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COL L EG E
CU Professor Is
Flying High as
She Joins Nation's
Most Accomplished
Nursing Leaders
By Deborah Sherman
hree miles up and three miles
down. Dr. Kathleen Flarity
has skydived more than 2,500
times out of balloons, Russian
helicopters and even two Boeing 727
airliners. She's inspired her children to
free fall. But perhaps the biggest thrill
Flarity's experiencing right now is getting
selected to become a fellow at the
American Academy of Nursing. Academy
fellows are nursing's most accomplished
leaders and among the nation's most
highly-educated citizens, proven to have
left their mark on health care.
" I'm very honored. It's one thing to be recognized by
people who don't know what you do and another to be
recognized by your peers nationally who understand
the results of your work, " said Kathleen Flarity, DNP,
PhD, CEN, CFRN, FAEN. " The Academy is a powerful
organization that can offer a voice. I hope to inspire
other nurses that they too can make a difference and
an impact on multiple levels. "
The outdoor enthusiast is a Brigadier General in the
US Air Force (one of the highest positions a nurse can
hold in the Air Force), an associate professor at the
University of Colorado School of Medicine and the
College of Nursing. She is also a UCHealth Research
Nurse Scientist and Deputy Director of the Center for
COMBAT Research at the School of Medicine. Her career
T
Brigadier
General Kathleen
Flarity, DNP, PhD
spans clinical, academic, research and policy to improve the
care of civilians and soldiers, warriors and warrior medics.
Whether it's acute traumatic brain injury, suicides by firearms,
oxygen treatment levels, and hemorrhage control, Dr.
Flarity says civilian research can help soldiers in combat,
and military research can improve civilian lives. Her job is
to bring talented people together from medicine, academia,
military and the industry, and make research happen.
Mona Pearl Treyball, PhD, RN, CSN, CCRN-K, FAAN, nominated
Flarity for the fellowship after working with her in
Afghanistan where they gave the wounded the newest, safest
and evidence-based nursing care.
" What impresses me most is her personal passion for the
well being of nurses and other healthcare workers. This
comes through in the focus of her academic accomplishments,
developing tools to prevent falls in the emergency
room and studying interventions to address compassion
fatigue among healthcare staff. What isn't so obvious are
the personal sacrifices she has made to achieve these efforts
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