A. CCNR Concept
B. CCNR Framework
C. CCNR Shared Vision
1. CU Denver:
By 2020, CU Denver will be a leading
public university with a global reputation for excellence in learning, research
and creativity, community engagement, and clinical care.
2. Colorado Collaborative for Nursing Research (CCNR):
By (a) linking Colorado health-care institutions and (b) pooling Colorado health-care resources, the CCNR will generate research and translate that
research into evidence-based practice, contributing to a world-class
health-care system for Colorado and beyond.
D. CCNR Context
Improvement of patient safety/patient care tops the Institute of Medicine’s
research-priority list (IOM, 2009). In keeping with the nation’s top research
priority, we propose to create an infrastructure that links expert academic and
facility-based researchers, health-care system administrators, care providers,
and students (University Strategic
Priorities, Goals 1.2, 1.3, and 6.1; Objectives 4.3.2 and 4.3.3). This
proposal has already sparked tremendous interest from Centura, HealthOne, VA,
Denver Health, University of Colorado Hospital, and Children’s Hospital
Colorado. Together, we aim to enhance the quality and efficiency of Colorado
nursing care through generation of evidence and subsequent translation of
research evidence into evidence-based organizational and clinical best practices
(University value of “Health and Care
of Mind, Body, and Community” and University Strategic Priorities, Goals 3.2;
4.1, and 4.2). This proposed joint effort is called the Colorado
Collaborative for Nursing Research (CCNR).
E. Establishing/Leading the CCNR
The CCNR makes the CU College of Nursing’s (CON) world-class research capabilities available exclusively to collaborative partners (University Strategic Priority 3, Goal 6). First, the CCNR provides a forum where Colorado's thriving health-care community can match research interests with CON faculty members to produce collaborative
work for funding and publication (University
Strategic Priorities, Objective 2.5.2). Second, the CCNR lets the CON
offer a menu of research support services—e.g., project consultation, grant
writing, statistical analysis, and mock reviews—to our collaborative partners,
who want and need such support.
Dr. Karen Sousa and Dr. Linda Flynn will lead the CCNR
staff in offering bundles of research-support services only to first-year
charter members. In subsequent years, membership dues paid by participating
health-care systems will sustain CCNR staff and activities.
F. CCNR Advantages
provides several benefits to CU Denver. First, the CCNR demonstrates the
University’s commitment to collaboration and strengthens the bonds between the College of Nursing and its health-care delivery partners. Furthermore, the CCNR opens up collaborative
research opportunities for the CON’s faculty and doctoral students. Most
importantly, scholarship produced collaboratively by CON researchers and health
care-community partners will upgrade patient-care quality, promote patient
safety, and guide clinical/executive nursing practice for all Coloradans and
all the world (University Strategic
Priority 3, Goal 1). In
sum, the CCNR ramps up College of Nursing scholarly output and channels CON research findings into
evidence-based community practice.