Colleen Goode

AURORA, Colo. (June 15, 2010)—Colleen J. Goode, RN, PhD, FAAN, NEA-BC, professor in the University of Colorado College of Nursing, was recently presented with the University of Iowa (UI) Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement. Presented annually since 1963, they are the UI Alumni Association’s highest honor, recognizing the outstanding achievements and service of UI alumni and friends. The Distinguished Alumni Award for Achievement is given for significant accomplishments in business or professional life or for distinguished human service.

Goode, a resident of Westminster, Colo., is a leader in the nursing profession and has dedicated her professional career to advancing the quality of nursing education and patient care.

“The University of Iowa College of Nursing definitely prepared me for leadership roles and gave me a strong background in research,” said Goode. “I have had outstanding mentors in my career and great opportunities to do the work that I love to do.  I am humbled and honored to receive this award.”

Since 1997, Goode has worked at the University of Colorado Hospital as a vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer and as an associate dean for nursing practice, and currently is a professor in the University of Colorado College of Nursing. Under her leadership, in 2002 and 2005, the University of Colorado Hospital gained prestigious Magnet status for excellence in nursing care. Goode also developed the nation’s first nurse residency program for new nursing graduates and assembled a highly educated nursing department, where 83 percent of the staff holds baccalaureate degrees compared to the national average of 40 percent.

“Goode is an extraordinary national leader and scholar in health care, clinical nursing and nursing education,” said Patricia Moritz, PhD, RN, FAAN, dean and professor of the University of Colorado College of Nursing. “Among her many achievements, she has led the development of the National Nurse Residency Program, stimulated the model for accreditation of these programs, and the integration of an Evidence-Based approach to nursing practice. As a professor here at the College of Nursing, she is bringing wisdom, vision and leadership to our faculty and students. We are very fortunate to have her leadership within the college.”

After graduating from the University of Iowa’s College of Nursing in 1961 with a bachelor of science in nursing degree, Goode earned her master’s in nursing management and family nursing in 1984 from Creighton University and then a doctorate of nursing in 1993 from the UI. Her impact on her profession became evident soon afterwards, when, as director of nursing at a small regional hospital, she designed and led the adoption of an evidence-based practice. The effects of this “Iowa Model” were felt worldwide, as other institutions began to use the innovative care delivery model.

Through her subsequent work at the UI and University of Colorado teaching hospitals, Goode has cemented an international reputation as “a beacon of light for clinical change.” As a nursing executive, she introduced team nursing (in the 1970s), total patient care (1980s), and case management (1990s).

Goode also hired the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinic’s first nurse practitioner in the Department of Nursing and contributed research to the nursing field in the areas of autonomy, recognition, care delivery models, and evidence-based administrative protocols. In addition, she co-chaired a successful multidisciplinary research team that implemented and evaluated a case management model. Her meta-analysis documented the evidence for use of saline instead of heparin to irrigate peripheral IVs. This research changed practice across the U.S. and internationally, leading to safer and more cost-effective care. 

Goode’s legacy continues at Iowa through the National Research Utilization Conference, which is held annually through the UI Department of Nursing and Patient Care Services.

She is recipient of 16 honors from various healthcare organizations, including the Outstanding Nurse Executive Award from the Iowa Organization of Nursing Executives. She donates much of her time and efforts to volunteer leadership positions on national nursing boards and organizations, such as the American Academy of Nursing.

Perhaps the key to this trailblazing UI alumna’s enduring success as a leader, researcher, and mentor, can be seen in this remark by a colleague: “Years after leaving the nursing uniform behind, Colleen Goode is still a nurse at heart. Her attention, commitment, and compassion for patients are evident every day.”

Located at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., the University of Colorado College of Nursing offers some of the highest ranked programs in the country — from bachelor’s through doctoral degrees and post-graduate certificate programs. The college offers several specialties through its master’s program and the only PhD program in clinical research in Colorado. It also is the birthplace of nurse practitioner education and the caring movement, and was one of the first schools in the country to offer a Doctor of Nursing Practice program. For more information, visit the UC Denver Newsroom.


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