Nursing Research and Innovation
Children's Hospital Colorado is dedicated to reimagining and improving pediatric healthcare through research and innovation. Our team of nurse scientists conducts research and assists with evidence-based practice and innovative changes.
These efforts expand healthcare knowledge and advance the practice of nursing — and help us achieve our goal of providing the best care for children.
Our Youth and Pet Survivors Program (YAPS) matches pediatric cancer patients with animal “pen pals.”
We partner with the University of Colorado’s College of Nursing to employ nurse scientists and operate the state’s only hospital-based pediatric nursing research fellowship. This strong academic affiliation provides opportunities for our nurses to achieve their professional goals while contributing to their field.
"Pediatric cancer patients in our pet therapy program feel that animals don’t judge them, that the pets are safe, accepting and loving. There’s nothing more gratifying than knowing we’re making a lifelong impact."
Anne Gillespie, BSN, RN, CPHON
Clinical Policy Compliance Specialist
Learn about Gillespie's research
What our nursing research means for kids
At Children's Colorado, our patient care services staff are champions for our patients. We’re committed to strengthening the research culture in nursing, advocating for strong educational opportunities and providing brilliant pediatric care.
We pursue these ambitious goals because they ultimately help us deliver the best care for children. Pediatric nursing research and innovation empower us to improve healthcare outcomes and enhance the hospital experience for patients, families and staff.
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