First Advisor

Lora Claywell


Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions

Degree Name

Doctor of Nursing Practice



Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

Number of Pages

54 pages


Education of Code Lavender for Nurses working in the Intensive Care Unit at Parker Adventist Hospital, Parker Colorado


Now more than ever healthcare leaders need to lead with a healing touch and help provide support for development of culture of caring. Nurses provide invaluable emotional support, as they understand the complexities and implications of an illness and its impact on not only a diagnosis or treatment plan, but on the whole person.

Nurses’ knowledge of illness combined with exceptional people skills provide comfort and stability during times often filled with pain and uncertainty for patients and their families.

In the most recent months with the global pandemic of COVID-19 nursing has been tested beyond comprehension. The purpose of this quality improvement initiative is to educate nurses working in the ICU at Parker Adventist Hospital on use of Code Lavender.


The goal is to provide education on Code Lavender as a coordinated, immediate response from a multi-disciplinary team to provide administrative, emotional, and spiritual support to ICU nurses in need of additional support in order to increase engagement and decrease nursing turnover. By addressing the real-time needs of nurses, the desired outcome is that nurses are more satisfied, engage, and likely to remain in their position.


  • Increase nurse satisfaction
  • Decrease RN Turnover in ICU
  • Decrease time to fill for open ICU, RN positions

Date of Award

Spring 2021

Location (Creation)

Denver, Colorado