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Sharon Sables-Baus, PhD, MPA, RN, PCNS-BC, CPPS, FAAN

Associate Professor

Sharon Sables-Baus

Sharon Sables-Baus is an associate professor with appointments at both the College of Nursing and the School of Medicine’s Department of Pediatrics. Through the College of Nursing, Sables-Baus teaches across all programs including the doctorate of nursing practice (DNP) program. Dr. Sables-Baus is also a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the Neonatal Intensive Care Nursery at UCHealth on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Colorado.   Most recently, the Certification Board for Professionals in Patient Safety (CBPPS) recognized Sables-Baus as a Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS). Earning this credential attests to Dr. Sables-Baus' professional competency in patient safety science and application.

Dr. Sables-Baus' work aims to promote the best research evidence and integrate/transform it into practice, targeting in particular neurodevelopmental health outcomes of hospitalized neonates and infants. Sables-Baus’ research has explored ways to decrease neurodevelopmental morbidity and to optimize evidence-based caregiving practices that affect neurodevelopmental outcomes. Emblematic of this program of research, Sables-Baus was a part of team that conducted a longitudinal study of neonates born with congenital heart defects requiring three-stage surgical repair; the team used the Bayley Scales of Infant Development to assess neurodevelopmental outcomes including oral feeding. Outcomes of this research has been shared at many conferences (both domestic and international) and published in scientific journals. Sables-Baus is a member of the Colorado Pediatric Nurse Scientist Partnership (CPNSP) and the National Pediatric Nurse Scientist Collaborative.  Furthermore, Sables-Baus chaired a national committee (National Association of Neonatal Nurses) tasked with developing evidence-based, infant-driven, oral-feeding guidelines for hospitalized neonates.

Degree Awarding Institution Field of Study Graduation Date
Doctor of Philosophy University of Colorado,
College of Nursing
Denver, Colorado
Nursing 2007
Master of Science University of Colorado,
College of Nursing
Denver, Colorado
Nursing 2003
Master of Public Administration University of Colorado,
Graduate School of Public Affairs
Denver, Colorado
Health Care Policy 1993
Bachelor of Science University of Phoenix,
School of Nursing
Denver, Colorado
Nursing 1987
Diploma in Nursing St. Luke's School of Nursing
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Nursing 1979
  1. Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist – board certified Pediatric clinical nurse specialist at UCHealth’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Denver campus. As a Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist, Sables-Baus works to improve patient outcomes by applying theory and research to improve the efficiency and success of nursing systems. 
  2. Certified Professional in Patient Safety (CPPS). The CPPS credential distinguishes health care professionals who meet the competency requirements in the areas of patient safety science and human factors engineering, and who demonstrate the ability to apply this knowledge to effectively plan and implement patient safety initiatives.  
  • 2015-2016   Primary Investigator for Quality Improvement at Children's Hospital Colorado. Improving effectiveness of the Target Zero (TZ) Safety Coach Program. Use of simulation and training of TZ Safety Coaches in use of motivational interviewing (by Laurra Aagaard) and the impact of coaching on identification and medication errors or near misses. Grant: $25,000 from Clinical and Operational Effectiveness and Patient Safety (COEPS) Small Grants Program at Children's Hospital Colorado.
  • 2014-2016   Primary Investigator at Children's Hospital Colorado. Consortium for Congenital Cardiac Care Measurement of Nursing Practice (C4-MNP). The purpose of this study is to determine if a relationship exists between a set of 10 identified key nursing performance measures and patient outcomes. Grant: $3,000 from Boston Children's Hospital Program for Patient Safety and Quality (PPSQ).
  • ​2014-2016   Primary Investigator in Colorado (COMIRB protocol #14-1774). Evaluation of physiological measures and readmission rates in pediatric patients with end stage renal disease: Peritoneal versus hemodialysis.
  • 2012-present   Co-Investigator (COMIRB protocol #11-1078). Feeding Workgroup. National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative (NPC-QIC), a Joint Council on Congenital Heart Disease (JCCHD) initiative, sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics. PI is Shannon Buckvold at The Heart Institute, Children's Hospital Colorado.
  • 2012-2015   Primary Investigator (COMIRB protocol #11-1294). Neurobehavioral outcomes of infants seen in cardiac congenital heart disease clinic. The Heart Center, Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO.
  • 2009-2011   Primary Investigator (COMIRB protocol #07-1157). Oral feeding outcomes for infants with congenital heart disease. Retrospective study of oral feeding outcomes of neonates and infants with congenital heart disease requiring surgical repair in the first week of life. The Heart Institute, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO.
  • 2008-2009   Primary Investigator (COMIRB protocol #04-0933). Nurses' perceptions of feeding infants in the NICU as illustrated by their stories. Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO.
  • 2007-2008   Primary Investigator (COMIRB protocol #06-1141). The impact of gastroesophageal reflux in the growing premature infant on the mother-infant relationship. Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO.
  • 2002   Co-Investigator. Moving toward evidence-based developmental positioning. Children's Hospital Colorado, Aurora, CO.
  1. Sables-Baus, S., & Fidanza, S. (in press). Chapter 42: Alterations of digestive function in children. In Sue E. Huether & Katheryn L. McCance (Eds.), Pathophysiology-The Biologic Basics for Disease in Adults and Children, 8th edition. St. Louis: Elsevier.
  2. Sables-Baus, S. (2016). Pediatric patient safety: Utilizing safety coaching as a strategy toward zero harm. In Sigma Theta Tau (Ed.), High reliability organizations: A healthcare handbook for patient safety and quality (375-386). Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International.
  3. Moody, C., Aldrich, H., Gance-Cleveland, B., & Sables-Baus, S. (2017). Early initiation of Newborn Individualized Developmental Care and Assessment Program (NIDCAP) reduces length of stay: A quality improvement project. J Pediatr Nurs, 32, 59-63. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2016.11.001
  4. Sables-Baus, S., & Fidanza, S. (2017). Chapter 37: Alterations in digestive function in children. In Sue E. Huether & Katheryn L. McCance (Eds.), Understanding Pathophysiology, 6th Edition. St. Louis: Elsevier.
  5. Woodard, F., Sables-Baus, S., DeMare, C., Fogel, J., Fogg, K., Horsley, M., Keenan, E., Lewis, T., Ocampo, E., Stagg, A., & Lambert, L. (in press). Assessing feeding readiness and safety in infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome after first stage palliation. Journal of Pediatrics.
  6. Slicker, J., Sables-Baus, S., Lambert, L., Peterson, L., Woodard, F., & Ocampo, E. (in press). Peri-operative feeding approaches in single ventricle infants: A survey of 46 centers. Congenital Heart Disease
  7. Sables-Baus, S. (2014). A clinical practice guideline for critically ill infants: The NANN Infant-directed Oral Feeding Guideline. The Division Digest. Aurora, CO: Children's Hospital Colorado.
  8. Sables-Baus, S. (2013). Infant-directed oral feeding for premature and critically ill hospitalized infants. National Association of Neonatal Nurses Clinical Guideline.
  9. Sables-Baus, S. (2013). Neurocognitive outcomes of infants with single ventricle physiology seen in complex congenital heart disease clinic. Journal of the South African Heart Association
  10. Sables-Baus, S. (2013). Family centered care in the NICU (online course). Children's Hospital Association.
  11. Vichayavitas, P., Rannie, M., Peyton, C., Sables-Baus, S., Barrett, C., Kaufman, J., & daCruz, E. (2013). Improving nutrition in critically ill pediatric cardiac patients: An interdisciplinary approach. Abstract, Pediatric Academic Societies Annual Meeting.
  12. Sables-Baus, S., & Zuk, J. (2012). An exemplar for evidence-based nursing practice using the Magnet Model as the framework for change: Oral feeding practice in the neonatal intensive care unit. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 27, 577-582.
  13. Sables-Baus, S., Kaufman, J., Cook, P., daCruz, E. (2011). Oral feeding outcomes for infants with congenital heart disease. Cardiology in the Young, 22(1), 42-48. 
  14. Sables-Baus, S., & Robinson, M. V. (2011) Pediatric Neurological Exam. International Emergency Nursing, 19(4), 199-205.
  15. Sables-Baus, S. (2010). Pre-STEPS developmentally supportive family-centered care. Children's Hospital Colorado.
  16. Sables-Baus, S. (2009). Oral feeding outcomes for infants with congenital heart disease. Research News, 16.
  17. Sables-Baus, S., Paul, D., Kaufman, J., & daCruz, E. (2009). Oral feeding outcomes for infants with congenital heart disease [Abstract]. Highlights of Cardiology 2009, 12th Annual Update on Pediatric and Congenital Cardiovascular Disease: Strategies to Improve Care through a Multidisciplinary Approach.