Colleen Goode

AURORA, Colo. —Colleen J. Goode, PhD, RN, FAAN, NEA-BC, professor at the University of Colorado College of Nursing, is the recipient of the American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) 2011 Lifetime Achievement Award, a high honor in the nursing profession.

The award honors an AONE member who is recognized by the broader nursing community as a significant leader in the nursing profession and who has served AONE in an important leadership capacity—demonstrating the qualities of leadership and service to the nursing profession by their professional and personal example. Goode will be honored at an award presentation during the AONE 44th Annual Meeting and Exposition in San Diego on April 14.

“I learned so much about leadership by being involved in AONE,” said Goode. “Serving on the AONE Board of Directors, several AONE committees, and attending regional and national AONE meetings made me realize the importance of lifelong learning. I am very
honored to receive this award—especially because it comes from my peers.”

Goode has dedicated her professional career to advancing the quality of nursing education and patient care. From 1997 to 2009, Goode worked at the University of Colorado Hospital, serving as vice president for patient care services and chief nursing officer, and as an associate dean for nursing practice. Under her leadership, the University of Colorado Hospital gained Magnet status for excellence in nursing care in 2002. In 2010, the hospital received its third Magnet re-designation which only one percent of hospitals in the United States have received.

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

While at the University of Colorado Hospital, Goode co-chaired a team that developed the nation’s first post-baccalaureate nurse residency program for new nursing graduates and assembled a highly educated nursing department, where 87 percent of the staff holds baccalaureate degrees compared to the national average of 40 percent.

Goode has contributed research to the nursing field in the areas of autonomy, recognition, care delivery models, evidence-based administrative protocols, and the impact of staffing on patient outcomes. 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. In 2003, she was the recipient of an AONE Institute Research Seed Grant to study the effects of a new one-year post-baccalaureate nurse residency program on new graduates. Since Goode’s original research was conducted, the residency curriculum has been tested and revised and is still being implemented and studied today. More than 60 hospitals are now using the evidence-based curriculum and data are still being gathered on outcomes. In 2010, Goode was designated as an “edge-runner” by the American Academy of Nursing for this innovative nurse residency program.

“Colleen is an extraordinary leader and scholar in nursing who has forged the way to excellence in patient care, developing new nurses, and set a path for future nurse managers and administers,” said the University of Colorado College of Nursing Dean Patricia Moritz, RN, PhD, FAAN.

Goode is the recipient of multiple honors from various health care organizations, including the Outstanding Nurse Executive Award from the Iowa Organization of Nursing Executives, the Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders Circle of Excellence Award, the Sigma Theta Tau International (STTI) Doris J. Biester Award for Excellence in Leadership, and the STTI International Research Utilization Award. She was selected for fellowship in the American Academy of Nursing (AAN) in 1995 and currently serves on the AAN Board of Directors. Goode served on the AONE Board of Directors from 2000 to 2002, the AONE Institute for Patient Care Research and Education Advisory Board from 2002 to 2008, and chaired the AONE Education, Research and Development Committee in 2001. She currently serves as a member of the AONE Nominations Committee and has served on the DAISY Foundation Steering Committee since 2008, helping guide the expansion of the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses to over 800 hospitals.

Goode has published extensively in nursing, having authored more than 60 professional journal articles. In a recent research publication, Goode was credited with being one of the most cited authors across two decades in the area of knowledge utilization. She has lectured and presented across the country and abroad at conferences, symposiums, workshops and webinars, including presentations at numerous AONE annual meetings.

About the University of Colorado College of Nursing
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. The College of Nursing was voted “Aurora’s Best of the Best 2010” – Best School, “Critic’s choice,” by The Aurora Sentinel. For more information, visit the CU Denver Newsroom.

About the American Organization of Nurse Executives
The American Organization of Nurse Executives (AONE) is the national professional organization for nurses who design, facilitate and manage care. With more than 7,500 members, AONE is the leading voice of nursing leadership in health care. Since 1967, the organization has provided leadership, professional development, advocacy and research to advance nursing practice and patient care, promote nursing leadership excellence and shape public policy for health care. AONE is a subsidiary of the American Hospital Association (AHA). For additional information, visit the AONE website at


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