Professional Bio


  • Ed.D., Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Northern Colorado
  • M.S.N., University of Colorado-Health Sciences Center
  • M.A., Education, University of Northern Colorado
  • B.S.N.,University of Oklahoma


Clinical Certifications and Expertise

  • Registered Nurse (RN)
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) in Community Health–Advanced Practice Registry in Colorado
  • Certified Nurse Educator (CNE)
  • Work in acute and community health care settings

Professional Memberships

  • American Nurses Association (ANA)
  • Colorado Nurses Association (CNA), President, State Government Affairs and Public Policy Committee Chair
  • National League for Nursing (NLN)
  • Association of Colleges of Nursing (CACN)
  • Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing (STTI), Alpha Kappa Chapter
  • Colorado Nurses Foundation, President
  • Aurora Mental Health Center, Board of Directors, Program and Planning Committee, Development Committee, Community Relations/Legislation Committee and Facilities Committee


Research and Scholarship

Research Interests

  • Public Policy
  • Teaching-Learning Issues
  • Faculty Development and Faculty Practice
  • Community Health
  • Global Health and International Issues

Recent Publications

Gilbert, M., Graham-Dickerson, P. & Jarrett, S. (2011). White Paper justifying the need for and role of a Chief Nursing Officer in the Department of Health Care Policy and Finance State of Colorado. Unpublished manuscript, Department of Health Care Policy and Finance, Denver, Colorado.

Gilbert, M., Jarrett, S., Berg, B., Pennington, K., & Weber, C. (January 25, 2012) Teams and Collaboration: Keys to Success of the Development of a Post-Masters Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) Program., American Association of Colleges of Nursing Doctoral Education Conference, Naples, FL.

Recent Presentations

Mulligan, N., Anemaet, W., Christensen, T., Fete, M., Galloway, A., Jarrett, S., Freitas, E.L., Nash, J.D., Schwartz, C. Leading and learning through an interprofessional global health pathway. American Physical Therapy Association Education Leadership Conference. Columbus, OH.  October 13-15, 2017.

Pennington, K, Jarrett, S. Design elements of accelerated RN-BSN curriculum.  3rd Annual Nursing & Allied Health Educators Conference at Sea, AK.  Poster session, June 7, 2016.

Buxton, T., Jarrett, S. The Affordable Care Act and the Future of Nursing, Colorado Nurses Conference: Ethical Practice and Quality Care, Aurora, CO.  Podium presentation, September, 2015.

Gilbert, M., Berg, B., Jarrett, S., Pennington, K., Weber, C., & Ellison, N. (September 19-21, 2012) Teams and Collaboration: Keys to Success of the Development of a Post-Masters Doctor of  Nursing Practice (DNP) Program, 5th National Doctors of Nursing Practice Inc. Conference, St. Louis, MO.

Jarrett, S. (February 2012) Panel Speaker: Should Public Policy Support a BSN Workforce? Colorado Organization of Nurse Leaders (CONL). Denver, CO.

Gilbert, M., Jarrett S., Scherer, S., Pennington, K., Fuller, S., Riccheti, C., Gorman, I., & Amador, T. (January 26, 2012) Embracing Complexity by Advancing the Value of Faculty Practice through Interprofessional Collaboration among a College for Health Professions, an Alternative High School for Students with Special Circumstances, and a Community Based Care Agency for Underserved Populations, American Association of Colleges of Nursing Pre-Conference, Naples, FL.

Awards & Recognition

  • Ambassador of Hope Award, Bridging Hope, 2014
  • Inducted into Colorado Nurses Hall of Fame, Colorado Nurses Assocation, October 2010
  • Barbara Thomas Curts Award for significant contributions to nursing practice and health policy through political and legislative activity, American Nurses Association, June 2010
  • ANA-PAC Leadership Society, Inaugural Inductee, American Nurses Association, June 2010. Members of the ANA PAC Leadership Society are recognized as pinnacles of political activism. Society members are chosen by the ANA PAC Board of Trustees for their extraordinary political talent, skill and recognition of the connection between policy, political participation and the ANA-PAC.

Grants Awarded
  • Support Friendship Bridge Nurses Group and Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy efforts to maintain a master's course in nursing, Atlantic Philanthropies, $63,000 for 24 months, 2011 


Community Involvement and Service

Service to Profession

  • Board Member, Peer Assistance Services, Elected October 2014-October 2016

Service to Community

  • Board Member, Bridging Hope, 2012-1016