Annual Rocky Mountain Interprofessional Research & Evidence-Based Practice Symposium

Our 29th year
This research forum has proven to be an extraordinary contribution to the professional growth of nurses and other health care professionals. The range of topics presented through seminars, podium, and poster sessions is broad and represents a diverse selection of research and evidence-based practice initiatives being conducted in a variety of clinical settings. We look forward to continued collaboration and success in discovering and strengthening relationships to promote research and scholarship in clinical practice.
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Professional Development team members

The Professional Development department, within the Patient Services Division, supports nurses and other health care professionals in research and evidence-based activities.

There is now a nationwide focus on inter-professional team projects that involve evidence-based practices and benchmarking. Professional Development not only mentors staff to improve research and evidence-based practice, but also participates in multi-site projects with other institutions and professional organizations. Clinical staff are encouraged to become familiar with national initiatives published by specialty groups and institutes.

Who are the interprofessional research resources in Professional Development?

  • Senior Director of Professional Development. The senior director provides oversight for research activity conducted in conjunction with the Patient Services Division and the Research and Evidence-Based Practice Council. The senior director serves on committees external to the department, acting as liaison to the larger health sciences research enterprise of the University of Colorado Denver.
    JoAnn DelMonte, RN-BC, MSN, Senior Director of Professional Development
  • Research nurse scientists. The research nurse scientists are doctorally-prepared clinical nurse experts who help staff to define and develop projects and negotiate institutional requirements for conducting research. The research nurse scientists coordinate support services needed for individual project completion.
    Kathleen Flarity, DNP, PhD, CEN, CFRN, FAEN
    Cara Spencer, PhD, FNP-BC, RN
    Ashley Anderson, BSN, RN, doctoral student
  • Project coordinator. The project coordinator provides specific data collection and management services on request. To access the services of the coordinator, you must contact the research nurse scientists or director with an outline of your needs.
    Kellar Elliott
  • Advanced statistical support personnel. The Department of Patient Services consults with experienced statisticians at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center who are available to support data analysis. These experts can be accessed through consultation with the research nurse scientists or director.

Research Nurse Scientists

Cara Spencer
Cara Spencer, PhD,
Kathleen Flarity
Kathleen Flarity, DNP,
 Ashley Anderson
Ashley Anderson,
BSN, RN, doctoral

Patient Services Research and Evidence-Based Practice Council

Patient Services Research and Evidence-Based Practice Council
EBP Champion teams
Educational offerings

Empirical outcomes

Journal Club resources
Levels of evidence
Searching for the evidence
Staff resources

Additional resources

Colorado EBP Model

Health Sciences Library on the Anschutz Medical Campus

Health Sciences Library offers a full complement of classes on use of the Internet, online searches for literature, as well as a fully stocked media center.

Center for Nursing Research

The Center for Nursing Research, located in the University of Colorado School of Nursing, has formal research facilities, space and support. Staff members of the Center are available for consultation through the research nurse scientist or director.


Research and EBP newsletter

Research and Evidence-Based Practice Manual, 3rd edition