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Colorado LJniversity of Hospital


UNIVERSITY OT COIORADO HEALIH
August l5th,2014
UEXCEL Board Members
University of Colorado Hospital
12605 E. 16ft Ave.
Aurora, CO 80045
Dear UEXCEL Board Members,
It is with great pleasure I proudly endorse Aurora Davis, RN, BSN, OCN for promotion to a Level III
registered nurse. Aurora
joined
University of Colorado Hospital as part of the new graduate residency program
in2009 and has worked on the Oncology/BMT unit since that time. As you will see, Aurora is committed to our
unit, our orgarrrzation and the profession of nursing. She has accomplished significant milestones in her nursing
career in
just
five years.
Aurora has tirelessly championed our unit's pain management efforts over the last year and half. She
transitioned from the Skin Champions of Change Committee where she had represented our unit for two years
to the Pain Champions of Change Committee (PCCC) in20l3. Through her work on PCCC and evaluation of
our unit's HCHAPS scores related to pain management, Aurora identified the need for a more formal
educational tool for patients. She worked with the PCCC and Patient Education Committee to devise and obtain
approval for the tool. Additionally, Aurora gave PowerPoint presentations at staff meetings to educate nurses
regarding the importance of utilizing the tool when providing patient education. Ultimately, her tool has been
rolled out hospital-wide and is incorporated into admission packets for all admitted inpatients. Her initiative and
impeccable follow-through during this process is remarkable. She has since become the co-chair of the Pain
Champions of Change Committee. This is a huge testament to her leadership abilities. Her work on this
committee has encompassed not only our unit, but the entire UCH organization.
Additionally, Aurora has shown a tremendous commitment for the specialty of Oncology. She obtained her
Oncology Nurse Certification in 2013 and continues to be an outstanding preceptor. Aurora is also a member of
the Oncology Nursing Society and the Metro Denver Oncology Nursing Society. Furthermore, Aurora has taken
the initiative to send "Learning Opportunities" emails to staff over the course of this last year. They have been
very valuable to our young staff in learning the nuances of oncology and BMT nursing. These emails also
reflect her excellent communication skills and leadership presence on our unit.
Aurora is huge asset to our Oncology/BMT team and University of Colorado Hospital. Her leadership and
engagement on our unit, to the field of nursing and specialty of Oncology/BMT is truly phenomenal. Aurora is
very deserving of promotion to a Level III nurse as she has shown that she possess the skills necessary to
perform at this level. Please do not hesitate to contact me for any additional information.
Oncology/BMT
720-848-4972
Nordhagen, Rlrll
lnterim Nurse Manager
AnschuElnpatientPavilion.Floorll.l240lE.lThAve..Mail StopF787.Aurora,CO80045.Phone: 720-8484972.jarnie,nordhagen@uchealth.org