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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Sharon Sables-Baus, PhD, RN, PCNS-BC

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 both undergraduate and graduate-level (including inter-professional) classes. Her 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 impact 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. Research on outcomes among this population has been shared at many conferences (both domestic and international) and published in a cardiac journal. Furthermore, Sables-Baus chaired a national committee tasked with developing evidence-based, infant-driven, oral-feeding guidelines for hospitalized neonates. She currently is developing strategies for integrating oral-feeding competencies into education and practice for all caregivers—physicians, nurses, parents, and therapists—of hospitalized neonates and infants.

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. Certified Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS-BC) at Children’s Hospital Colorado, The Heart Institute, including CICU and CPCU, as well as follow up clinic for infants with complex congenital heart disease. NIDCAP certified CNS in the NICU. Completion of neurodevelopmental evaluations, including oral feeding.
  2. National Pediatric Cardiology Quality Improvement Collaborative – member of The Children’s Hospital Heart Institute Team to plan and implement improvement projects to improve survival and reduce mortality of infant with hypoplastic left heart syndrome between stage 1 and 2 repair, including growth and nutritional outcomes, 2011.
  • Principal Investigator, Children's Hospital Colorado: 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. Dr. Sables-Baus is an active member of the Consortium for Congenital Cardiac Care Management of Nursing Practice (C4-MNP), and Children's Colorado is one of the participating hospitals. Grant: $3,000 from Boston Children's Hospital Program for Patient Safety and Quality (PPSQ).
  • Quality Improvement: Principal Investigator 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.
  • Principal Investigator: Oral Feeding Outcomes for Infants with Congenital Heart Disease. Study of oral feeding outcomes for neonates and infants with congenital heart disease requiring surgical repair in the first week of life. The Heart Center, Children’s Hospital Colorado, Denver, CO. , 2010 – 2011.
  1. Sables-Baus, S. & Robinson, M.V. (2011) Pediatric Neurological Exam. International Emergency Nursing : Vol 19 Issue 4 pp. 199-205
  2. Sables-Baus, S., Kaufman, J., Cook, P., da Cruz, E. (2011). Oral feeding outcomes in neonates with congenital cardiac disease undergoing cardiac surgery. Cardiology in the Young [in press].
  3. Sables-Baus, S., Paul, D., Kaufman, J., da Cruz, 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, Atlantis Resort, Nassau, Paradise Island, The Bahamas, February 4-8, 2009. Cardiology in the Young (2009), Vol.19, Suppl. 2, p. 133.