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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Mary Beth Flynn Makic, PhD, RN, CNS, CCNS, FAAN

Associate Professor

Mary Beth Makic

Mary Beth Makic is focused on nursing-driven interventions that optimize outcomes of critically 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, having developed the first group to champion evidence-based practice at the University of Colorado Hospital in 1999 and having co-chaired it ever since. Makic has been successful in supporting bedside nurses as they implement evidence-based practice. Her passion and commitment focus on applying current evidence and research to nursing assessment/intervention and thereby to maximize patient comfort and outcomes. Her areas of research interest and practice improvement encompass a diverse array of nursing-specific interventions, with a vast amount of work in the field of pressure-ulcer prevention/skin-related intervention 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-improvement projects in the acute-care nursing-practice environment (e.g., prevention of pressure ulcers among high-risk perioperative patients, sedation management among non-intubated burn-injured patients, effectiveness of chlorhexidine gluconate versus standard bathing in reducing hospital-acquired infections).

Degree Awarding Institution Field of Study Graduation Date
PhD University of Colorado, Health Science Center
Denver, Colorado
Nursing 2007
MS University of Maryland at Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland
Nursing 1992
BS University of Wisconsin, Madison
Madison, Wisconsin
Nursing 1985
  1. Scott, R., Oman, K., Fink, R., Makic, M. B. F., & Wald, H. (in press). Reducing indwelling urinary catheter use in the emergency department: A successful quality-improvement initiative. Journal of Emergency Nursing.
  2. Bornemann-Shepherd, M., LeLazar, J., Makic, M. B. F., Devine, D., McDevitt, K., & Paul, M. (in press). Caring for inpatient boarders in the emergency department: Improving safety and patient and staff satisfaction. Journal of Emergency Nursing.
  3. Vejar, M., Makic, M. B. F., & Kotthoff-Burrell, E. (in press). Medication management for elderly patients in an academic primary-care setting: A quality-improvement project. JAANP.
  4. Makic, M. B. F. (2014). Enhancing sleep in the critically ill perianesthesia patient. JoPAN, 29(2), 140-142.
  5. Makic, M. B. F., Rauen, C., Poteet, A., & Watson, R. (2014). Examining the evidence to guide practice: Challenging practice habits. Critical Care Nurse, 34(2), 58-68. 
  6. Makic, M. B. F. (2013). Content Review Editor. In B. J. Ackley & G. B.& Ladwig (Eds.), Nursing diagnosis handbook: An evidence-based guide to planning care, 10th edition. St. Louis, MO: Elsevier.
  7. Makic, M. B. F. (2013). Shock, states. In S. C. Smeltzer & B. G. Bare (Eds.), Brunner and Suddarth's textbook of medical surgical nursing, 13th edition (pp. 285-309). St. Louis, MO: Lippincott.
  8. Makic, M. B. F. (2013). Preventing delirium in postoperative patients. JoPAN, 28(6), 404-408.
  9. Goode, C. J., McCarty, L. B., Find, R. M., Oman, K. S., Makic, M. B. F., Krugman, M. E., & Traditi, L. (2013). Mapping the organization: A bibliometric analysis of nurses' contributions to the literature. JONA, 43(9), 481-487.
  10. Makic, M. B. F. (2013). Surviving sepsis campaign guideline update 2012: What does it mean for perianesthesia nursing? JoPAN, 28(4), 239-243.
  11. Rauen, C., Hinkle, C., Baker, P., & Makic, M. B. F. (2013). With change comes perfection: Certification test prep. Critical Care Nurse, 33(4), 68-72.
  12. Graves, A., VerHage, A., Richlik, B., & Makic, M. B. F. (2013). Estimated versus actual weight when dosing rt-PA in acute ischemic stroke: Is there a difference? Journal of Neuroscience Nursing, 45(4), 180-185.
  13. Ceballos, K., Waterman, K., Hulett, T., & Makic, M. B. F. (2013) Nurse-driven quality-improvement interventions to reduce hospital-acquired infection in the NICU. Advanced in Neonatal Care, 13(3), 154-163.
  14. Makic, M. B. F. (2013). Pain management in the nonverbal critically ill patient. JoPAN, 28(2), 98-110.
  15. Makic, M. B. F., Rauen, C. A., & VonRueden, K. T. (2013). Questioning common nursing practices: What does the evidence show? American Nurse Today, 8(3), 10-13.
  16. Sutton, S,. Link, T., & Makic, M. B. F. (2013). A quality-improvement project for safe and effective patient positioning during robotic surgery. AORN, 97(4), 448-456.
  17. Fahlstrom, K., Boyle, C., & Makic, M. B. F. (2013). Implementation of a nurse-driven burn resuscitation protocol: A quality-improvement project. Critical Care Nurse, 33(1), 25-36.
  18. Weimer, S., Strabli, L., & Makic, M. B. F. (2013). Fending off disaster for a frostbite victim. American Nurse Today, 8(1), 20.
  19. Bortolotto, S. J., & Makic, M. B. F. (2012). Understanding advanced modes of mechanical ventilation. Critical Care Nursing Clinics of North America, 24(3), 443-456.
  20. Kelleher, A., Moorer, A., & Makic, M. B. F. (2012). Peer-to-peer nursing rounds and hospital-acquired pressure ulcer prevalence in a surgical intensive care unit: A quality-improvement project. Journal of Wound and Ostomy Nursing, 39(2), 152-157.
  21. Makic, M. B. F., Lovett, K., & Azam, M. F. (2012). Placement of an esophageal temperature probe by registered nurses. AACN Advanced Critical Care, 23(1), 24-31.
Title Organization Year
Clinical Manuscript Award JWOCN 2013
Fellow National Academies of Practice 2013
Fellow American Academy of Nursing 2012
Kathryn Smith Lastreto Mentor Award Sigma Theta Tau International
Alpha Kappa Chapter at Large
Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society and 3M Excellence in Skin Safety Award, honorable mention Wound Ostomy and Continence Nurses Society 2012
President’s Award
Working Together Nominee
University of Colorado Hospital 2012
Dean’s Teaching Award University of Colorado
College of Nursing
Chancellor’s Teaching Award University of Colorado
College of Nursing
Editorial Board Member AACN Advanced Critical Care Journal 2008
Innovations in evidence-based Practice National Nursing Staff Development Organization 2007
Colorado Patient Safety Award Colorado Coalition Patient Safety Network 2006
Chancellor’s Teaching Award University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Nursing 2004
Innovation and Creativity in
Nursing (NurseWeek Finalist)
NurseWeek 2003
Presidents Teaching Award University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Nursing 2002
World Class Care Award University of Colorado Hospital 2002
Mentoring and Development Award Department of Professional Resources
University of Colorado Hospital
Dean’s Teaching Award University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Nursing 2001
  • 2013-present - PI, Evaluation of End-Tidal CO2 Monitoring Effectiveness with Pain and Sedation Monitoring of Non-Intubated Burn-Injured Patients during Wound Care; University of Colorado Hospital

  • 2011-present - Team Member, Development of a Fundamental Critical Care Support Course; University of Colorado Hospital/School of Medicine Clinical Effectiveness and Patient Safety Grant

  • 2011-2013 - Co-PI, Reducing Hospital-Acquired Infections through the Evaluation of Best Practice for Bathing ICU Patients; University of Colorado Hospital/School of Medicine Clinical Effectiveness and Safety Grant

  • 2009-2010 - PI, Placement of Esophageal Temperature Probes by Registered Nurses; Sigma Theta Tau, Alpha Kappa at-Large Chapter

  • 2009 - Co-investigator, Decision Support to Reduce Urinary Catheter Insertions and Cather-Associated Urinary Tract Infections, UCHSC/SOM Small Grants Program, University of Colorado Hospital

  • 2008 - Co-Investigator, Reducing Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infections with Nurse-Driven Interventions, UCHSC/SOM Small Grants Program, University of Colorado Hospital

  • 2008 - Co-investigator, Ventilated Patient’s Perception of Pain. University of Colorado Hospital

  • 2005 - Primary Investigator, Nursing Directed Interventions to Reduce Ventilator-Associated Pneumonia in the ICU; American Association of Critical Care Nurses 2005 Evidence-Based Clinical Practice Grant

  • 2001 to present - Lead Data Collector, National Nursing Data Quality Indicators for Pressure Ulcer