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Heather Marie Gilmartin, PhD, NP, BSN – Career Development Awardee

Heather Marie Gilmartin, PhD, NP, BSN Heather Marie Gilmartin, PhD, NP, BSN
Rocky Mountain Regional VA Medical Center, Aurora, CO
Aurora, CO 


Heather Gilmartin, PhD, NP, is a health services researcher and nurse scientist in the Denver/Seattle Center of Innovation for Veteran-Centered and Value Driven Care at the Rocky Mountain Regional Veterans Health Administration (VA) Medical Center. She has been a core investigator since 2016. From 2014-2016, she was a VA post-doctoral nurse fellow. Her research focus is on understanding and optimizing the culture of healthcare to enhance employee engagement and patient safety. She aims to achieve this by facilitating organizational learning through the implementation and dissemination of high reliability practices such as team training, mindfulness, and relational coordination. In 2020, she was awarded a VA Career Development Award to study supportive learning environments in VA cardiac catheterization laboratories.

Dr. Gilmartin completed her undergraduate degree from Boston College, her master's degree from Yale University, and her doctorate from the University of Colorado. Her 20+ years of clinical practice as a family nurse practitioner have included acute care, family practice, pediatrics, infection prevention, epidemiology, and public health nursing. She is an assistant professor at the University of Colorado School of Public Health and adjunct faculty at the University of Colorado School of Nursing.

Dr. Gilmartin's recent research includes investigations on the role of psychological safety and mindfulness on healthcare providers and patient outcomes, the role of care coordination on Veteran outcomes, and a national survey to establish the state of learning environments and high reliability practices in VA cardiac catheterization laboratories. She has published multiple methodological papers pertaining to structural equation modeling and psychometric analyses of surveys, along with novel implementation methods such as the brainwriting premortem. She collaborates actively with researchers in several disciplines, including medicine, organization psychology, management, economics, anthropology, and dissemination and implementation science. These collaborations have led to multiple projects published in high-impact journals such as the BMJ, BMJ Quality and Safety, Nursing Research, and Implementation Science.

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