Sean Reed


Assistant Professor
  • College of Nursing


Primary Phone:303-724-8508

Mailing Address:
  • CU Anschutz

Education II North

13120 East 19th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

Dr. Reed is a Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS) with two decades of expertise in Adult Health, Hospice, and Palliative Care in acute, post-acute, ambulatory, and academic settings. He has served in national leadership roles, including as President of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists Board of Directors, where he spearheaded impactful initiatives. In addition to being a CNS, Dr. Reed is an Advanced Holistic Nurse, a Global Academy of Holistic Nursing Scholar, and a faculty member in the CU Nursing Caring Science program.

Dr. Reed's extensive background in business, leadership, and healthcare systems is characterized by quality-improvement and program-evaluation projects that focus on quality, safety, and service. His scholarship centers on holistic nursing and unitary caring science, along with high-value care delivery in palliative care and nurse-led enterprises. Dr. Reed’s multi-method research approach leverages qualitative, quantitative, and deterministic techniques, as well as knowledge synthesis; he is in high demand as a visiting scholar. Dr. Reed is currently a Co-Investigator on a Delphi study identifying military competencies required for combat palliative and end-of-life care. Moreover, Dr. Reed is an accomplished instructor in the PhD and DNP programs, and his coaching/mentoring has led to numerous co-authored student-led publications and presentations.

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • Post-Doctorate (T32) Palliative Care, University of Colorado 2017
  • PhD in Nursing, University of Colorado 2011
  • Post-Master’s Palliative Care, University of Colorado 2006
  • Master in Nursing, Clinical Nurse Specialist, University of Colorado 2005
  • Bachelor in Nursing, University of Colorado 2004


  • Scholar, Global Academy of Holistic Nursing, 2022
  • Nightingale Luminary Award, Denver Metro Regional Nightingale Association, 2022
  • President’s Award, National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialist, 2022
  • Fellow Clinical Nurse Specialist Institute 2021
  • Pathfinder Award: University of Colorado College of Nursing Alumni Award, 2016
  • Champion in Healthcare Award (finalist): Denver Business Journal 2009, 2010
  • Inductee Sigma Theta Tau International 2005
  • Diversity Leadership in Nursing, University of Colorado School of Nursing 2003

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