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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 working with a team to develop and test an instrument to measure staff behavior related to Professional Governance. 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. She has served on the editorial board of Nursing Administrative Quarterly and continues to review for a number of professional journals.

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. Brewer, B. B., & Verran, J. A. (2013). Measuring nursing unit environments with four composite measures. Nursing Economic$, 31, 241-249.
  2. Effken, J. A., Carley, K. M., Lee, J. S., Brewer, B. B., & Verran, J. A. (2012). Stimulating nursing unit performance with OrgAhead: Strengths and challenges. Computers, Informatics, Nursing, 30, 620-626.
  3. Effken, J. A., Brewer. B., Logue, M. D., Gephart, S., & Verran, J. A. (2011). Using cognitive work analysis to fit decision support tools to nurse managers' work flow. International Journal of Medical Informatics, published online. doi: 10.1016/j.ijmedinf.2011.07.003.
  4. Effken, J. A., Carley, K. M., Gephart, S., Verran, J. A., Bianchi, D., Reminga, J., & Brewer, B. (2011). Using Organizational Risk Analyzer (ORA) to explore the relationship of nursing unit communication to patient safety and quality outcomes. International Journal of Medical Informatics, 80, 507-517.
  5. Effken, J., Verran, J., Loge, M., & Hsu, Y. C. (2010). Nurse managers' decisions: Fast and favoring remediation. Journal of Nursing Administration, 40, 188-195.
  6. Kramer, M., Schemalenberg, 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.
  7. 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.
  • 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).
  • Cavelle, J., Porter-O'Grady, T., Verran, J. A., Weston, M. (2014-2017). Development and Testing of a Professional Governance Scale. Privately funded.