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Promotion of Jennifer Rodgers, DNP Shows the Value of Hospital System Investment in APP Leadership

Posted on April 19, 2019   |   by   |   Advanced Practice Provider, Advanced Practice Structure, Employers, Job Seekers, Leadership

Jennifer Rodgers’ recent promotion to VP of Advanced Practice at UCHealth represents a significant step forward for AP Leadership.  

Jennifer Rodgers DNP APRN ACNP-BC
Jennifer Rodgers, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC

In March, Jennifer Rodgers, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC became Vice President of Advanced Practice at the University of Colorado Hospital. Earlier this year, I interviewed Jennifer about her ability to overcome departmental barriers and build up Advanced Practice leaders in her organization. Given all she has accomplished, Jennifer’s promotion is well-deserved. I’m excited because I also believe her promotion has significance for the future of Advanced Practice (AP) Leadership.

“We are pleased to announce the promotion of Jennifer Rodgers to the role of Vice President Advanced Practice and Associate Chief Nursing Officer, Ambulatory Nursing for the University of Colorado Hospital.

With her new role, Jennifer will provide UCH executive leadership to the Office of Advanced Practice as a dyad partner with Christina Finlayson, Associate Dean, CU-SOM.  Additionally, Jennifer will partner with Mike Romano, VP of Ambulatory Services in assuming responsibility for nursing practice, policy, and strategy throughout all ambulatory sites of care.”

From an Announcement by the University of Colorado Hospital In Partnership with University of Colorado School of Medicine

Shifting Perspectives to Influence Change

Influencing change is one of the biggest challenges faced by today’s AP Leaders. In many organizations, APPs are underutilized and under-supported. Building an APP service requires a shift in perspective and a fuller appreciation for the APP role. To achieve change, Advanced Practice leaders must continually communicate the value of APPs and advocate for full scope of practice. In Jennifer’s case, she worked diligently, attending meetings and creating crucial conversations that led to a strong collaboration between all stakeholders.

Jennifer Rodger’s promotion demonstrates a commitment to the APP structure of leadership by the University of Colorado Hospital and University of Colorado School of Medicine.  

Her expanded role and reporting structure at the leadership level will help define APP roles more effectively.  Her seat at the table gives her the opportunity to influence decisions and build processes for APPs, leading to optimal efficiency and retention.

Promoting AP Leadership is a Wise Investment

The cost of turnover for an APP is estimated to be between $250,000 and $300,000. Promoting and supporting APP leaders to be effective in their role is the best investment an organization can make.  

We encourage other organizations to view APP leadership like they view the function of a chief nursing officer or chief medical officer.  Every provider needs to be represented at the executive level so their needs can be effectively addressed. Talk to your APP leaders and understand what they require to be successful. APPs are driven to build processes and efficiencies and can be your biggest asset when it comes to executing on organizational goals.

Congratulations to Jennifer Rodgers and kudos to the University of Colorado Hospital and University of Colorado School of Medicine! I know you have a bright future ahead.


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