Dr. Makic is focused on nursing driven interventions that optimize outcomes of critical ill and acutely ill patients. She has been a Clinical Nurse Specialist in critical care for more than 20 years and is recognized as a leader in evidence-based practice, developing and co-chairing the first evidence-based practice champion group initiated at the University of Colorado Hospital in 1999. Dr. Makic has been successful in supporting bedside nurses as they implement evidence-based practice. Her passion and commitment focus on ensuring that nursing assessment and interventions are optimized based on current evidence and research to maximize patient comfort and outcomes. Her areas of research interest and practice improvement have focused on a diverse array of nursing specific interventions with a vast amount of work in the field of pressure ulcer and skin prevention interventions in the acute care practice environment. Her current clinical position as Research Nurse Scientist in Critical Care builds on this experience and expertise. She has several active studies and quality projects in the acute care nursing practice environment (e.g. prevention of pressure ulcers in high risk perioperative patients, sedation management in non-intubated burn injured patients, effectiveness of chlorhexidine gluconate versus standard bathing in reducing hospital-aquired infections).