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University of Colorado Hospital's
UEXCEL Program Structure


Program Overview

University of Colorado Hospital’s focus on nursing EXcellence in Clinical care, Education and Evidence, and L eadership represent UEXCEL, the Clinical Practice Program, an advancement system that promotes professional registered nurse practice at University of Colorado Hospital.

The UEXCEL program provides the foundation for professional nursing practice at University of Colorado Hospital, and offers the opportunity for nurses to progressively move toward advanced levels of professional practice. Each level of UEXCEL represents increased responsibility, clinical knowledge and expertise, a greater accountability to mentoring others, and an expanded role as a clinical resource for patients, families, staff and community.

Complete UEXCEL Program Overview

Standards and Categories of Practice

Standards of care, practice and performance are organized into four dimensions:

  • Practice
  • Outcomes
  • Leadership
  • Professional Profile 

UEXCEL standards are based on national standards from the American Nurses Association. Performance standards may incorporate specialty standards per clinical area, such as those published by the Oncology Nurses Society (ONS), American Association of Ambulatory Nurses (AAAN), or the Association of Operating Room Nurses (AORN). Each level of UEXCEL has identified critical standards in all four dimensions of practice that must be met by nurse performance. Nurses receive a copy of the standards during orientation, as well as during the contracting time period.