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Debra Melani

Research    Patient Care

Technology, Teamwork and Trials Add Up to Top Care

Just over three years ago, a doctor told Karen Possehl the tumors he discovered in her pancreas and liver would kill her within months. No treatment, no surgery, would change that fact, he said.

Author Debra Melani | Publish Date February 07, 2020
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Innovation    Patient Care

CU Nursing-Led Pilot Project Boosting Mental Healthcare in Local Clinics

Patients with substance-use or other mental health disorders at CU Nursing’s Sheridan Health Services clinics are bucking a national trend: They’re getting professional help.

Author Debra Melani | Publish Date January 14, 2020
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Patient Care    Education

Nurses Bring ‘Sunshine’ to Dying Man's Journey

On April 22, David “Scott” Ferguson died after battling melanoma. Ferguson was 49 and loved life. For him, that revolved largely around skiing, hiking, his gym clients, his dogs, his wife, his son and Jerry Garcia. Ferguson grew so touched by his nursing care before he died that he left behind the Scott Ferguson Memorial Fund. More than $60,000 has been raised so far to support scholarships for University of Colorado College of Nursing students. Ferguson’s goal: to help ensure compassionate care for future patients. The first scholarship will be awarded this spring.

Author Debra Melani | Publish Date December 05, 2019
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Patient Care    Education

‘It’s OK to Cry’: Viral Nurse Photo Highlights a Sometimes Forgotten Toll

For Kim Paxton, it was the young father shot in the back of the head after opening the store safe for two masked men. The robbers left with $100.

Author Debra Melani | Publish Date November 26, 2019
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Campus Life

Amy Barton leaves administrative post – and legacy – behind

During her 22 years as associate dean of Clinical and Community Affairs, Professor Amy Barton spearheaded the creation of the University of Colorado College of Nursing’s clinical enterprise. The string of health centers target everyone from CU Anschutz Medical Campus students to the Denver area’s most at-risk populations.

Author Debra Melani | Publish Date August 29, 2019
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Patient Care

Helicopter crash victim reflects on life-saving medical care

Amanda Repsher vividly recalls watching flight nurses load her husband on board a helicopter. Less than two hours earlier, his own crew’s helicopter had crashed during a failed takeoff, erupting into a ball of flames and scorching nearly all of Dave Repsher’s body.

Author Debra Melani | Publish Date July 09, 2019
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Campus Life

Room with a view

Tucked down a quiet hallway on the fourth floor of Education 2 North, a room nearly overflows with vintage artifacts. Starched, floor-length uniforms that look more like gowns highlight the assortment of nursing relics, from 19th-century class pins and yearbooks to antiquated textbooks and medical instruments.

Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 18, 2018
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Lack of diversity in medical studies can cost lives

Two welcome guests Lina Cheuy, chair of PDRD and chief communications officer for the Postdoc Association, and Jennifer Major, member of this year’s PDRD planning committee and next year’s PDRD chair, welcome guests with a smile.

Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 11, 2018
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Liver clinic targets silent epidemic with team approach

After watching the cafeteria lady’s husband die under his team’s care, Thomas Jensen, MD, began focusing on preventing the scenario from happening again. The patient, who had been unknowingly suffering from liver disease, had lost all function of the organ, leaving Jensen and his colleagues nearly helpless.

Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 06, 2018
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Lifestyle makeover: Wellness Center study fuels transformation

With the words “morbidly obese” ringing in her ears and the thrill of crossing a 5K finish line fresh in her mind, Emily Cooley’s eyes stopped short on a Facebook post. The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center (AHWC) needed recruits for a weight-loss study. Having just been counseled by her doctor about the gravity of her weight, Cooley took it as a sign.

Author Debra Melani | Publish Date August 31, 2018
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