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Congratulations Spring 2024 CU Nursing Graduates!

You've made it! Graduation is a significant achievement. It's something all our graduates (and alumni) should be proud of, and we hope you look back fondly on your time at CU Nursing.

Students    Graduation

“This Is a Huge Win for Us”

Lena Truong has a very personal connection to healthcare.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date May 16, 2024
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Finding Balance

Working in healthcare has always been in the back of Emily Fivekiller’s mind.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date May 15, 2024
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Students    Graduation

Finding Purpose

A few years ago, Jourdan Thompson felt lost when he returned home to Arvada after serving in the Marine Corps. He wasn’t sure how he would adjust to civilian life.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date May 14, 2024
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Finding Inspiration to Attend CU Nursing

A trailblazing University of Colorado College of Nursing alumna inspired Shashalee Sangster to earn her degree from the University of Colorado College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date May 13, 2024
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Congratulations Spring 2024 CU Nursing Graduates!

You've made it! Graduation is a significant achievement. It's something all our graduates (and alumni) should be proud of, and we hope you look back fondly on your time at CU Nursing.


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Students    Graduation

A Career Caring for Others

Madison Mey’s biological mother told her “You are a healer and will end up helping people in need”.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date May 07, 2024
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Alumni    Students    Graduation

Falling in Love with Nursing Again

Linsey Davison admits she never thought she’d go back to school after earning her BS in Nursing degree in 2014 from the University Colorado College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date May 07, 2024
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Alumni    Students    Graduation

Fulfilling a Family Legacy

Tiersa Pialet is a veteran. So are her parents. Her grandfather was also a veteran. And she is finding a way to continue serving without being on active duty.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date May 07, 2024
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Students    Graduation

“I Didn’t Want to Be a Nurse”

Kristen Gallagher did not want to become a nurse.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date May 03, 2024
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Alumni

2024 CU Nursing Alumni Association Awards

We are pleased to announce the 2024 recipients of the University of Colorado College of Nursing Alumni Association Awards, recognizing the exceptional alumni who are making a remarkable impact on the nursing profession and community.


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Students    Graduation

“I Enjoy Taking Care of the People Who Are Taking Care of Us”

Major Stephanie Kessinger fell in love with nursing because of her grandmother, who worked as an ICU nurse in a small rural hospital.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date May 01, 2024
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Community    Students

Human Trafficking: It’s Happening in Colorado

What is human trafficking? Could you recognize it if you saw something suspicious? What are the signs that someone is being trafficked? What if it was one of your patients? What do you do?


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date April 23, 2024
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Community    Veteran and Military Health

“I Felt I Lost Everything”

Army veteran Joe Fox admits he struggled with his mental health.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date April 18, 2024
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A Focus on Public Health

The University of Colorado College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus is a leader in Colorado in nursing education.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date April 15, 2024
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Alumni

Navigating the Real World

It was a surreal moment for Danyelle Gilbert BSN (’21), RN, when she came to the University of Colorado College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus in February.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date April 11, 2024
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Faculty

Managing Energy Levels During a Cancer Diagnosis

Roughly two million Americans were expected to be diagnosed with some form of cancer last year. The American Cancer Society reports that the number could be more than two million in 2024. The National Cancer Institute reports just over 300,000 Americans would be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2023, which is about fifteen percent of cancer diagnoses for the year.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date April 10, 2024
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Students

Summary of NSNA 2024 Convention

Despite tornado warnings, grounded planes, and many delays, Erin Newton and Joanne Leibowitz, CU nursing students, were able to represent the University of Colorado College of Nursing at the National Student Nursing Association (NSNA) 2024 Convention in Orlando, Florida (April 3-7, 2024).


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Community    Veteran and Military Health

Finding Sunshine in Darkness

When you talk to Cedric King, he brightens the room and emits positive energy.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date April 04, 2024
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Faculty    Alumni    Students

Giving Guidance and Support

The struggles of earning a nursing degree are real. Classes. Studying. Clinicals. For some students, add in work and balancing family life. And for all students: trying to figure out what to do after earning their degree.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date April 02, 2024
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Faculty    Students

Learning from Her Students

Seventy BS in Nursing students at Anschutz Medical Campus had a unique opportunity to get hands-on experience during their clinicals at an assisted living community for their Nursing Care of the Older Adult course.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date March 28, 2024
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Students

Building Trust with Patients

Daisy Espino Aguilar, a BS in Nursing student at the University of Colorado College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus recently returned from a clinical immersion experience in Guatemala. She went to Guatemala with eight other students in the BS in Nursing Traditional (TRAD) Program for 13 days in February.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date March 25, 2024
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Community    Faculty    Alumni    Students

Expanding Services for Expectant Mothers

Kelly Devine Arch is a mother, nurse, and certified nurse-midwife, and wants expectant mothers to know it’s okay to ask for help with their mental health.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date March 20, 2024
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Education

Fort Lewis College Starts Construction on Nursing Facility

The University of Colorado College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus, together with Fort Lewis College, is taking a historic step in educating nurses in Southwest Colorado.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date March 18, 2024
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Alumni

Being an Advocate for Latino Nurses

Valeria Martinez Tenreiro, RN, PMHNP, knows the American Dream is possible. She’s done it – and has been living out her dream of becoming an advanced practice nurse.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date March 15, 2024
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Students

Finding Strength in Nursing

Kelsey Connolly admits she went through a quarter-life crisis during the pandemic.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date March 12, 2024
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Press Releases

CU Nursing Fort Lewis College Collaborative to Break Ground on $2.9 Million State-of-the-Art Nursing Training Facility

DURANGO— Learning to provide high-quality healthcare — whether in a sterile hospital setting, in a home without running water or via telehealth — takes lots of practice. 


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Community

Behavioral Health in Space

What does space flight have in common with adjusting to life after serving in the military?


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date March 06, 2024
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Community    Alumni

Saving Our Black Mothers

Black pregnant and postpartum people in Colorado were 1.9 times more likely to die during pregnancy or within one year of the end of pregnancy compared to the state’s overall pregnant population.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date March 04, 2024
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Students

Taking Flight

“I was feeling so frustrated – I felt like I hit a ceiling in my career, it wasn’t going where I intended.”


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date February 22, 2024
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Community    Students

First Rural Midwifery Track Cohort Announced

There’s a devastating need for maternity care in rural communities: over 2 million women in the US live in areas without access to birth facilities or maternity care providers. In Colorado, nearly 40% of counties are maternity care deserts. Colorado has 65,000 annual births, about 8,000 of which happen in rural communities.1


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date February 20, 2024
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Alumni

Research Advice for PhD Students

Conducting research for a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Nursing can be intimidating.   How to do you pick a topic? Where do you start? How do you get it all done? What will the outcome be?


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date February 14, 2024
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Students

Presenting to Their Peers

Eighteen PhD students with CU College of Nursing had an opportunity to showcase their research to other PhD students and faculty. Their work was presented in a poster format during PhD Intensives Week, with key bullet points or graphs highlighting important information. Recent graduates from the college’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program also presented their research.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date February 12, 2024
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Press Releases

CU Nursing's Online Master’s Program Ranked Top 15 in the Country by U.S. News & World Report

AURORA, Colo. (February 7, 2024) – The University of Colorado College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus has been ranked among the 2024 Best Online Master’s in Nursing Programs in Colorado and the country by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News ranks schools according to a variety of objective factors, such as research activity, faculty resources, student excellence, and qualitative ratings from experts.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date February 07, 2024
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Community    Faculty

Expanding CU Nursing’s Global Impact

The University of Colorado College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus is taking steps to expand its healthcare footprint around the world.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date February 06, 2024
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Community    Faculty    Students

Meeting the Community’s Needs

Being a nurse is more than working a 12-hour shift in the hospital. It’s also about getting out and giving back to their community.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date February 01, 2024
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Students

Twinning Together

When you meet Hannah and Kaitlyn Schmidt, it’s obvious they’re sisters. The two have similar faces, the same brown hair, they have the same facial expressions, and they finish each other’s sentences.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date January 30, 2024
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Students

Getting a Jump-Start on Finding a Job

Finding a job can be tough. It takes time to update your resume, write cover letters, and prepare for interviews.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date January 25, 2024
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University of Colorado College of Nursing NCLEX Pass Rates Above 94%

AURORA, Colo. (January 23, 2024) – The University of Colorado College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus reported a 94.88% pass rate for the 2023 National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) for its Bachelor in Nursing test takers.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date January 24, 2024
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Students

Giving Back

Erika Hernandez was caught off guard one day in November while working at the Zablocki VA Medical Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date January 19, 2024
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Research    Faculty   

A Diet Game-Changer

Research conducted by investigators at the University of Colorado College of Nursing and School of Medicine/Division of Endocrinology and Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Anschutz Medical Campus could pave the way for pregnancy nutrition guidelines across the world.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date January 16, 2024
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Students

Connecting With A Different Culture

Daisy Espino Aguilar, a student at the University of Colorado College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus, was looking for an opportunity to expand her nursing skills and experience new perspectives.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date January 10, 2024
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Press Releases

States Committed to Improving Childhood Obesity Rates

AURORA, Colo. (January 3, 2024) – Childhood obesity is a public health crisis in the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 1 in 5 children and adolescents are considered obese, and about 25% of children aged 2-5 are considered obese. There are higher rates of obesity in children from low-income families and children from Black, Native American, and Hispanic populations.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date January 03, 2024
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Finding Ways to Improve Healthcare

Doctor of Nursing Practice students at the University of Colorado College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus are addressing issues in the healthcare system and finding ways to make them better.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date December 29, 2023
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Students

How to Survive Nursing School

The University of Colorado College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus knows attending school can be a daunting task, no matter what degree program you’re enrolled in.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date December 28, 2023
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Faculty

Skip Resolutions. Instead, Change Your Mindset

How many of you have New Year’s Resolutions? Do you stick to them, or end them after a couple of weeks?


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date December 21, 2023
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Students

Playing on the Gridiron

Bailey Paskach is 5’ 6½” – and that extra half-inch is very important when you play sports.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date December 19, 2023
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Faculty    Alumni    Students

CU College of Nursing’s Top 10 Stories of 2023

2023 is coming to a close, and the University of Colorado College of Nursing is looking back at our most popular stories of the year.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date December 18, 2023
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Students    Graduation

Embracing a Caregiver Role

When Stuart Eynon graduated from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2013, he found himself uninterested in a career sitting behind a desk and working at a computer.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date December 13, 2023
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Students    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    Graduation

Pursuing Her Dreams

Arleny Muñoz donates blood whenever she can – and the first couple of times she donated, she nearly passed out because of the blood.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date December 12, 2023
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“He’s Saved My Life at Least Once”

Five-year-old Dutch Shepherd Jackson is well known on campus, especially in the classroom, and is considered the unofficial mascot of the University of Colorado College of Nursing UCAN program. As a service dog for soon-to-be BS in Nursing graduate James Damioli, “He goes with me pretty much everywhere,” Damioli says. “He goes to the grocery store, on an airplane, and he’s been to every lecture with me throughout school.”


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date December 11, 2023
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Students    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    Graduation

Sister’s Death Puts Student on Path to Nursing

Lenae Aragon openly admits she’s struggled with her mental health since she was young. A big part of this had to do with the death of her sister Sabrina, who passed away unexpectedly at the age of 16. Her sister struggled with mental health before she passed away.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date December 08, 2023
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You Before Me

As a young man, Sam Wellman felt lost. While his friends were pursuing their dreams in college, Sam succumbed to ennui and despair. Without purpose or direction, he drank and drank. Until one day at the bottom of a shot glass, he realized he appreciated and admired the people helping him recover. They were nurses.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date December 06, 2023
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Dedicating a Life to Helping Veterans

Marcy Polk, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, understands the military, but she’s always been an outsider looking in. Her dad and sister are veterans. Her dad served in the Navy in the Vietnam War era but did not see combat, and later became a firefighter along with her brother. Her sister was in the Army for 15 years and now works for the VA.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date December 05, 2023
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Congratulations Fall 2023 CU Nursing Graduates!

Graduation is a major achievement, and it’s something all our graduates (and alumni) should be proud of. You’ve spent countless hours in class, studying, working on assignments, and attending clinicals. You’ve had to balance school, life, and work during your time at the University of Colorado College of Nursing.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date December 04, 2023
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Students    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    Graduation

Supporting Our Community’s Most Vulnerable

Claudia Martinez Antillon’s father is the main reason why she wanted to pursue a career in nursing.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date December 04, 2023
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Students    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    Graduation

Making a Difference

Mykell Fisher knows from personal experience how a nurse can make a difference in someone’s life and put them on a path to a career in healthcare.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date December 01, 2023
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Students    Graduation

A Back-to-School Surprise

A public health nurse. A substitute school nurse. A nursing tutor for Pueblo Community College and the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence. A hospice spiritual care counselor. A community health case manager. A home health nurse. A perioperative nurse.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date November 29, 2023
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CU Cancer Center Member Oversees New NCCN Guidelines for Cancer-Related Fatigue 

Yoga, massage, and bright white light therapy are among the effective ways to manage cancer-related fatigue, according to new patient guidelines from the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN). 


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date November 29, 2023
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Students    Graduation

A Passion for Midwifery

“I feel giddy and get chills every time I talk about it to anyone who will listen.”


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date November 27, 2023
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Research    Faculty    Students

Significance of White Coat Ceremonies

“What is the significance of the White Coat Ceremony for advanced practice registered nursing students?”


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date November 22, 2023
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Faculty

10 Ways to Maintain Optimal Health During the Holidays

The holidays are here, and many people will be gathering with friends and family to celebrate over the next couple of weeks. We sat down with the University of Colorado College of Nursing Assistant Professor of Clinical Practice Emily Cheshire, DNP, MS, FNP-BC to talk about ways to stay healthy – and safe – during the holiday season.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date November 20, 2023
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Research    Patient Care    Education    Community   

State of the Campus 2023: At the Forefront

Chancellor Don Elliman delivered his annual State of the Campus Address on Nov. 16 to nearly 750 community members online and in-person, highlighting the campus’s strong stance at the forefront of innovation in health and medicine.


Author Staff | Publish Date November 17, 2023
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Education    Faculty

A Family’s Heartache

When 17-month-old Wrenn died in her sleep unexpectantly it was devastating to her family, including her aunt – University of Colorado College of Nursing Assistant Professor Emily Cheshire, DNP, MS, FNP-BS.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date November 09, 2023
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Alumni

A Journey Through Working in the ER

“I love going to work, and it’s a feeling I’ve never had in my life.”


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date November 07, 2023
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Students    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

“My Identity is Tied to Nursing”

Joe Martinez, BSN, MSN, had been working as a nurse for a decade providing direct patient care before he decided to change careers while still using his nursing skills. He worked in the ER, along with med-surg, home health, and telenursing, until he transitioned to a different side of the profession: healthcare technology.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date November 03, 2023
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Alumni

Getting Nurses Involved in Street Medicine

The number of people homeless in the Denver metro area has increased nearly 60% between 2016 and 2023, according to the Common Sense Institute. The homeless population is 9,065, compared to 5,728 in 2016.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date November 01, 2023
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Education    Students

Bringing Midwifery Care to Rural Colorado

Colorado has 64 counties. Of those, 24 lack access to both maternity care providers and a hospital with labor and birth services – which are also known as maternity care deserts. The state has 43 hospitals in rural areas – and fewer than half (21) provide labor and birth services.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date October 25, 2023
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Education    Faculty

Top Vaccines For Older Adults to Consider and Why

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


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Education    Community

Preventing Overdoses

You might see someone with pale or discolored skin.  Their body might be limp…they may not be breathing…or they could be losing consciousness.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date October 19, 2023
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Students

Droppin’ Knowledge

Michael Fray is a busy BS in nursing student with classes, studying, and other parts of life. He’s also making sure to set aside time to help other nursing students.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date October 18, 2023
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Students

Professor Inspires Students to Bridge Gap in Geriatric Nursing Shortage

Every day, we grow older. Who will take care of us?


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date October 12, 2023
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Research    Students

Helping Nursing Students Cope with Stress

Early recognition of stress – and ways to relieve stress and emotional trauma—can help prevent burnout in student nurses. That’s according to a study conducted by five faculty members of the University of Colorado College of Nursing:  Associate Professor of Clinical Teaching, Specialty Director of Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program and Psychiatric Mental Health Endowed Professorship Kerry Peterson, PhD, DNP, PMHCNS-BC, PMHNP-BC, FAANP, Senior Instructor of Clinical Teaching Laura McGladrey, PMHNP, FNP, FAWM, Senior Instructor of Research Laurra Aagaard, MA, MS, Instructor of Clinical Practice Sarah Stalder, MSN, PMHNP-BC, and Professor and Chair of the Behavioral, Family, and Population Health Division Paul Cook, PhD. William Mundo, MD, MPH from the Denver Health Medical Center is also one of the study’s authors.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date October 10, 2023
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Alumni

CU Nursing Alums Celebrate More Than Five Decades of Friendship

“It’s special, a lot of people don’t have relationships like that –”


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date October 04, 2023
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Press Releases

CU Nursing Participating in Colorado Free Application Day$

WHAT:  Colorado Free Application Day$ waives application fees at participating Colorado colleges and universities.  CU Nursing will waive the supplemental application fee for all students who qualify. NursingCAS fee waiver codes will be provided to the first 100 eligible students who complete the waiver request form.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date October 02, 2023
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CU Nursing Receives $2 Million Grant to Expand Healthcare in Rural Areas

AURORA, Colo. (September 27, 2023) – The University of Colorado College of Nursing received a $2 million grant to increase the number of midwives in rural areas of Colorado over the next four years.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date September 27, 2023
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Alumni

A Culture of Belonging

Kathy Bruning, BSN (1978), MS has great memories of her time attending the University of Colorado College of Nursing, formerly the School of Nursing in Denver.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date September 25, 2023
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Education

Celebrating 125 Years of CU Nursing

The University of Colorado College of Nursing has been commemorating 125 years of teaching students, new nursing practices, innovative research, and overall excellence in 2023. Dozens of CU Nursing faculty, staff, and former faculty came together to honor the college’s accomplishments on Thursday, September 21 for a 125th Anniversary Celebration.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date September 22, 2023
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Students

Celebrating Dean’s Early Scholar Awards Recipients

University of Colorado College of Nursing PhD students visit the Anschutz Medical Campus at the start of every semester for week-long intensives. The PhD program is online, so the intensives give students an opportunity to meet in-person with their colleagues and faculty, and see campus.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date September 20, 2023
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Education    Faculty

Highlighting the Importance of Treating Mental Health

Mia Roberts, PhD, CPNP-PC, stood in front of a crowd of about 60 University of Colorado College of Nursing PhD students and faculty prepared to present her doctoral dissertation for only the second time.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date September 19, 2023
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Community    Faculty    Students

Get Protected Before Flu Season

The University of Colorado College of Nursing and Campus Community Health are holding flu shot clinics in September and October on the Anschutz Medical Campus for students, faculty, staff, and other members of the campus community and their families.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date September 15, 2023
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Education    Community    Faculty    Veteran and Military Health

New Art Exhibit Highlights Colorado Veterans

“It’s really important that we come together as a community to support our veterans, and it’s really important that our community understands how to care for them.”


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date September 07, 2023
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Education    Faculty    Student and Alumni

CU Nursing in the Last 25 Years and Beyond

If the first century of the University of Colorado College of Nursing is known for its growth and dedication to educate students and care for patients, CU Nursing may be remembered in the last 25 years of its history for focusing on the individual. In the last quarter of a century, faculty have innovated new programs to serve and meet the unique needs of the diverse, Indigenous, uninsured and rural patient. In the middle of this fine-tuning of accessible healthcare came a big wrench. COVID-19.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date September 05, 2023
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Campus Life    Students

Top 10 Things to Know About CU Anschutz Medical Campus

Nursing students begin the Fall Semester on Monday, August 28 at University of Colorado College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus. Students, both new and returning, are getting into a routine of going to classes and preparing for exams.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date August 28, 2023
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Community

Block Party Brings Campus Together

Food trucks, entertainment, and free stuff are taking over Bonfils Circle on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date August 25, 2023
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Education    simulation lab

How Technology Can Play a Role in Nursing

Two University of Colorado College of Nursing associate professors at the Anschutz Medical Campus are using smart glasses to enhance nursing education – and they hope to use that technology in nursing care.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date August 22, 2023
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Education    Students

Giving Students Tools to Succeed

Adjusting to college life and course load can be a daunting task for new students. Add in nursing classes – like pharmacology or pathophysiology – and the process can be overwhelming.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date August 18, 2023
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Students    Scholarship

Scholarships Provide Much Needed Funds for Nursing Students

“When I saw the demanding schedule of nursing school, I realized that working full time was no longer a feasible option for myself if I wanted to succeed,” said Madison Mey.

Mey, a University of Colorado College of Nursing BSN student, knew she would need financial help to pursue her nursing degree at the Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date August 14, 2023
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Faculty

Contemplating the Past Can Help Nursing Faculty in the Future

A new editorial co-authored by a faculty member at the University of Colorado College of Nursing asserts the severe and growing shortage of nursing educators nationwide may be partially addressed with reflective practice, or taking the time to look back and assess results in order to consider alternative actions for the future. It’s a lesson in history. In 1973, author Robert Heinlein wrote “A generation which ignores history has no past and no future.”


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date August 07, 2023
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Press Releases    Students

Study Shows Agency Collaboration can Help Reduce Veteran Suicide

AURORA, Colo. (July 27, 2023) – Every day, the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says 17 veterans take their own lives. More than half of them, 60%, never reached out to VA healthcare services before they committed suicide.


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Alumni    Students    Scholarship    Hot Topic

10 Tips to Find and Earn Scholarships for Nursing School

University of Colorado College of Nursing 2023 BSN graduate Mark Domingo received a transfer scholarship when he applied and was accepted to Anschutz Medical Campus BSN program and was grateful for it. “It certainly helped defray some of the costs of college.”


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date July 24, 2023
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Press Releases    Faculty

New Study: Fitness Digital Health Technology can Help Some Older Family Caregivers get More Exercise, Relieve Stress

AURORA, Colo. (July 19, 2023) – As the American population grows older and life-extending technologies improve, the number of people taking care of their family members has increased. Nearly 17% of the adult population or 53 million people today provide unpaid care to a relative or other loved one with a chronic disease, according to Caregiving in the U.S. 2020 report.


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Education    Alumni

1948-1973: CU Nursing Establishes Reputation as a Pioneering Institution

America was rebuilding and growing after the end of World War II, and the University of Colorado School of Nursing was certainly no exception.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date July 10, 2023
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Alumni

I Married Uncle Sam

During World War II, Japanese Americans were shipped to internment camps throughout the US. American-by-birth citizens of Japanese parents (Nisei) loyally answered the call for new nurses. Despite numerous obstacles to attain a nursing education, these courageous young women overcame prejudice to volunteer for the US Cadet Nurse Corps and serve in American hospitals. The University of Colorado School of Nursing was a safe haven for many Nisei students who were turned away from nursing programs on the west coast.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date July 05, 2023
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Diabetes    Obesity    pregnancy

Can We Solve the Childhood Obesity Epidemic During Pregnancy?

Obesity is an epidemic. It’s projected that by 2030, one in two adults and one in four children ages 5-9 in the United States will be obese.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date June 30, 2023
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Education    Faculty

New, Larger Simulation Lab to use Cutting-edge Technology to Train Students, Improve Healthcare

This fall, more students than ever at the University of Colorado College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus will have access to state-of-the-art technology including AI, virtual reality, patient actors and high-fidelity medical manikins to practice their nursing skills and ultimately, improve health care.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date June 28, 2023
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Education    Hot Topic

Hot Topics in Nursing: Peer-to-Peer Wisdom

Believe it or not students, graduates from the University of Colorado College of Nursing say you’re going to miss school. It’s the small things you don’t think about now; the friendships, comradery, access to brilliant instructors and the ability to make mistakes without big consequences. Believe it.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date June 26, 2023
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Research    Press Releases    Faculty

Nurses Can Play Critical Role Preventing Medical Device-Related Injuries

AURORA, Colo. (June 20, 2023) – Hospital-acquired pressure injuries hurt approximately 2.5 million hospital patients every year, leading to 60,000 deaths and cost an estimated $27 billion, according to a column co-authored by a professor and a student at the University of Colorado College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus.


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Alumni

Former CU Nursing Grad Transforms Life After Near-Fatal Cycling Accident

One moment, 32-year-old Terry Chase was leaning over the handlebars of her road bike feeling the sun and wind caress her face while her lungs and legs pumped and burned along a 10-mile route in Grand Junction. The next moment, she was airborne.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date June 12, 2023
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Research    Innovation    Patient Care   

CU Anschutz Receives $50 Million From The Anschutz Foundation to Accelerate Breakthroughs in Medicine

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus this week announced the Anschutz Acceleration Initiative, a program to advance cutting-edge healthcare innovations that are poised to reach patients within the next three to five years.


Author Julia Milzer | Publish Date June 07, 2023
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Research    Press Releases    Faculty

University of Colorado College of Nursing Faculty Awarded Fulbright Scholarship

AURORA, Colo. (June 5, 2023) – The University of Colorado College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus is pleased to announce that Associate Professor Christina Sun, PhD, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award in LGBT health research in Botswana and Taiwan for the 2023-2024 academic year from the U.S. Department of State and the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.


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Collaboration with Montana State University and Colleges of Nursing Across Four States

AURORA, Colo. (May 31, 2023) – The Montana Office of Rural Health/AHEC, the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence (CNE), and Colleges of Nursing at the University of Colorado, Montana State University, North Dakota State University, South Dakota State University, Utah, and Wyoming have partnered to create a clinical nursing faculty & preceptor academy (CFPA) for the Rocky Mountain region. This program provides training and tools to strengthen and support clinical nursing faculty and preceptors working in rural and frontier parts of the mountain west.


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Education    Alumni

1973-1998: Growing Pains and Caring Science

By 1973, the University of Colorado School of Nursing had established credibility as the birthplace of the nurse practitioner – a concept that proliferated in more than 65 nursing schools around the country. One publication ranked CU Nursing as the fifth best nursing school in the United States. The school added more master’s courses in its curriculum and enrollment continued to grow.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date May 31, 2023
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Students    Graduation

‘Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day’ Inspires One Woman’s Career

Years ago, Marie Stahl saw her future during National Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day. As a front desk clerk at Denver Health, Stahl’s mother introduced her to life inside a hospital, and that made a positive impression on her to this day.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date May 15, 2023
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Students    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    Graduation

Graduate to Fight for More Diversity in Nursing

When Kimberly Morales-Ortiz was a child, she remembers going to a healthcare clinic with her grandmother who has diabetes. The nurses spoke Spanish with her grandmother, getting her engaged in her own treatment.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date May 15, 2023
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Students    Graduation

Like Mother, Like Son

While most kids were hanging out with friends in middle and high school, University of Colorado College of Nursing BSN candidate Mark Domingo and his two siblings were helping their mom take care of three elderly people who lived in their home. His mom Ruby was a certified caregiver. For 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, they helped her feed the patients, get them showered and dressed, and take them on walks. They treated them like family. The experience sparked Domingo’s passion for helping others.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date May 11, 2023
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Students    Graduation

Graduate Will Go the Distance to Care for Children and Their Families

One foot in front of the other. That’s the mindset Taylor Santangelo used to break two cross-country running records in high school, and what she thinks now as a clinical assistant in the pediatric intensive care unit when she faces children with acute and chronic conditions.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date May 09, 2023
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Students

Former US Army Senior Combat Medic Applies War Experience to Become a Better Nurse

The enemy was relentless. In the Middle East in 2013, the Taliban fired weapons with bullets that could pierce the armored vehicles carrying Sgt. Billy Schwartz (aka “Doc”) and his fellow soldiers. The terrorists packed their vehicles with explosives and drove them at Schwartz’s US Army convoy. Tours of duty between Iraq and Afghanistan can make it challenging for soldiers’ transitioning from military to civilian life.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date May 04, 2023
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Students

Practice Makes Perfect: What Piano Playing and the DNP Program Have in Common

As someone who has played piano since the age of 5, Ann Hefel likens part of her nursing education to mastering a musical composition.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date May 02, 2023
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Students    Graduation

Congratulations Spring 2023 CU Nursing Graduates!

Unexpected and unforgettable are two words that describe our graduates, their accomplishments, and activities of the past few years.


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Students    Graduation

Out of the Comfort Zone: Zhane Conner’s Journey

When Zhane Conner, CNA, officially earns her bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Colorado College of Nursing on May 22, it will mark another chapter in a life dedicated to serving others. But finding that passion didn’t necessarily come easily.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date April 27, 2023
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Press Releases

U.S. News & World Report Ranks CU Nursing as the Top Master’s and DNP in Colorado

AURORA, Colo. (April 25, 2023) – The University of Colorado College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus has been ranked among the 2023 Best Master’s in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice Programs in Colorado and the nation by U.S. News & World Report. U.S. News ranks schools according to a variety of objective factors, such as research activity, faculty resources, student excellence and qualitative ratings from experts.


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Students

Living the Dream

When Melissa Sanchez was 8 years old, her mother separated from her father and emigrated from Colombia, South America to Miami, FL with her four kids for a “better life, better future and better education,” says Sanchez. “The country is beautiful and lush but impoverished, crippled by corruption and guerilla warfare. And my mother did not see much of a future there for us.”


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date April 24, 2023
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Students

Dual Warrior: Black Belt Karate Student Gets Her Kicks From Nursing

Karate and nursing school may not seem to have much in common. However, both pursuits require consistent effort, a willingness to practice (and study), master skills, continuous learning, and a significant commitment of time, energy, and resources.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date April 20, 2023
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Students    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz

Major Molly Bried Embodies “Be All You Can Be”

For Active-Duty Army Major, single mother of two boys, and University of Colorado College of Nursing graduate student pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master of Public Health degrees at Anschutz Medical Campus, Molly Bried exemplifies the US Army slogan “Be all you can be.”


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date April 18, 2023
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Community

Helping Individuals Navigate Recovery, Pregnancy, and Early Parenthood

As a parent with a history of substance use, Britt Westmoreland knows what it’s like to welcome a new baby during a difficult time.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date April 17, 2023
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Alumni

Love, War, and Healthcare

Forty-eight hours after graduating from the University of Colorado School of Nursing in Denver with a bachelor of science degree in 1967, Mary Dempsey volunteered for the US Army. The new recruit was shipped to Chu Lai, Vietnam to nurse the wounded during the war's bloodiest year.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date April 11, 2023
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Education    Alumni

1898-1948: The Dawn of CU Nursing

In recent years, the University of Colorado College of Nursing at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus rose to challenges of COVID-19 and rampant turnover in the healthcare workforce. Like other educational institutions, CU Nursing adapted to remote learning and safety protocols in response to a pandemic that tested the patience of students and faculty members.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date April 10, 2023
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Faculty

A Midwife Life: How Shannon Pirrie Finds Joy in Her Work

Shannon Pirrie, DNP ‘21, CNM ‘15, is living her best life right now.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date April 04, 2023
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Faculty

Not Just Kid’s Stuff: Jill Marks Leads CU Nursing’s AC PNP Specialty

As an advanced-practice nurse at Children’s Hospital Colorado’s Neuroscience Institute, Jill Marks, DNP ’19, MSN, BSN, gets tremendous satisfaction in caring for children with acute and chronic neurologic illness or injury.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date March 30, 2023
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Education    Community    Faculty   

Conference to Focus on Advocacy, and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

One of the most-anticipated veterans and military healthcare conferences in the Western Region will return to the Anschutz Medical Campus, April 21-23, 2023.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date March 27, 2023
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Alumni    Students

Residencies Help New Grads Transition from Student to Nurse

When Brittney Fuller (BSN ’22, RN) and Amanda Worley (BSN ’22, RN) graduated from the University of Colorado College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus in May 2022, they had the knowledge they needed to be nurses. Yet, both preferred to transition into their careers gradually with more support and experience.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date March 21, 2023
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Faculty    Alumni    Hot Topic

Hot Topics in Nursing: Taking it to the Streets

On a cold January day, five volunteers bundled in heavy coats and boots stomped around the snow in a remote area of Aurora looking for people experiencing homelessness who may need medical care. The volunteers are part of a team called CU Street Medicine that makes old-fashioned house calls for “rough sleepers” wherever they are; in parks, under bridges, along trails, and on sidewalks.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date March 20, 2023
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Students

Bay Area Doctoral Student Focuses on Veterans’ Health Through a Mindful Lens

Complementary and integrative medicine modalities such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage therapy, and clinical hypnosis are increasingly available within the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, and Caitlin Hildebrand, NP, is helping to lead their roll-out.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date March 16, 2023
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Alumni   

CU’s first Black nurse defied racism, withstood disease and made history serving others

Seventeen years before Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired masses in Washington with his speech, “I Have a Dream,” a young Black woman nicknamed Zippy in Denver was already living her dream. In 1946, ‘Zippy’ Zipporah Parks Hammond became the first Black woman to graduate with a bachelor of science degree from the University of Colorado School of Nursing.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date March 14, 2023
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Education    Faculty

Celebrating 125 Years of CU Nursing

The University of Colorado College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus is celebrating a major milestone this year, and we invite you to celebrate with us! Throughout much of 2023, we will observe our “quasquicentennial” – also known as our 125th anniversary.


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Students    Hot Topic

Six Strategies to Afford Rising College Costs – from a Student Who’s Been There*

It may take Alex Morgan years after graduation to pay off tens of thousands of dollars in college loans. The 24-year-old senior at the University of Colorado College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus has taken out 25 grants and loans to pursue two bachelor of science degrees. One in biology and the second in nursing. While it may be more debt than other students have, they all face rising college tuition in the next four years, according to MEFA. Tuition at a national public four-year college for in-state residents will cost an average $24,000 this year and rise to more than $26,000 per year in 2026.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date March 06, 2023
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Alumni

2023 CU Nursing Alumni Association Awards

With great pleasure, we announce the 2023 recipients of the CU College of Nursing Alumni Association Awards.


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Black History Month: CU Nursing Alumnae Share Experiences During Panel Discussion

Celebrating Black History Month, the CU Nursing Alumni Association and Future Voices hosted an often-emotional panel discussion highlighting diversity and inclusion, on February 24 at the Fulginiti Pavilion at the Anschutz Medical Campus.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date February 27, 2023
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Alumni

CU Nursing Alumna/Faculty Take Psychiatry Training Program to the Next Level

After going through clinical rotations at the University of Colorado Department of Psychiatry, CU Nursing alums Sarah Schwenk and Leslie Choi aspired to make their training program even better.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date February 24, 2023
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Alumni

Harms’ Way: CU Alumna Takes Leap to Next Phase of Career

Lindsey Harms’ nursing career was essentially born after she observed the miracle of birth in 2002.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date February 23, 2023
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Faculty   

LAMP© Survey to Shed Light on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The values of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) are fundamentally, inextricably, and integrally linked to the University of Colorado College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus’s present and future. CU College of Nursing’s DEI goal is to prepare nurses to be culturally responsive, and to demonstrate cultural humility while providing compassionate, person-centered care.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date February 22, 2023
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Faculty

Teaching Advanced-Practice Psychiatric Mental Health Care to Grad Students

Mental health is having a moment right now for a lot of the wrong reasons.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date February 21, 2023
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Students

CU Nursing Grad Student Hears Calling to Child Welfare

Working in the child welfare system gave Laurie Andrews, MA, BSN, RN, an affinity for the parents and children she serves.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date February 17, 2023
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Alumni    Students

The Buddy System: Why Cohort Friendships Matter

Many things will come and go over a 30-year timespan, but friendships make an enduring impression.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date February 16, 2023
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Education    Alumni

The Secret to Passing the NCLEX RN Exam on Your First Try

After graduating from the University of Colorado College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus in December of 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, Christopher Battelli faced the ultimate test – trying to pass the National Council Licensure Exam (NCLEX). Without it, he wouldn’t be able to work as a registered nurse. He took online preparatory courses, listened to podcasts and studied for hours.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date February 08, 2023
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Education    Faculty

CU College of Nursing Helps Nurses Pioneer New Healthcare Roles in Switzerland

The University of Colorado College of Nursing at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus is collaborating with the Bern University of Applied Sciences in Switzerland and making history. CU Nursing is teaching Swiss nurses advanced practice nursing skills to meet a critical shortage of healthcare professionals facing an aging, sicker population.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date February 07, 2023
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Alumni

CU Nursing Alumna Shares Alarming Findings on Adolescent Mental Health, Suicide

While earning her PhD in Nursing Science at the University of Colorado College of Nursing at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus, Suzanne E. Courtwright, PhD (’21), MSN, PNP, received several awards and honors. Among them: the Dean’s Early Scholar Award (2017); the Joan Hess Scholarship Award (2018) and the Nancy Hester Scholarship Award (2020).


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date February 06, 2023
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Education    Alumni

The Case for Caring Science: Keynote Speaker Embraces CU Nursing’s Legacy

With academic roots tied to the University of Colorado College of Nursing, Marlaine Smith, RN, PhD, said she considered Monday’s keynote presentation a homecoming.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date February 01, 2023
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Faculty

On the Shoulders of Pediatric Nursing Giants

Cassie Fishbein leads the program that’s regarded as the birthplace of nurse practitioners. Founded by Loretta “Lee” Ford and Henry Silver in 1965, the University of Colorado’s Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Primary Care program was the first of its kind.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date January 31, 2023
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Education    Community   

Innovative Nursing Program to Build 4 Corners Workforce

Coloradans rightfully expect their colleges and universities to educate students and address critical needs facing our state. A new collaboration between Fort Lewis College and the University of Colorado not only does both, but is also a unique, cost-effective effort that can significantly impact a regional and national problem.


Author Op-ed | Publish Date January 30, 2023
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Students

Following Her Passion: Undergrad Finds Home in Colorado, CU Nursing

When you identify as a queer while growing up in a small, socially conservative town, you are highly motivated to live where you fit in. Fortunately, Tessa Cocchiara found herself, and her people, in other parts of the world – eventually landing in Colorado.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date January 27, 2023
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Press Releases

U.S. News & World Report Ranks CU Nursing #10

AURORA, Colo. (January 24, 2023) – The University of Colorado College of Nursing at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus has been ranked among the 2023 Best Online Master’s in Nursing and Leadership Programs in the country by U.S. News & World Report.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date January 24, 2023
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Faculty

CU Nursing Faculty Honored for “Bedside Manner”

Two former English lit majors turned nurse-midwives will be awarded the Bedside Manner Award from the UCHealth University of Colorado Hospital.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date January 23, 2023
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Faculty

New Year/New You: Reflections on Nutrition and Exercise

At this point, those who resolved to lose weight in 2023 are either trending in the right direction, discouraged, or they’ve given up.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date January 18, 2023
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Faculty

5 Takeaways on Midwifery’s Past, Present and Future

If midwifery is one of the oldest professions in the world, why aren’t there more midwives? What do midwives do in addition to helping families give birth? How could midwifery solve problems we’re seeing in high maternal mortality rates and the healthcare labor shortage?


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date January 17, 2023
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Students

Kicking Off a Career: CU Nursing Student Scores with PNP-Primary Care Program

Soccer is still fresh on the minds of fans in the aftermath of the World Cup, but it’s always close to Jordan Knickerbocker’s heart.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date January 06, 2023
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Faculty

The Strength of a Woman: Professor Shares Love for Bodybuilding, Midwifery

Nurse-midwifery encourages patients to tap into their strengths before, during and after childbirth. In a sense, Jessica Anderson, DNP ‘17, CNM, channels that special kind of energy by competing in statewide bodybuilding competitions.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date January 05, 2023
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Faculty    Students   

Celebrating the 2022 CU Nursing Alumni Association DAISY Awardees

Join us in celebrating Taylor Santangelo and Michelle Jhong, the CU Nursing Alumni Association DAISY Awardees for 2022.


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date January 04, 2023
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Alumni   

Breaking Language and Cultural Barriers in Transplant Care

Growing up in a Spanish-speaking family, Gladiz Martinez, AG-CNS ’20, BSN ’08, often served as a reluctant family interpreter.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date January 02, 2023
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Faculty

Beyond the ‘Crisis Mode’: What Mass Shootings Taught One CU Nursing Professor

Headlines about mass shootings – such as the recent massacre at the Club Q nightclub in Colorado Springs – trigger difficult memories for Mary Beth Flynn Makic, PhD ‘07, CNS.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date December 23, 2022
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Clinical Affairs   

Period of Transition

For children with pediatric-onset chronic conditions, the relationships they form early on with their doctors and care team members often turn out to be among the most important connections of their young lives.

Years later, when those youth are on the cusp of adulthood and required to transition to adult care, the doctor-patient relationship becomes even more important, and thoughtful transition of care is critical. The growing field of transitional care encourages collaboration among doctors to help young patients effectively manage the shift from pediatric to adult care, to encourage those patients to play a greater part in their own health care, and to improve health care systems to make those transitions more seamless.


Author Greg Glasgow | Publish Date September 02, 2022
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Community    Women's Health   

Suicide, Drug Overdose Top Killers of New Mothers in Colorado

Affected patients describe being gripped by “profound sadness” or “paralyzed” by bouts of anxiety and exhaustion. The feelings of perinatal mood disorders, which often result in a sense of hopelessness, strike mothers during what should be one of the happiest times of their lives.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 20, 2022
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Press Releases   

CU College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus partners with Fort Lewis College to offer undergraduate nursing program in Durango

Fort Lewis College (FLC) and the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus have announced a new partnership to create a four-year undergraduate degree in nursing, bringing the state’s flagship medical institute of higher education to the rural and Indigenous-serving campus of Southwest Colorado.


Author Kelsea Pieters | Publish Date February 09, 2022
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Patient Care    Education    Faculty   

CU Street Medicine Connects Students with Opportunities to Aid People Experiencing Homelessness

Patient care doesn’t always happen within four walls or in buildings with controlled climates and cupboards full of supplies. Sometimes it happens in a parking lot, on the sidewalk, by a trail – wherever a person with need happens to be.


Author Rachel Sauer | Publish Date October 28, 2021
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