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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing
 

Stephanie Cradick, DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CCNS, PCCN

Instructor


Cradick

Stephanie.Cradick@ucdenver.edu

Stephanie Cradick has worked as an RN since 1994 with a primary focus on adult cardiovascular, medical-surgical, and progressive care. She received her bachelor of science in nursing from Indiana University. She began her graduate study in Informatics at the cherished University of Colorado College of Nursing in 2003, and she went on to complete a post-master’s certificate in 2011 as a clinical nurse specialist (CNS). She is board-certified as an Adult CNS and as an Acute and Critical Care CNS. She received her doctor of nursing practice degree from CU in May 2013.

As an instructor in the Clinical Education Center at CU, Stephanie provides clinical lab instruction for baccalaureate nursing students, and she teaches a variety of medical-surgical topics in the bachelor of science curriculum. Stephanie partners to develop high-fidelity simulation case studies to teach evidence-based nursing interventions, and she assists bachelor's nursing students in applying classroom theory to real-world clinical situations.  Cradick has a clinical practice as an acute care CNS at St. Anthony Hospital with Centura Health.

Degree Awarding Institution Field of Study Graduation Date
DNP University of Colorado
Aurora, Colorado
Nursing 2013
PMC University of Colorado
Aurora, Colorado
Nursing
Adult Clinical Nurse Specialist
2011
MSN University of Colorado
Aurora, Colorado
Nursing
Informatics Decision Support System
2003
BSN Indiana University,
Indianapolis, Indiana
Nursing 1994
  • CCNS: Acute and Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • ACNS-BC: Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Health
  • PCCN: Progressive Care Certified Nurse
  • 2008 Poster Presenter, Rocky Mountain EBP Symposium
  • 2009 Poster Presenter, Rocky Mountain EBP Symposium, 1st place awarded in EBP
​Decreasing Unplanned Medical Encounters in Patients with Chronic Indwelling Drains in an Interventional Radiology Department: A Quality Improvement Project (DNP capstone project)
Dr. Cradick has a clinical practice as an acute care CNS at St. Anthony Hospital with Centura Health. A CNS has a unique APRN role, and Stephanie's primary goal as an acute care CNS is to offer continuous improvement of patient outcomes and nursing care. Key elements of her CNS practice are to create environments through mentoring and system changes that empower nurses to develop caring, evidence-based practices that alleviate patient distress and improve health, facilitate ethical decision-making, and respond to diversity. As a CNS, Stephanie is a clinical expert in acute care nursing practice and in the delivery of evidence-based nursing interventions.