Professional Bio


  • M.S., Leadership in Healthcare Systems: Education Focus, Regis University, 2011
  • B.S.N., University of Colorado, 1999
  • B.A., Biology, University of Colorado, 1991


Clinical Certifications and Expertise


  • Medical/Surgical Nursing
  • Neuroscience Nursing


  • Certified Neuroscience Nurse (CNRN)
  • Certified Medical/Surgical Nurse (RN-BC)

Professional Memberships

  • American Association of Neuroscience Nurses (AANN)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI)


Research & Scholarship

Research Interests

New Graduate Nurses entry into practice
Nurse to Nurse Hostility
Student engagement in the classroom
The Clinical Scholar Model

Recent Presentations

Hovasse, A., & Spade, C. Nurses Eating Their Young, Our Need for Dietary Reform. Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Kappa Chapter at Large, Spring Meeting and Awards Ceremony, Denver, CO. April 18, 2011.

Hovasse, A. & Kerlagon, S.  Representing The Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence, Poster Presentation, Enhancing Patient Safety and Quality through Developing Staff Nurses to Teach Nursing Student Rotations. Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Conference on Enhancing Nursing Undergraduate Teaching and Learning in the Clinical Setting: What do we know and how do we move forward? Washington, D.C. October, 2010.

Awards & Recognition

  • Nomination, Colorado Regional Nightingale Luminary Award, 2011