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Published on October 13, 2011

University of Colorado Hospital Nurse Recognized Among the Best of the Best

AURORA, Colo. - Tracey Anderson, MSN, RN, CNRN, FNP-BC, ACNP-BC, director of neurocritical care program development and neurocritical care nurse practitioner at University of Colorado Hospital (UCH), has been named a Magnet® Nurse of the Year by the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC). The award recognizes the outstanding contributions of nurses working in Magnet hospitals.

Tracey Anderson and UCH Colleagues

Anderson (second from left) is flanked by UCH Magnet
Program Director Danielle Schloffman (far left) and Chief
Nursing Officer Carolyn Sanders. UCH Magnet Steering
Committee Co-Chair Terry Rendler is at right.

Anderson was given one of five awards recognizing significant contributions in clinical practice, education, research or service. The nominees are judged by a panel of nurse experts for innovation, consultation, leadership, and professional risk-taking. Anderson was recognized in the “structural empowerment” category.

“Tracey is a devoted mentor and educator in our field. Her dedication has helped her patients, other nurses and the community at large,” said Carolyn Sanders RN, PhD, NEA-BC, chief nursing officer and vice president of patient services at UCH. “Tracey is known for her experience in developing stroke programs and mentoring hospitals on their journey to becoming certified primary stroke centers, after having successfully led this initiative at UCH.”

Helping programs and educating staff

Anderson developed the structure for UCH’s stroke program. Her efforts in educating hospital-wide staff, including dietary and housekeeping employees, on recognizing stroke-like symptoms has not only led to staff empowerment, but to improved patient outcomes. Her initiative decreased the time between notification and patient arrival for a CAT scan from 69 minutes to 27 minutes.

She also led the way in helping UCH obtain the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association “Get with the Guidelines” Patient Management Program Gold Plus Performance Achievement Award for Stroke. Under her leadership, UCH became one of just three hospitals in the country to receive funding from the Neuroscience Nursing Foundation to offset the cost of preparing clinical nurses for the Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse exam. In the last few months, 14 staff nurses at UCH have obtained specialty certification.

This is not the first time Anderson has been recognized for her work. In 2010, she was named the 2010 Nurse Practitioner of the Year at the National Conference of Nurse Practitioners. She also was recognized with the Peak Performers Award for Hospital-Based Nurse Practitioners at the 2009 & 2010 Rocky Mountain Hospital Medicine Symposium in Denver.

About University of Colorado Hospital

University of Colorado Hospital is the Rocky Mountain region's leading academic medical center. It is recognized as the highest-performing academic hospital in the United States for delivering quality health care by the University HealthSystem Consortium, and is ranked as the best hospital in the Denver metro area and one of the best in the country by U.S. News & World Report. UCH is best known as an innovator in patient care and often as one of the first hospitals to bring new medicine to the patients’ bedside. The hospital’s physicians are affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, part of the University of Colorado system. Based on the expansive Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, CO, the hospital is where patient care, research and education converge to establish the future of health care delivery. 

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