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Sharon H. Pappas, RN, PhD

Sharon H. Pappas, RN, PhD, NEA-BCf

Chief Nursing Executive Centura Health, Chief Nursing Officer Centura Health Porter Adventist Hospital

Sharon H. Pappas has served as chief nursing officer of Porter Adventist Hospital, recently designated as a MagnetTM hospital, since 1998. She is responsible for managing all operations pertaining to the nursing staff including training and development, safety and patient care. In November of 2008 she was named chief nursing executive for the Centura Health system. In that role she provides executive leadership to CNOs for 15 hospitals, senior care and home care, and participates on Centura's Executive Council.

Prior to joining Porter Adventist Hospital,  Dr. Pappas served as the director of cardiovascular services, at St. Anthony Hospitals in Denver from 1993-1998 and was the nurse manager for Cardiovascular Nursing for the year prior to that. She was also the nursing director for the Emergency Center at the Medical Center of Central Georgia from 1985-1990.She has also been a faculty member and preceptor at Regis University and a assistant professor at University of Colorado Health Sciences Center School of Nursing.

Dr. Pappas holds a Bachelor of Science in nursing, from the School of Nursing at University of Georgia Medical College and a Master of Science in nursing administration from Georgia College, School of Nursing. She  received her PhD from University of Colorado Denver College of Nursing .

She served  as President of the Colorado Board of Nursing from 2003-2008 and is currently a board member for Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence. She has authored numerous articles for peer-reviewed journals and frequently presents at conferences addressing the role nurses and the nursing environment play in patient safety and hospital costs.

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