Normal life looks a lot different these days, especially in healthcare. But there is one thing that hasn’t changed at Children’s Colorado: Your child’s health and safety are our highest priority. Kids need great pediatric care as much now as ever, and it’s for that reason that we’re reactivating services we temporarily suspended due to the pandemic. We are here to deliver safe, thoughtful, high-quality care for kids who need it. Learn what to expect – and all the ways we’re keeping patients safe.
If you're concerned that you or your child may have been exposed to COVID-19, please do NOT visit an emergency or urgent care location. Instead, call your doctor or our free ParentSmart Healthline at 720-777-0123 for guidance.
In life-threatening emergencies, find the emergency room location nearest you. For non-life-threatening medical needs when your pediatrician is unavailable, visit one of our urgent care locations.
Here, nursing is different. The evidence is written in our patients' smiles, engraved on our hospital recognitions and displayed by the industry-changing service our team provides. Our nurses make a difference every day – whether they're improving patient care at one of our hospital locations or supporting children throughout our community.
At Children's Colorado, our mission, vision, values and strategic plan are aligned to prioritize patient care and a healthy work environment. Nurses have access to the resources they need to deliver the best care to our patients and families. Our nursing leaders support teams through mentoring and succession planning.
Our nursing team is led by Senior Vice President, Chief Nursing Executive Patricia (Pat) Givens. Pat has served in executive leadership positions since 2002 and in a variety of nursing leadership, academic, educational and direct care roles over the past 30 years. Her experience and practice settings have included children's hospitals, adult healthcare systems and academic medical centers across the U.S. and Canada.
Exemplary nursing professional practice
Our nurses are grounded in a culture of safety and evidence-based care through quality monitoring. At Children's Colorado, nurses and interprofessional teams partner with patients and families to ensure care coordination resulting in an improved quality of life.
Our Professional Practice Model depicts how nurses practice as professionals at Children’s Colorado. This model represents our:
Values and standards of behavior
Professional collaborative relationships
Family-centered care delivery system
Reward and compensation system
Shared governance structure
Team member contributions
Nationally recognized care
We strive for excellence in everything we do, which is why we're proud of the recognition our nursing team has received from local and national nursing organizations. Every member of our team contributes to this reputation for excellence – and we go out of our way to recognize our team members who exude this commitment.
The Magnet Nursing Services Recognition Program was established in 1993 to recognize healthcare organizations that provide the very best in nursing care and uphold the tradition within nursing that supports professional nursing practice.
The Emergency Nursing Association (ENA) gives their Lantern Award to emergency departments that demonstrate "exceptional and innovative performance in leadership, practice, education, advocacy and research."
The Children’s Hospital Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus Emergency Department received the 2019 ENA Lantern Award for the many improvements they’ve made in the past year, including the development of an evidence-based suicide screening process for their patients.
The DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nurses is given to recognize outstanding nurses at Children's Colorado. It was established by the DAISY Foundation, a foundation for the elimination of diseases attacking the immune system.
Nightingale Luminary Awards
The Colorado Nurse Foundation's Nightingale Luminary Awards recognize nurses who exemplify the philosophy and practice of Florence Nightingale, a 19th century nursing pioneer who epitomized the art of helping people. Our nurses are regularly honored by the Nightingale Awards each year.
Nursing Excellence Awards
The Nursing Excellence Awards are annual recognitions highlighting nursing achievements from the Division of Patient Care Services. The awards align with our Reimagine 2020 Strategic Plan and Magnet standards.
Service within and beyond our hospital walls
Our nursing team provides services at ten of our Children's Colorado locations. We also have neonatal nurse practitioners, school nurses and nurses in the community who serve patients at other sites.
At Children's Colorado, we serve pediatric populations ages 0 to 21 and adult patients with pediatric conditions. Through collaboration with University of Colorado Hospital and the University of Colorado School of Medicine, we also serve the maternal and fetal population.
Our teams provide high-quality care to the community through effective structures and partnerships. Community initiatives that our nursing team supports include:
School Health Program: Our school health nurses reach more than 75,000 Colorado students. We provide direct and consultative care to:
Seven metro-area school districts
Forty-seven private and charter schools
Seventy child care centers/preschools, head start programs and camps
KidStreet: KidStreet is a specialized day treatment designed to provide daily rehabilitation services for infants and children with complex medical needs. Children receive skilled nursing and rehabilitative therapy care that their medical conditions require, while allowing them the opportunity to interact with other children.
Roundup River Ranch: Several of our nurses volunteer with Roundup River Ranch, a year-round ranch located in Gypsum, Colorado that enriches the lives of children with serious illnesses and their families. The camp offers free, medically supported activities and programs that provide unforgettable opportunities to discover joy, develop friendships and build confidence. Children's Colorado has been involved with Roundup River Ranch since we became a Founding Hospital Partner in 2006. We provide donations of service, medications, medical supplies and referral of campers.
Advanced practice nurses
Our nurse practitioners are an important part of our provider team. The Children's Colorado Neonatal Program is currently a team of more than 100 Neonatal Nurse Practitioners (NNPs) and growing. Our NNP program has a strong partnership with Regis University as our regional partner for NNP education. The Children's Colorado NNP Program provides a competitive clinical rotation practice site and provides employment opportunities for these graduates.