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Military Veteran’s Community Resource Guide Compiled to Help Improve the Health of This Unique Population

AURORA, Colo. (Sept. 17, 2020) – Knowing where to turn for help is challenging for anyone. For military veterans it can be even more difficult than for the general public. A new resource guide compiled with the help of the Veteran and Military Healthcare Area of Excellence at the University of Colorado College of Nursing will help.

Press Releases    Community    Faculty

Military Veteran’s Community Resource Guide Compiled to Help Improve the Health of This Unique Population

AURORA, Colo. (Sept. 17, 2020) – Knowing where to turn for help is challenging for anyone. For military veterans it can be even more difficult than for the general public. A new resource guide compiled with the help of the Veteran and Military Healthcare Area of Excellence at the University of Colorado College of Nursing will help.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date September 17, 2020
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Alumni

Remembering Alumna Katie Lou Holcombe Griffith, Class of 1960

Katie was born in Chelsea, Alabama July 8, 1933, and graduated from Vincent High School Class of 1953. She was loved throughout life for her goodwill and kindness toward others and was always willing to help friends and neighbors alike. To her three brothers and two sisters, Katie was the sister that went out from the family farm and made things happen.


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date September 15, 2020
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Press Releases    Faculty

Study Suggests Emergency Departments Require Tailoring Clinical Decision Support Systems to Reduce Antibiotic Over Prescribing

AURORA, Colo. (Sept. 9, 2020) – Researchers at the University of Colorado College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus found that a unique set of factors of the emergency department (ED) makes standard Clinical Decision Support (CDS) systems not as effective in helping to reduce antibiotic overprescribing in that environment.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date September 09, 2020
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Community    Clinics

CU College of Nursing to Offer Drive-Up Flu Shots

AURORA, Colo. (Sept. 2, 2020) – The University of Colorado College of Nursing and its nurse practitioner-led clinic at Belleview Point will be offering drive-up flu clinics Sept. 23 and Oct. 7.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date September 04, 2020
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Community    Faculty

Colorado has an abortion ban on the ballot

This is an Op-Ed about Proposition 115. Kate Coleman-Minahan, an assistant professor and adolescent family planning nurse practitioner at the University of Colorado College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus, breaks down some of the reasons it could be harmful. The views expressed here are her own and not those of the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Colorado Newsline | Publish Date August 28, 2020
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Students

CU Nursing Master’s Student Uses Front Line Experience with Coronavirus as Basis for Capstone Project

“In May and June I felt my whole world tumbling,” said CU Nursing master’s student and nurse manager Stephanie Lee. An iLEAD (Innovation in Leadership and Administration in Nursing Health Care Systems) master’s student, Lee was entering her final course in the specialized track, when coronavirus hit. She didn’t know if she would be able to finish the program or not. Clinicals were up in the air, and graduation did not look promising. The hospital where she worked as Clinical Nurse Manager, based in Brooklyn, was ground zero for COVID-19, and like many hospitals was overwhelmed by patients and struggling. All “extra” initiatives, including affiliation agreements with universities, were on hold. “That affected my ability to complete my capstone project and graduate,” said Lee.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date August 18, 2020
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Faculty    Alumni    Students

Alumna Recognized by National Association of Hispanic Nurses with Latino Legacy Award

CU Nursing alumna Ruby Martinez, PhD, RN, was recently awarded the 2020 Latino Legacy Award from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN). Each year at the national conference, NAHN recognizes one member who has contributed to the nursing profession with commitment to advancing the health in Hispanic communities and to lead, promote and advocate the educational, professional, and leadership opportunities for Hispanic nurses. Like many national conferences, this year’s NAHN conference was held virtually in July due to coronavirus.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date August 13, 2020
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Students

Business Woman. Entrepreneur. Mother. Active Volunteer. Soon-to-be Nurse.

Volunteering is in Carrie Brouillette’s nature. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the nursing student has marshaled her neighbors to donate fabric and created a mini assembly line to make cloth masks. “My mother is an incredible seamstress. So I measured and cut, and she sewed,” said Brouillette. The two churned out about 600 cloth masks in their makeshift in-home manufacturing facility! And that’s not all. Brouillette also volunteered at a homeless shelter with the intent of learning how to be a better nurse.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date August 10, 2020
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Alumni

Alumna Builds International Online Community to Combat Burnout and Support Nurses

After graduating from CU Nursing with a BS in 2012, Cat Golden worked at Children’s Hospital Colorado and then Children’s Hospital of Michigan. “I was on the peds path and worked nights,” said Golden.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date July 30, 2020
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Press Releases    Faculty

CU College of Nursing Dean Provencio-Vasquez Appointed to NIH National Advisory Council on Nursing Research

AURORA, Colo. (July 29, 2020) – The University of Colorado College of Nursing Dean Elias Provencio-Vasquez was recently appointed to a four-year term to the National Advisory Council on Nursing Research, a federal advisory council to the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Provencio-Vasquez is one of 15 members on the Council to advise, assist, and consult with the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The Council is comprised of leading representatives from health and scientific communities including professional nurses who are recognized as experts in the area of clinical practice, education and research, as well as experts in public health, behavioral health, public policy, law, health policy, and economics.


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Research    COVID-19    Faculty

Grand Rounds – COVID-19 Hot Topics

CU Nursing’s July Grand Rounds presentation was a joint effort between Drs. Figaro Loresto and Scott Harpin and highlighted different ways the two harnessed their backgrounds and skills to make a difference during the COVID-19 pandemic. In March, Loresto and Harpin asked themselves what they could do to help in the pandemic – one from a research perspective and the other from a “bedside” and public health perspective. Their unique skill sets have helped and continue to help fight the epidemic in myriad ways.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date July 20, 2020
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Students

The “Right Stuff”

In 2015, Josh Simpson’s world stopped. Soon after the birth of his youngest daughter, his 33-year-old wife received an earth-shattering diagnosis -- breast cancer. Originally misdiagnosed as clogged milk ducts, the diagnosis came after she switched doctors, and a subsequent biopsy. “I can’t tell you how many times people have said that you don’t typically get breast cancer while breastfeeding. One thing I discovered is that there is no normal with breast cancer,” said Simpson.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date July 16, 2020
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COVID-19    Alumni

CU College of Nursing alum earns grant to explore COVID-19’s impact on nurses at Children’s Colorado

AURORA, Colo. June 18, 2020) Children's Hospital - In the past few months, the COVID-19 pandemic sent shockwaves throughout the nation's healthcare facilities. Like many other hospital systems, Children's Hospital Colorado was left grappling with a once-in-a-lifetime crisis. Because COVID-19 initially impacted adult populations and organizations caring for adults, pediatric hospitals have been left out of the broader conversation. Lindsey Tarasenko, PhD, RN, Magnet Program Director & Nurse Scientist, wants to change that.


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Faculty

Dr. Kerry Peterson Appointed as CU Nursing’s Psychiatric Mental Health Endowed Professor

Kerry Peterson (PhD, DNP, MSN, BSN) was appointed to CU Nursing’s Psychiatric Mental Health Endowed Professorship. Previously held by Dr. Mary Weber, the appointment was reviewed by a group of faculty who made the recommendation and approved by Dean Provencio-Vasquez.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date July 02, 2020
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Community    Faculty    Students

White Coats for Black Lives – A Movement, Not a Moment

Since George Floyd’s killing at the hands of police on May 25, and the senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and others, the country has been struggling with how to support the Black community while demanding change. One thing is clear – something seems different than all the other protests and events that have preceded it. The protests are larger, more vocal, more frequent, diverse, and persistent.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date June 25, 2020
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Innovation    Campus Life    Faculty

System to Improve Student Experience, Progression and Tracking Allowed for Rapid Response During Pandemic

Many academic institutions – especially those in the healthcare field – were caught off guard during the coronavirus pandemic. The challenge for the University of Colorado College of Nursing wasn’t just a matter of social distancing and moving classes to remote learning. It was ensuring our students also obtained the clinical hours required by the State Board of Nursing to graduate.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date June 22, 2020
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Alumni

3 Questions with Kelly Fisher, RN, BSN, MSN, WHNP

We ask 3 Questions with CU College of Nursing MSN Alumna, December 2018 Kelly Fisher, RN, BSN, MSN, WHNP.


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date June 18, 2020
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Students

Grandmother’s prediction puts student on nursing path

As Liz Phelps opened her book bundle from CU College of Nursing, she began to cry. An unexpected gift from the College and the Alumni Association was included with her books – a stethoscope. “When I opened the stethoscope and saw the note I, to be honest, immediately started to cry. The fact that nurses who once stood in my shoes would be willing to lend a hand to their future colleagues made me proud of this profession that I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to enter into,” said Phelps.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date June 17, 2020
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Students

Nursing students address common issues in critical care practice and provide solutions in published articles 

Two students in the University of Colorado College of Nursing Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist master’s program, Cailly Haning and Cassie Lang, recently published articles about their experiences addressing commonly encountered problems in critical care settings –  from oral hygiene with stroke patients to controlling postoperative pain. Haning, MSN, RN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN, and a critical care nurse at Swedish Hospital analyzed hospital-acquired infections due to poor oral hygiene after a stroke. Lang, MSN, CNS, ACCNS-AG, CCRN, a critical care clinical nurse specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center looked at harnessing a variety of pain management therapies after surgery (acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, cold and music therapy) to reduce overall opioid consumption.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date June 11, 2020
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Research    Press Releases    Faculty

Largest Study of its Kind of Women in Labor Finds Nitrous Oxide Safe

AURORA, Colo. (May 29, 2020) – Researchers at the University of Colorado College of Nursing and the School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology at the Anschutz Medical Campus found that the use of nitrous oxide (N2O) as a pain relief option for individuals in labor is safe for newborn children and laboring individual, and converting to a different form of pain relief such as an epidural or opioid is influenced by a woman’s prior birth history and other factors.


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Campus Life    Students

Class of 2020 – Coronavirus Impacts Spring Commencement

The impact of coronavirus on our students has been far reaching. Clinics and inpatient facilities where our students typically complete their clinical hours shifted their focus to caring for coronavirus patients and suspended training.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 28, 2020
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Alumni

Alumni Spotlight: Pat Hess

Searching for stability, Pat Hess found the nursing profession at a time when “women didn’t have much choice”. For Hess and many other women in the 1950s and 1960s, nursing offered a rare opportunity: choice. “Nursing opened up a lot of avenues – there are so many ways to be a nurse.” During Hess’s career, she was able to practice, teach, research, and innovate new programs.
Hess (left) during her time teaching in Japan


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date May 26, 2020
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Students

Congratulations 2020 CU Nursing Graduates!

Twenty-twenty will be remembered for many years to come as a unique time. We know it’s been challenging, but you have much to be proud of, and CU College of Nursing wants to celebrate with you. 


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Students

Out of Africa

Seventeen years ago, Eaba Dechasa arrived in America from Ethiopia with his family. His father was a geologist. His mother a teacher. The Dechasas came to America through the Diversity Immigrant Visa program (also known as the visa lottery), which provides up to 50,000 immigrant visas each year. Drawn from random selection among all entries, the visas are awarded to individuals who are from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Distributed among six geographic regions, no single country can receive more than 7% of the available DVs in any one year.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 18, 2020
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Students

A Legacy of Caring

Born into a service-oriented family with strong roots in pediatric cardiology, China Opland knew from a young age that her path would focus on giving. Her maternal grandmother Francine Leca, the first female cardiac surgeon in France, founded Mécénat Chirurgerie Cardiaque in 1996 –  an organization well known throughout the world for providing free heart surgery to children in need.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 15, 2020
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Students

Student Persevered in Spite of Cancer Diagnosis

Sara Schwartz had a bumpy start to her nursing degree. Notified 14 days prior to the start of orientation that she was accepted into CU Nursing, she drove to Colorado from California. “I was homeless for a week and planned to live in my car,” she said. Fortunately, she met a girl during orientation whose family allowed her to live in their basement. 


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 13, 2020
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Students

Adoption Leads to Compassion and a Calling

All he wanted was a plastic toy car. At 4 years old, that was what Josh Harrington wanted and he was going to get it.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 13, 2020
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Students

Second or third career, but who’s counting?

For 15 years, Bill Martchenke was a high school and middle school teacher. A devoted teacher, he regularly worked 12-14 hour days. When his wife became pregnant with their first son, he couldn’t justify it any longer and got a job working for Kaiser Permanente in their electronic medical record (EMR) department training nurses on the system. After supporting the hospital for five months, “I recognized nurses had the greatest job in the world and why wasn’t I doing this?”


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 12, 2020
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Students

Helicopter Pilot Comes Full Circle to Become a Nurse

Eleven years ago, Erika Vaske was on a two-year waitlist to get into a nursing program. “A lot of my inspiration came from my mom, who has been a nurse’s aid for over 35 years,” she said. For Vaske, the wait was “interminable.” So she chose another path -- changed majors and earned a bachelor’s degree in social work.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 12, 2020
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Students

Proud Papa

Originally trained as a physical therapist in her homeland of Germany, Sabs Sheppard chose nursing after moving to the U.S. 12 years ago. After working with nurses for years, she realized that the profession more closely aligned with her goals and ambitions to work in critical care. 


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 12, 2020
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Students

Bias Lives Anywhere

Pam:  So, uh, Greg. How’s your job?
Greg:  Um, good, Pam. Thanks for asking. I recently got transferred to triage.
Dina: Oh, is that better than a nurse?
Pam: No, Mom, triage is a unit of the E.R. It’s where all the top nurses work.
Greg:  Well—
Pam:  No, they do.
Jack: Not many men in your profession, though, are there, Greg?
Greg:  No, Jack, not traditionally.
Jack:  Mm-hmm.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 12, 2020
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Students

A Dreamer before Dreamers

Arriving in the U.S. at age 4 from Colombia, South America, Kay Maldonado knew when she graduated from high school that challenges would lie ahead.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 12, 2020
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Students

Mental Health Struggles Lead to a PhD in Caring Science

Struggling with depression as a teenager, Rachel Johnson came to a pivotal moment in her young life.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 11, 2020
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Alumni

Second Film Festival Installment Highlights Nurse Practitioners

The second installment of CU Nursing’s Virtual Film Festival showcased a giant in nursing – Loretta Ford, (EdD ’61, MS ’51, BSN ’49) – with the documentary titled Loretta Ford: A Disruptive Innovator. Soon to be 100 years old, Dr. Ford proves that age is just a number. 


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date April 23, 2020
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Research    COVID-19    Faculty

Study Finds Provider Capacity to Expand Abortion – Implications for Access During COVID-19

AURORA, Colo. (April 22, 2020) – Researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have found that interest in abortion care among advance practice clinicians (APCs) in Colorado is substantial, though barriers must be addressed in order to increase access with APCs (nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, physician’s assistants).


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Community    COVID-19    Students

Serendipity

When Captain Taylor Allen, BSN, RN, arrived in Denver in March for an internship with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) before entering CU Nursing’s Master’s program, she never thought her army experience would be in demand. Boy was she wrong.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date April 20, 2020
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Community    COVID-19    Faculty    Clinics

CU College of Nursing News Round Up

Our College of Nursing Faculty has been helping local news departments with information regarding the Covid-19 virus. From graduation requirements to cloth masks to federal funding of our nurse-led clinics -- here’s a wrap up of recent news coverage.


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Students

Great News for our CU Nursing Students and Alums

With the help of University of Colorado leadership, CU Nursing faculty, lobbyists, and State Representatives and Senators, Governor Jared Polis signed Executive Order D 2020 038 on April 15, 2020 to temporarily suspend State Board of Nursing statutes in order to expand the health care workforce. The Order temporarily suspends some State Board of Nursing rules for nursing programs. This allows our students to complete their programs in a timely fashion to help fight the Covid-19 outbreak, and also addresses the current nursing workforce needs in the state of Colorado.


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Students

Thoughts on Nepal

Combining my passion for nursing with the unreal setting of Nepal -- a place that I have wanted to visit for so many years -- was a dream come true!


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date April 16, 2020
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Press Releases    COVID-19    Clinics

Sheridan Health Services Receives More than $500,000 to Help in Coronavirus Relief Efforts

AURORA Colo. (April 9, 2020) – Sheridan Health Services, a University of Colorado College of Nursing nurse-led clinic in the Denver metro area, recently received $584,045 from the federal government as part of its Health Center Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act Funds, administered by the Health Resources & Service Administration (HRSA).

Please see full press release:
Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date April 15, 2020
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Alumni

CU Nursing Hosts First-Ever Virtual Film Festival

The nationwide novel Coronavirus pandemic was the impetus for CU Nursing’s Virtual Film Festival and “Fireside chat”. Consisting of four documentaries/videos over five weeks, the Festival was the brainchild of alumna and former faculty member Sue Hagedorn (PhD ‘95).


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date April 14, 2020
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Community    COVID-19    Students

Nurse’s Action Gets Results

When CU Nursing PhD student Brittni Goodwin, MSN, RN, realized there weren’t enough N95 masks for her colleagues at area hospitals, she went to work to get the needed supplies. Like many health care professionals, Goodwin felt the need to help co-workers who were being stretched so intensely during the Covid-19 outbreak. “It’s a bit like survivor’s guilt. I felt I wasn’t doing enough,” said Goodwin.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date April 13, 2020
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COVID-19    Alumni

Running Toward Danger

For Oriana Cruz, CU Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner alumna (FNP ’18), she is one of those rare breeds who run toward danger. And run she did --- all the way to ground zero in New York City. “When I heard about the need in New York, I signed up with Krucial Staffing, a traveling nurse company based out of Kansas,” said Cruz. She was deployed almost immediately to Elmhurst Hospital.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date April 10, 2020
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Campus Life    Students

Celebrating You - Class of 2020

4/10/20 - CU Anschutz Student Parking Refund


Dear CU Anschutz Students,

As the Chancellor’s communication outlined yesterday, the Parking Department will be refunding all students on the Anschutz Medical Campus for any parking permit fees that were paid in advance from March 16, 2020 forward. This process will begin immediately, but will take time to complete as we must review each student account individually to determine the refund amount that is due. All refunds will be mailed to students in the form of a check to the current address on file. In order to ensure the most timely and accurate return of funds, we ask you to review your parking account online and provide the most current mailing address. We know that this pandemic has caused a great deal of change in your world and we are committed to returning funds as quickly as we can.  Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. It is our goal to have all refunds issued by the end of April. If you have an questions regarding this communique and your specific situation, please contact the parking office at (303)724-2555 or by email to CUParking@cuanschutz.edu.


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Alumni

Alumni Spotlight: Shannon Vogel Perry

Shannon Vogel Perry has dedicated her life to serving, whether through scholarship, in the classroom, or abroad. She graduated with her master's from the University of Colorado College of Nursing in 1971.


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date April 09, 2020
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Community    COVID-19

Number of People Entering Local Addiction Recovery Program Doubles Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

An addiction recovery pilot program sees an increase of patients during Covid-19 outbreak. The Mountain Medical Road to Recovery clinic is funded through Senate Bill 19-001, which is a pilot program to deliver medication-assisted treatment to victims of the opioid epidemic. In the program, CU Nursing faculty train local nurse practitioners and physician assistants to deliver treatment at three clinical sites in Pueblo and Routt counties. The treatment is an effective approach to treating opioid addiction, combining medication with long-term behavioral therapy.


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Faculty    Alumni    Students

Join CU Nursing and Seedworks Films for a Virtual Film Fest

Please join us for a virtual film festival, presented by CU Nursing and Seedworks Films.

Similar to a book club, participants are encouraged to watch one of the following documentaries and then join us via Zoom Sundays at 3 p.m. (MST) for a lively chat hosted by Sue Hagedorn, PhD, RN, FAANP, FAAN. These "fireside" chats will include special guests Drs. Loretta Ford, Ginny Pepper, Jean Watson, Ms. Karen Zink and Dixie Melton, and Daniel Weinschenker. You're not going to want to miss it!


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date April 03, 2020
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Students

The New Normal for our CU Students

We asked our current student workers at CU Nursing how they are handling the new normal. See how a few of our students are making their new normal work for them.


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Alumni

Palliative Care Certificate Helps Alum Land Dream Job

“I’ve been in nursing for 37 years and this was by far the best thing I’ve ever done,” said Debbie Roditski, NP, about earning her Palliative Care Certificate from CU Nursing in 2017. 


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date March 25, 2020
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Education    Students

CU Nursing ranked #8 for Nurse Midwifery program and top 10% for Master’s in Nursing

Aurora, Colo. (March 19, 2020) -- The University of Colorado College of Nursing has received a #8 placement for its Nurse-Midwifery program, and a top 10% ranking for its Master’s in Nursing program, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Master’s program was ranked against 578 programs, while the Nurse-Midwifery program was compared 36 programs throughout the country. In addition, the Doctor of Nurse Practitioner program ranked #48 out of 319 programs, placing it in the top 15% of DNP programs. The 2021 rankings were released on March 18.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date March 19, 2020
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Alumni

Alumni Spotlight: Nancy Niles Frost

Nancy Niles Frost’s career has been driven by her nursing inspiration and her passion for providing exemplary care.

Frost’s journey with the nursing profession started long before she stepped into the classroom. From a young age, she was inspired by her aunt, Mary Margaret Miller, who practiced nursing in many different settings. Remembering her aunt, Frost recounts the various stories she heard growing up. Mary Margaret served as a nurse in World War II, provided care on a Native American Reservation, and was an OR nurse – all while traveling with her husband who was a Marine. Later she became the nursing director at St. Anthony Hospital. Frost notes that three of her first cousins including Mary Margaret’s own daughter, Marilyn Miller (BSN, Class of 67) became nurses, following in the family footsteps.


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date March 16, 2020
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Alumni

What we can learn from the past to deal with coronavirus

From typhoid to smallpox to the Spanish Flu, we’ve had no shortage of epidemics in the US in the last 100 years and no shortage of nurses to help care for the ill. Now, it’s the coronavirus. Precautions were simple 100 years ago – isolation, bloodletting, inhaling steam and ice baths. But not very effective. In some ways, we’ve come a lot farther and in others, we are resorting to the same tried and true methods of containment. Digging deep into the CU Nursing archives at the Anschutz Medical Campus uncovered a real-life account of a nurse who helped battle the Spanish Flu of 1918 and survived one of the most devastating pandemics in history.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date March 11, 2020
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Faculty

Faculty Member Credits Post-Graduate Certificate with Where She is Today

“As an oncology nurse who grew up to be a palliative care nurse provider,” Heather Coats had her feet firmly planted in two worlds – oncology and hospice. Flitting back and forth between the two for years, “Nothing truly fit until I discovered palliative care,” said CU Nursing’s Assistant Professor Coats, PhD, MS, APRN-BC.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date March 06, 2020
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Alumni

RN to BSN program opens doors to fulfill career goal

Kristen Wessel (BSN, ’19) was 4 years old when her grandmother was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s. She couldn’t spell the word, let alone understand the gravity of the disease.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date March 03, 2020
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Research    Press Releases    Faculty

Research shows teens seeking judicial bypass for abortion demonstrate thoughtful decision making

AUSTIN, Texas—(January 16, 2020) New research shows that pregnant teens who seek a judicial bypass for parental consent for abortion demonstrate reason and thoughtful decision-making and involve others, all while managing abortion stigma. This study, based on in-depth interviews of 20 teens who had sought judicial bypass in Texas between 2015 and 2016, was recently published in Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health. The lead authors, from the University of Colorado, conducted the research as part of Texas Policy Evaluation Project (TxPEP).


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Alumni

Alumni Spotlight: 3 Questions with Jillian Williams

Jillian Williams graduated from the UCAN Accelerated BSN Program in 2015 from the University of Colorado College of Nursing. Jillian is a pediatric relief charge nurse and outpatient infusion nurse at UCHealth Poudre Valley Hospital in Fort Collins, Colorado as well as a home care nurse for Tender Care Pediatric Services in Loveland, Colorado.


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date February 25, 2020
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Faculty

Nurse-Midwifery Program Gives Birth to Forty Years of Firsts

With one of the largest academic nurse-midwifery practices in the U.S., CU Nursing’s midwifery enterprise leads the nation in midwifery education, patient care, and research. From a 100% first-time AMCB licensing pass rate of our latest cohort of students to helping birth more than 1,500 babies annually, the program has many achievements to be proud of in its 40-plus year history. 


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date February 21, 2020
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Research    Press Releases    Faculty

Changes to Title X mean contraception access for teens could worsen nationwide according to faculty member Kate Coleman-Minahan

AURORA, Colo. (Februrary 19, 2020) – Many teens lost access to confidential family planning services in Texas due to family planning budget cuts and loss of Title X funds, says a new study led by the University of Colorado College of Nursing just published in the Journal of Adolescent Health. Lack of clarity around parental consent laws, confusion among staff, and funding uncertainty made it more difficult for organizations to provide confidential, low-cost, and quality services to teens. This research suggests that contraception access for teens throughout the nation could worsen as new changes to Title X are implemented.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date February 19, 2020
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Alumni

Never Give Up

“At 13, I dropped out of school to take care of my siblings because my mother was extremely ill and my father left us,” said Yolande Ngounou, BSN ’19. A native of Cameroon (a Central African country), Ngounou recalled her childhood. “It was my job to help my family. I loved school so much, but I had to give it up.”  


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date February 13, 2020
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Press Releases    Community    Clinics

CU Center for Midwifery Longmont Announces Partnership with Mothers’ Milk Bank

LONGMONT, Colo. (Feb. 10, 2020) – The University of Colorado College of Nursing’s Center for Midwifery – Longmont (CFM-Longmont) practice is partnering with Mother’s Milk Bank (MMB) as one of the milk bank’s newest human milk donation locations in the Denver metro area, and the first in the city of Longmont. To celebrate, CFM-Longmont will be hosting a kick-off reception at 10 a.m. on Feb. 14 at 2030 Mountain View Avenue, Suite 400, which is open to the public. “This new site allows families in the Longmont and surrounding communities to donate human milk at a convenient location,” said Jessica Anderson, director of midwifery services with CU Nursing.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date February 10, 2020
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Community    Faculty    Clinics

CU Nursing’s Center for Midwifery launches Longmont’s first human milk donation site

Note: A kickoff reception for the new donation site will be held at 10 a.m. on Feb. 14 at the Center for Midwifery Longmont, 2030 Mountain View Ave., Suite 400, Longmont. Press Release 2/10/2020 


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date February 10, 2020
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Students

CU Nursing educates tomorrow’s front-line providers en masse in Mental Health First Aid

Like most of her classmates, Emma Bielfeldt struggled to finish her thought as she answered her fellow student’s question. She faltered, tried again and finally gave up, laughing at her inability to speak coherently. It’s hard to think straight when someone is whispering orders in your ear.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date January 31, 2020
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Campus Life

Noted scholar calls for help in breaking circle of violence

When a child is dealt too many ACEs, it is not a winning hand. Not for the child. Not for society. Not for the healthcare system.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date January 28, 2020
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Research    Faculty

Study finds some Texas abortion-seeking teenagers facing judicial roadblocks

Many abortion-seeking minors braving judicial bypass of parental consent face concrete roadblocks: The judges say no. Read more about the findings of an 18-year study co-written by CU Nursing’s Kate Coleman-Minahan and just published in the American Journal of Public Health.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date January 16, 2020
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Campus Life    Students

Nursing student holds unusual side job: She’s a mermaid

She hails from Denver, not Atlantica. She swims in an encased pool, not an ocean. And although she maybe thinks he is, her dad is not a king.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date January 15, 2020
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Campus Life    Students

From morgue to nursing, student finds true calling

Growing up in a rough Denver neighborhood, Crystal Santos chose forensics as her future profession early on. She wanted to help people find closure after losing loved ones, especially to violence.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date January 15, 2020
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Faculty

Dr. Heather Coats Appointed Director of Research for HPNA

The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association announce the appointment of Dr. Heather Coats as Director of Research for HPNA through a collaboration with the University of Colorado.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date January 09, 2020
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Alumni

The events that shape us | Alumni Spotlight: Jan (Pickett) Sanko, BSN Class of 1986

From the Challenger explosion that shook the nation to an earthquake that rocked Denver, some of Jan Sanko’s (BSN, ‘86) most memorable moments during her time with CU Nursing are tied to notable events.


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date January 06, 2020
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Students

Colorado Daredevil Graduates

“I grew up racing mountain bikes and cross country Nordic skiing in Eagle,” said Clare Baker. The two sports took their toll on Baker’s body. 


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date January 02, 2020
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Faculty

As CU Nursing’s Paula Meek retires, students recall powerful influence

Ask students what made University of Colorado College of Nursing Professor Paula Meek, PhD, stand out, and the memories flow with striking intensity:


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date December 31, 2019
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Community    Faculty    Clinics

CU Nursing-led pilot project boosting mental health care 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.

While mental health issues strike one out of five U.S. adults each year, only half of those who seek treatment ever follow through on psychiatric referrals.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date December 16, 2019
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Students

Graduate leaves mental health legacy

When College of Nursing student Elizabeth DePalma, (MSN, ’18), graduates with her DNP and takes off into the wild, blue yonder, she will leave behind a potentially life-saving legacy.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date December 13, 2019
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Students

Nursing fits graduate’s caring nature

On Dec. 14, when Gurpreet Cheema accepts his nursing diploma on the stage in the Colorado Convention Center, it will be his second major life-changing ceremony this year.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date December 13, 2019
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Campus Life    Students

“The details of my life are quite inconsequential…very well, where do I begin?”

Teacher. Waiter. Insurance Agent. Yoga Instructor. Massage Therapist. CNA. And, soon-to-be nurse. If it seems as if Alex Wilson has led an interesting life, you’d be right.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date December 12, 2019
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Students

Turning Point

“Nursing kept calling me and I finally answered,” said Christopher Heftka. After 13 years as a professional ski patroller and a stint as a firefighter, Heftka made the tough decision to switch to a nursing career.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date December 11, 2019
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Students

CU Nursing takes maternal health researcher to the clinical side

She cannot quite put her finger on why, but Claire Donovan always knew she wanted to help the underserved.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date December 11, 2019
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Students

CU Nursing students transform health — even before they graduate

Air Force scholarship recipient leaves mental health program behind


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date December 06, 2019
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Campus Life    Students

Luncheon honors CU Nursing scholars, profession

After 27 years with the University of Colorado working on all four campuses, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff Leonard Dinegar told a group gathered for the College of Nursing Scholarship Luncheon on Nov. 22 that CU Nursing held a special place in his heart.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date December 02, 2019
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Community    Alumni

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 November 26, 2019
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Alumni

Alumni Spotlight with Rocco Miele:

For Rocco Miele, RN, nursing wasn’t always the career he held in his sights.

Initially, Miele worked as a construction consultant having attended the University of Colorado Boulder College of Engineering & Applied Science and University of Texas – San Antonio. His change in profession came under unfortunate circumstances.


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date November 25, 2019
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Community    Faculty

CU Anschutz grant will train students to prescribe drugs that fight opioid addiction

​Attacking the opioid epidemic tops the priority list for tomorrow’s medical professionals. Now, thanks to a $450,000 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) grant, our nurse practitioners can help make a difference as soon as they graduate. Read more, and see what our own Scott Harpin has to say about it.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date November 21, 2019
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Community    Faculty

‘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 21, 2019
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Alumni

Anastacia Marks: CU Nursing alumna goes from lab rat to DAISY Award winner

Recent DAISY Award winner Anastacia Marks, BSN, found her love of nursing while on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus working as a pathology researcher.


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date November 19, 2019
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Faculty

​Boeker distinguished researcher shares means to success, one step at a time

Bonnie Gance-Cleveland, PhD, prolific researcher, child health advocate and champion of the underserved, recently received the eighth biennial Elisabeth H. Boeker Award for Faculty Excellence in Research.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date November 18, 2019
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Alumni

Student testimonial: Military nursing program instills deeper appreciation of veterans, transforms care

Jennifer Franklin (BSN, ’07) knew a master’s degree would make her a better nurse. She just never thought it would happen so fast.

Only weeks into her College of Nursing Veteran and Military Health Care (VMHC) program, Franklin wrote a note thanking its creator, Professor Mona Pearl Treyball, PhD.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date November 11, 2019
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Faculty

New drug-therapy textbook has CU Nursing written all over it

With new chapters focused on today’s changing healthcare issues, a recently released fifth edition of “Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nurse Prescribers” boasts strong ties to CU Nursing.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date November 06, 2019
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Patient Care    Community    Faculty    Clinics

CBD and the elderly – what you need to know

Products containing cannabidiol (CBD) have infiltrated the market, including lotions, creams, smoothies, coffee and alcohol. CBD has been touted as a sleep aid, pain remedy and effective treatment for cancer-related side effects. What is CBD and how does it affect you? Is it really a miracle drug or is that just hype?


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date November 01, 2019
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Community    Clinics

CU Nursing-led school-based clinics change lives

Allowing a boy’s dream of playing Friday night football, keeping an asthmatic preschooler out of the ER, and guiding a young woman back on track to graduation are all in a day’s work for the Sheridan Health Services staff.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 30, 2019
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Students

Students find new skills, life lessons during Ecuador clinical trip

Exquisite chocolate, stunning views and comprehensive reproductive health services colored a clinical experience in the lush lands of Ecuador, according to students who took part in the Global Health Nursing program last May. Combined with the intensive work, the cultural immersion made for a life-changing experience, they said.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 28, 2019
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Faculty

Palliative care could get life-saving shot via payment remodel

Palliative care eases suffering in patients battling serious diseases, a population on the rise as Americans age and medical treatments advance. Yet despite the increased need, palliative care programs are dwindling — and it all circles back to money.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 22, 2019
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Campus Life    Faculty

CU Nursing dean: Let’s boldly transform health — together

In a robust call for change, College of Nursing Dean Elias Provencio-Vasquez rallied his team on Oct. 14 in his first State of the College address with the University of Colorado.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 15, 2019
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Community    Clinics

As nitrous oxide catches on in birthing rooms, CU Nursing blazes research trail

Much like a mother’s belly in the ninth month of pregnancy, the use of nitrous oxide has ballooned since the University of Colorado Hospital joined a small number of U.S. hospitals offering “laughing gas” to its laboring patients in 2014.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 10, 2019
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Alumni    Students

Nurse-Midwifery graduate wins Fulbright, studies traditional midwives of Ecuador

For the next 10 months, University of Colorado College of Nursing alumna Heather Mena (MSN, ’18) will roam the jungles and traverse the hills of Ecuador, learning the tricks of her trade from native women intent on saving their ancestral tradition.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 04, 2019
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Community    Faculty

HELLP syndrome in pregnancy – what to look for

Most pregnancies are 40 weeks of weight gain, mood swings, body changes, and fatigue. In rare cases, expectant mothers develop a potentially fatal complication of high blood pressure called HELLP syndrome. It happens in about 1 to 2 of 1,000 pregnancies. Often emerging during the later stages of pregnancy, the condition can also occur shortly after delivery.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date September 26, 2019
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Community    Alumni

Putting Children First - A never ending story

Child Advocacy through Clinical Nursing
When asked how she sees herself, Dr. Lynn Howe Gilbert, PhD, CPNP, RNC, FAAN, has said that, even before nurse or teacher, her identity is primarily as a child advocate. She maintains that an important formative experience was a trip to visit many African countries emerging from colonialism with several other students from across the U.S. between her junior and senior years of high school in 1959.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date September 17, 2019
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Research    Faculty    Students

Creepy creatures, dangerous stigmas & deadly oversights

“This is the hardest thing I’ve done in years.”

Those were the words of one of four judges who had the task of perusing, paring and picking just three winners from two dozen posters lining the Education 2 North-South Bridge on Sept. 5.

Bachelor’s, master’s, DNP and PhD students were all represented at the event, which kicked off the first-ever College of Nursing’s Research and Scholarship Symposium on Sept. 6 and highlighted the level of scholarship among its students. CU Data Science to Patient Value (D2V) co-sponsored the symposium.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 12, 2019
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Community    Faculty    Clinics

Vaccines older adults need

Did you skip your flu shot last year? You are not alone.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report that about 30% of people 65 and older chose not to get a flu shot last year. And that’s just the tip of the proverbial vaccination iceberg. Flu is not the only vaccination that older adults are neglecting. According to the CDC, 43% of those 65 and older are not current on tetanus shots, and two-thirds didn’t receive the recommended shingles vaccine.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date September 11, 2019
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Alumni

School nurse Marnie McKercher pursues her dream while expanding her role

Aurora Public Schools’ Lead School Nurse Consultant Marnie McKercher (aka Margaret McKercher) graduated in May 2018 with a Doctor of Nursing Practice and a master’s in Public Health from CU. As a nurse in one of the most diverse school districts in Colorado, McKercher wanted to enhance her role while forwarding the mission of improving student health.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date September 10, 2019
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Faculty

Summer internship teaches Pine Ridge students, broadens CU Nursing's reach

This summer, while two Lakota native high school women scoured research papers and roamed the lands of their Pine Ridge Reservation, two University of Colorado College of Nursing faculty members guided them from their offices on the Anschutz Medical Campus more than 350 miles away.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 09, 2019
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Research    Students

Welcomes, awards and tunes greet doctoral students

New and returning doctoral students were welcomed back Tuesday morning with a table of gold sunglasses, a buffet of steaming food and a playlist of eclectic songs, from Pharrell Williams to Kool & the Gang.

Hosted each year by the College of Nursing’s Office of Admissions and Student Affairs team, the breakfast kicks off a week of events focused on connecting new PhD students with returning students. This year, the Health Systems Leadership DNP students were also invited.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 04, 2019
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Faculty

Mass casualties to substance abuse

Two years ago this October, a mass murderer firing military-grade weapons showered a crowd of concertgoers in Las Vegas with bullets, striking hundreds of victims from 32 floors above. His act of terror created scenes of mayhem few people in this country have ever seen.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 03, 2019
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Students

Passing the torch: Mothers inspire daughters in nursing careers

Growing up with two heroes — a firefighter dad and a nurse mom — Lindsey Tarasenko knew early on that she wanted a job focused on giving back.

For Martha Grubaugh, there were some early signs, including being the go-to girl in the neighborhood when the area kids got hurt.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date August 26, 2019
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Alumni

Disease detective finds her niche

Erin Blau (’17 DNP/MPH)  was first exposed to the Epidemic Intelligence Service (EIS) program with the CDC while she was pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in Nursing degree at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota.

“I studied overseas and received a tremendous amount of rural nursing training. I fell in love with the role of the public health nurse, and that was it for me,” said Blau, who solidified her career choice by interacting with EIS officers during the dual degree DNP/MPH program at CU.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date August 26, 2019
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Press Releases    Community    Clinics

CU Center for Midwifery Longmont readies for move

AURORA, Colo. Aug. 22, 2019) – CU Center for Midwifery Longmont with Centura Health – Longmont United Hospital , a move aimed at ensuring that its families — who span Larimer, Weld and Boulder counties — continue receiving the patient -centered care they expect.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date August 22, 2019
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Community    Faculty    Clinics

After two decades, 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 Anschutz Medical Campus students to the Denver area’s most at-risk populations.

Barton also earned numerous prestigious appointments and awards, wrote a long list of scholarly articles and books and netted the university $8.5 million in grants during that time.

It appears she listened to her parents.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date August 20, 2019
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Research    Faculty

CU faculty on Big Data mission to highlight nursing value

After explaining how economics drive their now value-based work industry, Assistant Professor Peggy Jenkins, PhD, RN, stumped her audience.

“So how do we measure the value of nurses?” she asked a classroom of College of Nursing faculty and staff at the Aug. 12 Grand Rounds.

Silence.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date August 16, 2019
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Alumni    Students

Like Grandmother, Like Granddaughter

For Iris Heidenfelder, nursing is in her blood. Her maternal grandmother, Katherine Peterson (now known as Katherine Enloe-Miller), was a diploma nurse and graduated from the Mercy Hospital Program in the 1960s. Encouraged by a physician, Enloe-Miller applied twice to the University of Colorado School of Nursing’s Nurse Practitioner program and graduated in 1971.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date August 08, 2019
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Community    Faculty

Feeding his passion

With an armed police officer and grocery cart stuffed with backpacks and suitcases behind him, Scott Harpin snapped on his latex gloves and fished out his supplies from a six-pack cooler.

“Which side?” Harpin asked, as he de-capped a needle. His patient tapped his left arm in response and rolled up his sleeve.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date August 05, 2019
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Faculty

From UTIs to opioids

University of Colorado College of Nursing professors joined a 1,200-plus gathering of experts from across the country at the 2019 National Nurse Practitioner Symposium in Keystone this weekend, sharing their innovations and clinical knowledge in our Rocky Mountain backyard.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date July 25, 2019
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Faculty

A luminary walks among us: Nightingale award-winner noted for innovative military program

Mona Pearl Treyball, PhD, hoists a 20-plus-pound trophy up in the air for a guest to see. For the nursing professor, the bronze statue of a kneeling Florence Nightingale cradling a patient in her arms represents more than her recent win. It affirms her life’s work.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date July 18, 2019
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Faculty

Who’s looking after the kids?

Millions of parents entrust the care of their most treasured possessions to other people, often near-strangers, almost every day. These infants and children — 11 million under age 5, according to Child Care Aware of America — spend an average of 35 hours a week in care outside of the home.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date July 18, 2019
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Press Releases    Faculty

New book aimed at closing critical gap in doctor of nursing practice programs

Groundbreaking. A “must-read.” Written to change the way the DNP thinks. Those are descriptions of a new book created by CU Nursing faculty. Students, clinicians and instructors: Look for “Leadership and Systems Improvement for the DNP,” which releases on Aug. 1.​


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date July 15, 2019
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Community    Faculty

At four-year mark, helicopter crash victim and wife reflect 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.

As a wife, Amanda found the irony chilling. As a critical care nurse, she knew it could mean the difference between life and death.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date July 02, 2019
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Alumni

50 years later: Alumni reflect on valuable education, good times during History Center tour

What do you get when you put three alumni — all best friends in nursing school— together in the Nursing History Center? A trip down memory lane, of course.

In the 1960s, when Dorothy “Batton” Smith, Carol Campagna and Martha “Leahy” Staker were 20-something college students working toward MSN degrees, few nurses were continuing on to graduate school.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 25, 2019
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Education    Faculty

Mental health issues take center stage. CU Nursing program responds.

Issues challenging today’s nurse practitioners were unheard of when pioneer Loretta Ford co-founded the first-ever nurse practitioner program at the University of Colorado in 1965.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 24, 2019
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Faculty    Students

Top honors, school spirit, powerful research:

University of Colorado College of Nursing students displayed a slate of promising research at this year’s Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) Conference in San Diego in April, with topics ranging from halting the spread of HIV to easing the minds of kids with cancer.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 14, 2019
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Faculty

‘Masking the truth’ builds better nurses, says creative-learning expert

A surprise guest showed up to June’s CU Nursing Grand Rounds, following an announcement that the featured speaker — Assistant Professor JoAnn Crownover, DNP, — was running late.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 13, 2019
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Faculty

2019 Staff & Faculty Awards for CU College of Nursing

The University of Colorado College of Nursing honored 38 of its own faculty and staff for their years of service on May 20, including one professor who reached a major milestone: the half-century mark.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 10, 2019
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Campus Life    Students

With a beacon of light, CU Nursing ushers in next generation of caregivers

Vowing to serve with honor, CU Nursing’s newest group of 188 students was ceremonially launched down the path to becoming part of a “sacred practice” at the May 31 Nightingale Ceremony.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 06, 2019
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Students

Born to Lead

After graduating from CSU Pueblo’s accelerated nursing program in June 2013, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) student Terra Share worked as a psych mental health nurse. “The experience really set the stage for me to pursue a graduate degree,” said Share.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 21, 2019
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Students

From Guatemala to dark world of sex-trafficking, experiences ignite grad’s community nursing goal

After working with a medical team in the secluded villages of Guatemala, Rebecca Harmon finally listened to her mother. Seeing the sick, poverty-stricken people in such dire need of health care, she made the decision to follow in her mom’s footsteps and become a nurse.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 21, 2019
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Students

Get to Know Marvin Mendez

Honors student, rollerblader, snowboarder, and soon-to-be nurse, Marvin Mendez recently presented research at the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) Conference.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 20, 2019
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Students

Get to Know Martha Grubaugh, PhD

According to Grubaugh, obtaining her PhD was a lesson in endurance. “Life happens and you need to go with the flow.” And “go with the flow” is what Grubaugh did during the nearly five years it took to earn her PhD. 


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 20, 2019
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Alumni

Inspired to Better the System

Sarah Williams chose the nursing profession for two reasons. From a young age, she felt the pull toward helping women during childbirth. Then, three years ago, her mother passed away from complications with diabetes. Unfortunately, the care that her mother received did not meet the family’s expectations. Inspired to better the system and fulfill her long-time goals, Williams landed on nursing as her career.


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date May 19, 2019
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Students

Wanderlust: “Not all who wander are lost” – J.R. Tolkien

Ian Overton decided to become a nurse after a decade of adventuring and one escapade that brought him close to losing his foot.

An expert mountaineer, explorer, rock and ice climber, Overton said, “Through climbing, everything makes sense in the world. The chaotic environment slows down.”


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 19, 2019
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Students

'It's like an allegory for my life' - Chantal Dengah

No one can predict who will make a great nurse, but when it comes to Chantal Dengah, the cards are in her favor.

As with any medical professional, skill and accuracy are required for nursing success, two characteristics engrained in Dengah, set to graduate from the University of Colorado College of Nursing during the May 24 Spring Commencement.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 19, 2019
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Alumni

Personal Experience Motivates Mathis to Become a Nurse

Kathryn Mathis discovered nursing when her daughter Lily contracted viral meningitis, which then developed into a serious brain injury. “I wanted to give back. The nurses inspired me… I don’t think I would have ended up here if Lily and I didn’t have that experience.”


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date May 16, 2019
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Community    Faculty    Alumni    Students

Salute the Nurse in Your Life During Nurses Week!

The University of Colorado College of Nursing and student nurses are encouraging the community to celebrate the nurse in your life during the month of May. Nurses Week runs from May 6 – May 12, which was the birthday of Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing. CU Nursing students appeared on CBS 4 Saturday morning to showcase the profession of nursing and some of the activities they have planned for the week including a 5K fun run at the Anschutz Medical Campus Sunday, May 5, and community blanket making for patients at Children’s Hospital on May 9th.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 06, 2019
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Alumni

Karen Zink -- Business Owner and Entrepreneur

Karen Zink’s interest in nursing bloomed from her mother, Marilyn Mason Short, who worked as a diploma nurse. Diploma nursing was a hands-on, skills-oriented approach to training great hospital nurses. Many of Zink’s personality traits may be tied to her mother as well. Her mother was a leader for nursing in the southwest portion of the state and had a hand in the setup of the first emergency department in Mercy Hospital in Durango, Colo., where Zink grew up.


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date May 01, 2019
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Community    Faculty

Senior-based technologies and the perception of active older women

A study conducted by Assistant Professor Blaine Reeder, PhD, and co-authored by Catherine Jankowski, PhD, on older women's perceptions of technology found that more active older adult women prefer wearable sensors for themselves and smart home sensors for their older parents.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date April 25, 2019
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Education    Faculty    Students

Learning Technique Brings Hollywood to the Classroom

Textbooks are no longer the primary source of education in the classroom. CU Nursing includes traditional lectures, simulations, practical clinical experiences, and physical transformations of faculty into patients.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date April 05, 2019
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Research

Study shows that the severity of sleep apnea in pregnant women is related to higher glycemic patterns

Sleep problems during pregnancy affect mother’s glucose patterns and may be predictor of increased risk for childhood obesity.


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Community    Faculty    Students

Burn survivors help nursing students learn about the power of being non-judgmental

For burn survivors, Wayne Winkler and Shannon Bennett, participating in Dr. Teresa Connolly’s Nursing Care of the Adult Patient with Complex Care Needs class is a way for nursing students to become better nurses while giving back to those who helped them during recovery. For the students, understanding the physical and mental pain, anguish, and guilt associated with their condition is key to treating patients with compassion and empathy – essential elements in helping patients heal.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date March 11, 2019
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Alumni

Remembering Zipporah Parks Hammond: CU Nursing’s First African-American Graduate

Zipporah Parks Hammond (1924-2011), BS ’46, was the University of Colorado College of Nursing’s first African-American graduate, overcoming the oppressive restrictions that kept black women of her era from pursuing higher education. Zipporah was a humanitarian and civil-rights champion, trailblazer, educator, volunteer, historical and cultural preservationist, mentor, philanthropist and a role model whose contributions to Colorado are both substantial and noteworthy.


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date February 25, 2019
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Alumni

3 Questions for Kim Pierce, first African-American to graduate from Doctor of Nursing Program

Interview between Kim Pierce, the first African-American graduate from the CU College of Nursing’s DNP Program in 2009, and Dana Brandorff, Director of Marketing & Communication.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date February 19, 2019
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Education

U.S. News Ranks CU Nursing Online Program as #4 in the Nation

U.S. News announced the 2019 Best Online Programs in the country and the University of Colorado College of Nursing online master’s in nursing ranked as one of the top in the nation at #4.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date January 17, 2019
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Research    Faculty

Researchers Raise Bar for Successful Management of Severe Atopic Dermatitis

Recent research by CU Nursing faculty Noreen Nicol, PhD, and National Jewish Health colleagues raises the bar for successful management of atopic dermatitis, which affects 18% of children. From conventional wet-wrap therapy to targeted therapies and new drugs, there have been major breakthroughs in improving the symptoms and quality of life of patients. Researchers emphasize utilizing conventional steps before initiating biologics.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date January 15, 2019
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Education    Faculty

5 Reasons Why Nursing School Accreditation Is Important for The Future Of Nursing Schools

As the top nursing school in Colorado, maintaining our standards through the process of accreditation helps us to improve our programs, prepare more high-quality future nurses, and provide the best nursing education. Every 10 years, CU Nursing must undergo the accreditation process that is conducted by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) to maintain our programs and status as a nursing school. Preparing for an accreditation involves faculty and staff comprehensively in institutional evaluation and planning review, and creates a culture of continuous improvement and quality improvement


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date January 11, 2019
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Campus Life    Education

Renowned Futurist and Medical Economist Jeff Bauer to Visit CU Anschutz

Internationally recognized, independent health futurist and accomplished writer Jeffrey C. Bauer, PhD, will be in Colorado Feb. 4-5 to highlight his life-long work about health care and the new realm of possibilities for nurse practitioners and other qualified non-physician practitioners who are qualified to provide health care without supervision by physicians. Ever since his book, “Not What the Doctor Ordered” hit newsstands 25 years ago, Dr. Bauer has been in demand as a featured speaker at national conferences presenting the topic of enduring health reform and discussing ways to improve the medical marketplace.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date January 03, 2019
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College of Nursing News Archives

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Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date January 01, 2019
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