamb, G., McEwen, M.,(2004-2007). Enhancing an Online PhD Program. D09HP3116-02-00 HRSA, DHHS, ( Co-I).
  • Verran, J.A, Provan, K, Rehn, P, Weyberlo, L, Falter, B (2005) Tier 2 Leadership Program for Nursing and Health Care Supervisors and Manager. Arizona Hospital and Health Care Association (Co-PI).
  • Effken, J.A., Verran, J.A., Carley, C.,  (2007-2011) DyNADS: A Dynamic Network Analysis Decision Support Tool for Nurse Managers.  R01M009516-Q1A1, National Library of Medicine (Co-PI).