Medical Center of the Rockies chief nursing officer selected for competitive national nurse fellowship

Program provides leadership and professional development to emerging nurse leaders
Aug. 7, 2014

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LOVELAND, Colo. – Bonnie Clipper, the chief nursing officer at Medical Center of the Rockies, has been named one of 20 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Executive Nurse Fellows for 2014.

Clipper joins a select group of nurses from across the country chosen to participate in the final cohort of this three-year leadership development program that is enhancing the effectiveness of nurse leaders who are working to improve the United States health care system.

“I am humbled at being given this wonderful development opportunity and look forward to building a culture of health care in my community,” Clipper said.

In 2013, Clipper was awarded the American Organization of Nurse Executives Nurse Mentor award. She serves on the Editorial Advisory Board for the American Nurses Association newspaper The American Nurse and the ANA Nursing Administration Advisory Panel charged with revising the Nursing Administration: Scope and Standards of Practice. Clipper, who is the creator of, is also a national speaker on new nurse transition and the impact of a multi-generational workforce and author of the book “The Nurse Manager’s Guide to an Intergenerational Workforce.”

Begun by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation in 1998, the program strengthens the leadership capacity of nurses who aspire to shape health care in their communities, states and nationally.

“At this moment, when the role of nurses in providing care and promoting health is expanding and our country’s health care system is being transformed, we need nurse leaders with the strongest skills possible,” said program co-director Linda Cronenwett, dean emerita and professor at the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “Our alumni are a virtual ‘who’s who’ of accomplished, prestigious nurses, and we know that Dr. Clipper and the other members of the 2014 RWJF Executive Nurse Fellows cohort will do a tremendous amount to improve health care and build a culture of health in the United States.”

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University of Colorado Health is a Front Range health system that delivers the highest quality patient care with the highest quality patient experience. University of Colorado Health combines Memorial Hospital, Poudre Valley Hospital, Medical Center of the Rockies, University of Colorado Hospital and a network of more than 40 medical clinics into one organization dedicated to health and providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Separately, these institutions can continue providing superior care to patients and service to the communities they serve. Together, they push the boundaries of medicine, attracting more research funding, hosting more clinical trials and improving health through innovation.

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UCHealth is an innovative, nonprofit health system that delivers the highest quality medical care with an excellent patient experience. With 24,000 employees, UCHealth includes 12 acute-care full-service hospitals and hundreds of physicians across Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. With University of Colorado Hospital on the Anschutz Medical Campus as its academic anchor and the only adult academic medical center in the region, UCHealth pushes the boundaries of medicine, providing advanced treatments and clinical trials and improving health through innovation.