Professional Bio

Education

  • DNP, Nursing Regis University, 2012
  • MS, Nursing Rush University, 1978
  • BSN, Nursing University of Illinois, 1974

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    Clinical Certifications & Expertise

    Clinical Certifications

    • Registered Nurse (RN). State of Colorado, Department of Regulatory Agencies.
    • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS). State of Colorado, Department of Regulatory Agencies.
    • Registered Nurse (RN). State of Illinois
    • Board Certification Clinical Nurse Specialist- American Nurse Certification Corporation
    • Six Sigma Green Belt
    • Fundamental of Critical Care Support, Society of Critical Care Medicine
    • Certified Critical Care Registered Nurse, American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
    • Advanced Cardiac Life Support Provider, American Heart Association
    • Basic Life Support, American Heart Association

    Professional Memberships

    • American Association of Critical-Care Nurses (AACN)
    • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)
    • American Heart Association (AHA), Leadership Team for Mission Lifeline Colorado
    • National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS)
    • Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care (SCPC)

    Research and Scholarship

    Research Interests

    • Rural applications of Urban Clinical Practice Guidelines for care of Heart Attack

    Recent Publications

    Benz, J. (2016). “High Reliability is Built with Resilience”, A Healthcare Handbook for Patient Safety and Quality, Oster, C and Braaten J. Indianapolis, IN: Sigma Theta Tau International.

    Benz, J.(2016). Perianesthesia Cardiovascular Nursing Core Curriculum, Schick L, Windle, PE (3rd Ed).  St Louis: Elsevier.

    Benz, J. (2015). Cardiology Issues, in PeriAnesthesia Nursing Core Curriculum, Schick L. & Windle P (Eds) (3rd Ed). Philadelphia: JB Lippincott.

    Recent Presentations

    Benz, J. Regional Emergency STemi Plans and Challenging Case Studies, Duke’s Regional Systems Accelerator Implementation of Mission Lifeline, Denver, CO.  Platform presentation. February, 2016.

    Benz, J. Improving access to Heart Attack Health Care, 8th Annual Centura Health EBP Conference, Denver, CO,   Platform presentation and lecture. November, 2015.

    Benz, J. Evidenced-Based Practice: Improving Care for the MI Patient in Rural Colorado. Health Care Summit, Regis University, Denver CO, October, 2015.

    Benz, J. (2012, November). Rural Heart Attack Health Care. Podium presentation at 5th Annual Centura Health Evidence Based Practice, Research and Innovation Conference, Denver, CO.

    Benz, J. (2012, September). Application of Urban Heart Attack Clinical Practice Guidelines to Rural Health Care. Poster presentation at 5th Annual DNP Conference, St. Louis, MO.

    Benz, J. (2011, November). Application of Clinical Practice Guidelines to Rural Health Care. Poster presentation at Evidence-based Practice, Research and Innovation Conference, Denver, CO.

    Awards and Recognition

    Individual Recognition

    • Nightingale Luminary Award banquet, Honored as “nurses that advance the profession of nursing and positively impact their community through advocacy, leadership and/or innovation.” Awarded. April 2016
    • Get with Guidelines Gold Status for Resuscitation Award, American Heart Association, 2015
    • Mission Life Line Gold Plus Award: American Heart Association, July 2015
    • Get with the Guidelines- Resuscitation, Gold award, American Heart Association, April 2015
    • Get with the Guidelines- Resuscitation, Silver award, American Heart Association, April 2014
    • Sigma Theta Tau International Scholarship for Academic Excellence in Doctoral Study, April 2012
    • Scholarship for Practicing Nurses Post Graduate Study, American Association of Critical Care Nurses, November 2011

    Leadership of Clinical Teams Recognition

    • Spring 2014 - Gold Recognition; American Heart Association. Mission Life Line Award, For ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction care exceeding the national benchmarks for four consecutive quarters.
    • March 2013 - Completed Accreditation as Chest Pain Center- St. Anthony Hospital, Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care, 2013-2015.
    • March 2013 - Completed Accreditation as STEMI Receiving Center- St. Anthony Hospital, American Heart Association, 2013-2015.
    • Spring 2013 - Mission Life Line Award, Gold Recognition; American Heart Association. For ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction care exceeding the national benchmarks for four consecutive quarters.
    • Winter 2012 - Completed application for Society of Cardiovascular Patient Care for Chest Pain Center designation.
    • Fall 2012 - Mission Life Line Award, Gold Recognition; American Heart Association. For ST Elevation Myocardial Infarction care exceeding the national benchmarks for four consecutive quarters.
    • Spring 2012 - Platinum Status, American College of Cardiology. For more than four quarters of care for Acute Myocardial Infarctions exceeding the national benchmarks.
    • Fall 2011 - The Joint Commission Disease Specific Certification- Acute Coronary Syndrome, recertification.

    Community Involvement and Service

    Service Internationally

    Visiting Professor, Graduate level Medical Surgical Nursing Course. University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. 2014

    Service to the University, College, Department

    Interview Accelerated student candidates, 2012
    Curriculum Committee, 2011-2012
    Interview Accelerated student candidates, 2011

    Service to the Community

    State of Colorado STEMI (St-Elevation Myocardial Infarction) Task Force, Appointed by Governor Hickenlooper, 2014-2016

    American Heart Association, Colorado Mission Life Line, 2007-2014
    Leadership Team, American Heart Association, 2012-2014
    Hospital Engagement, co-chair Colorado Mission Life Line, 2012
    Evidence Base Practice Protocol, co-chair Colorado Mission Life Line, 2010-2011
    Rocky Mountain Honor Flight, Nurse Volunteer, 2010-2011
    Christmas Veteran Honor lunch, 2010 and 2011
    Veteran trip to Washington, 2010