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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 an investigator and research health 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 joy in work 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 is the creator of the Relational Playbook for Cardiology Teams, a patented invention to help healthcare teams thrive in the workplace, and the Director of the Relational Coordination in the VA Innovation Lab.

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.

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