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UK HealthCare’s Dr. Colleen Swartz inducted into College of Nursing Hall of Fame

Dr. Colleen Swartz

Dr. Colleen Swartz

Congratulations to Dr. Colleen Swartz, the chief nurse executive and chief administrative officer at UK HealthCare, for her recent induction into the UK College of Nursing Hall of Fame!

Dr. Swartz earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1987 and her doctoral degree in nursing practice in 2011 from the UK College of Nursing. Established in 2006, the UK College of Nursing Hall of Fame identifies distinguished graduates and their extraordinary contributions to the nursing profession.

Dr. Swartz became chief nurse executive for UK HealthCare in December 2008 and was appointed chief administrative officer in February 2017. Dr. Swartz oversees UK HealthCare’s more than 4,000 nursing service employees, which includes more than 2,000 full-time registered nurses. With the help of Dr. Swartz’ leadership and vision, our nurses play a vital role in enhancing our patients’ healing process and are instrumental in providing the world-class care available at UK HealthCare.

Among her many accomplishments at UK HealthCare, Dr. Swartz helped us earn Magnet recognition from the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC) in February 2016. Magnet status is the gold standard for nursing excellence, and out of nearly 6,000 healthcare organizations in the United States, fewer than 7 percent have achieved Magnet designation.

Her prior experience includes serving as chief nursing officer at a regional community hospital, director of emergency and trauma services, flight nursing and as director of the Capacity Command Center for UK HealthCare.

Congratulations on this awesome recognition, Dr. Swartz!


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Colleen Swartz, UK HealthCare chief nurse executive, named Leader to Watch

Congratulations to UK HealthCare’s chief nurse executive, Dr. Colleen Swartz, who is featured on the cover of this month’s Nurse Leader journal as a national nursing Leader to Watch.

Swartz sat down with Nurse Leader for an extensive interview about her career, the nursing profession and what it means to be a leader in health care.

She also offered advice for new nursing leaders, emphasizing the importance of ongoing self-improvement.

“Self-reflection and self-awareness must be an ongoing process for nurse leaders throughout their careers. An essential piece of the process is identifying the gaps in one’s repertoire of leadership skills, then developing a plan to address them,” Swartz said. “The strongest nurse leaders I know have honed this process and engage in it on a daily basis. It is truly an expression of humility that is foundational in leadership.”

Swartz also had a chance to reflect on the legacy of her career in nursing.

“Our nursing motto at UK, ‘Every patient, every time,’ is very personal to me, and I hope I have been able to impart that as a grounding principle for all of those whom I have had the privilege to lead,” she said. “Never losing sight of the reality that leading is both a privilege and a responsibility – one that can never be taken lightly or for granted.”


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