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Hot Topics in Nursing: How the Pandemic Changed School Nursing in Aurora

“It was the most exhaustive, exhilarating, creative, awful, collaborative work I’ve ever done.” So says the lead nurse consultant in Aurora Public Schools Health Services after two years of a global pandemic in one of the largest school districts in the state.

Community    Alumni    Hot Topic

Hot Topics in Nursing: How the Pandemic Changed School Nursing in Aurora

“It was the most exhaustive, exhilarating, creative, awful, collaborative work I’ve ever done.” So says the lead nurse consultant in Aurora Public Schools Health Services after two years of a global pandemic in one of the largest school districts in the state.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date June 13, 2022
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Community    Alumni

CU Nursing Legends Credited for Developing National Residency Model

Two highly regarded nursing leaders with ties to the University of Colorado College of Nursing are credited with pioneering the widespread adoption of nurse residency programs (NRPs). An article in the Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing paid tribute to the groundbreaking work of Colleen Goode, PhD, RN, FAAN, NEA-BC, and Mary Krugman, PhD, FAAN, NEA-BC, for building what has become a national model that has helped nursing graduates segue to their chosen profession.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date June 09, 2022
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Adventures in Nursing -- From the Bedside to Behind the Scenes

Emily Reyes has been working in nursing informatics for several years but knew she needed to earn her master’s degree if she wanted to advance in her career. “Even though I was already doing the work, I needed more theory and evidence behind what I was doing to take on higher leadership roles,” says Reyes.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date June 01, 2022
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Students

Graduating Nurse Who Sings will Raise Her Voice for Preventive Care

She’s a little bit caring and a little bit rock ‘n’ roll. Jessi Ridinger, a former lead singer and classic rock radio disc jockey, is graduating from the University of Colorado College of Nursing in May 2022 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) degree. As a nurse, she will raise her voice to advocate for preventive health and mental health care.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date May 27, 2022
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Students

Celine’s Anatomy

While most middle school students watch movies like Diary of a Wimpy Kid and the Incredibles, 12-year-old Celine Lumowa watched the TV drama Grey’s Anatomy and YouTube videos of surgeries. So, it was no surprise to anyone in her family that the University of Colorado College of Nursing student who is graduating this month with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing is going to be a surgical nurse in operating rooms.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date May 26, 2022
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Graduating Student Finds Calm in the Storm

Some people will bleed from gunshots. Others won’t be able to breathe. Still more will be rushed into emergency rooms with broken bones, heart attacks, and infections. Elizabeth Phelps, about to graduate from the University of Colorado College of Nursing with a bachelor of science degree in nursing, understands working in trauma care will be intense, thrilling, and exhausting.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date May 25, 2022
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Congratulations Spring 2022 CU Nursing Graduates!

Unexpected and unforgettable are two words that describe the past two years. 2021 and 2022 will be remembered as unique. We know it’s been challenging, and you and your classmates have stepped up during these extraordinary times.


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For this Air Force Major, “Be All That You Can Be” Is Not Just a Slogan

Corrie Secord is the first to admit that her path to midwifery was a rambling one. “I was a senior in high school when 9/11 occurred and was already set up to enlist when it happened,” said Secord.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 24, 2022
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Karen Zink, MSN, APRN

Many women in southwest Colorado have Karen Zink, CNP, MS, to thank for providing medical care that wouldn’t have been available without her.


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Graduating Student, 41, Proves it’s Never Too Late to Pursue Dreams

Sometimes, the path to success isn’t so clear. At least not for April Gosling. The 41-year-old is about to walk across the stage at the University of Colorado College of Nursing and grab hold of a hard-fought degree in Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN). She’s graduating with the college’s highest distinction Summa Cum Laude.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date May 21, 2022
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Students

Former Foster Child Earns PhD, Vows to Help Other Vulnerable People

From foster child to doctor of philosophy. Dawn Taylor is about to earn the highest academic degree despite the lowest possible start in life. Even as she graduates this month from the University of Colorado College of Nursing with a PhD in Caring Science, she’s remembering where she began and how far she still wants to go.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date May 20, 2022
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Students

Air Force Made Career in Nursing and Midwifery Possible

“On my first day of training, I couldn’t do a single push-up,” says Major Caroline Hill who at age 18 joined the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). Her introduction to the Corps was pure luck.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 19, 2022
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Students

The Student Who had Three Lives

In the middle of an uprising in 2011, Upasana Nepal and her family fled their homeland; one of the poorest countries in the world that’s their namesake, Nepal. Under a United Nation’s program, the family landed in Aurora where they made a new life. But she’s never forgotten her past.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date May 18, 2022
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Press Releases

Kate Coleman-Minahan Joins Betty Irene Moore Fellowship Program at UC Davis Nursing School

AURORA, Colo. (May 16, 2022) – Kate Coleman-Minahan, PhD, RN, FNP-BC, assistant professor at the University of Colorado College of Nursing is one of 12 nurse scientists accepted to the third cohort of the Betty Irene Moore Fellowship for Nurse Leaders and Innovators.


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Faculty    Diversity    Hot Topic

Hot Topics in Nursing: Diversity in Healthcare

When you go to the hospital today, your nurse will most likely be female and white despite a growing multiracial population in the United States. The most recent National Nursing Workforce survey shows nearly 90% of registered nurses (RN) are female and 81% are Caucasian. The largest minority in the RN workforce is Asian at 7.2%.


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Community    COVID-19    Faculty

Art Representing Life: Pediatric Nurses Share Their Pandemic Stories Through Unique Art

A faceless angel with long dark hair glides toward heaven in a sky of blue and green leaving sparks of light in her wake. Hundreds of folded paper cranes in the shape of a flower, poetry, time capsules and musical compositions – comprise an exhibit of the human spirit. The exhibition, Seen and HeardThe Sacred Stories of Pediatric Nurses During the Pandemic, is part of a study that examined what 30 pediatric nurses experienced during 15 of the worst months of COVID-19.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date April 25, 2022
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COVID-19    Faculty

COVID-19 and How It’s Changed Nursing: A Two Year Reflection

In a recent NurseJournal article: the nursing landscape has significantly changed since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.


Author NurseJournal | Publish Date April 19, 2022
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Community    Faculty    Hot Topic

Nursing Burnout is Real. What Can Be Done?

They're exhausted. They dread going to work. Others are retiring early and quitting. Nurses all over the country are burned out. Three years into the pandemic, the toll of working short-staffed, without enough supplies and in crowded hospitals is overwhelming. Many nurses are simply not OK.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date April 18, 2022
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Alumni

From Vet Tech to Nurse

Like many nurses, Kyla Wulff, BSN, RN, found her way to nursing after working as a veterinary technician for eight years. As a registered vet tech, she discovered her love for medicine and science but was looking for increased responsibility and a fresh challenge.


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date April 13, 2022
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COVID-19    Faculty

Grand Rounds: The Value of Evidence During the Time of Global Pandemic

The March 2022 University of Colorado College of Nursing Grand Rounds presentation by Associate Professor Scott Harpin, PhD, MPH, RN, FNAP, tackled the topic of the Value of Evidence During the Time of a Global Pandemic. Dr. Harpin took the audience on a journey that made us question some of our beliefs about the science we have learned and lived during the last two years of the pandemic.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date April 12, 2022
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Alumni

2022 CU Nursing Alumni Association Awards

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2022 recipients of the CU College of Nursing Alumni Association Awards.


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Post-Baccalaureate Registered Nurse Residency

Fear. Trepidation. Excitement. All are natural emotions that nursing students face upon graduation. Doubting their readiness, many students ask themselves, “How am I ever going to be able to take on five patients at a time?”


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date March 24, 2022
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Alumni    Hot Topic

Grad Shares Tips on Getting Licensed Post Graduation

Christopher Battelli graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Colorado College of Nursing in December 2021. Before graduation, Battelli’s girlfriend was applying for admittance into fellowship programs and was accepted by Stanford Hospital in California. Their plan was to move from Colorado to California immediately after Battelli earned his BSN.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date March 21, 2022
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Faculty    Hot Topic

HOT TOPIC: New Bill About Abortion Rights in Colorado

Colorado could become a safe haven for women around the country if new legislation in the House makes it to the governor for a legal signature. House Bill 1279 will ensure every individual has the fundamental right to choose or refuse contraception; every individual who becomes pregnant has a fundamental right to choose to continue a pregnancy and give birth or to have an abortion; and a fertilized egg, embryo or fetus does not have independent rights under the laws of Colorado.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date March 14, 2022
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Alumni

Lifelong Learner Reinvents Herself as a Result of the Pandemic

“I always liked to study,” says University of Colorado College of Nursing alumna Noelle Dilgarde (DNP/MPH 2019, MS specializing in FNP 2014). But even for Dr. Dilgarde, earning a dual degree while working was a major challenge.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date March 07, 2022
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Faculty

COVID-19 Sparks Professors to Create Virtual Medical Emergencies for Students

The emergency room was overflowing with sick patients. The graduate nursing student had 15 minutes to figure out what was wrong with the deathly ill woman, consult with his colleagues, and get her help. With the clock ticking, he asked questions about her medical history and examined her.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date March 04, 2022
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Community    Alumni

Sheila Tann, ND Class of 1998, Finds Success During the Pandemic Through Telehealth

Sheila Tann, ND, APRN, CNS, CPNP-CP, found nursing after investigating the characteristics of various healthcare professions. The appeal for her was how nurses work with individuals, families, and communities. Nurses are trained to engage their patients differently from other providers, and for Dr. Tann, that sets them apart. She attests, “Nursing is the perfect combination of science and compassion.”


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date February 24, 2022
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Siblings Joint Gift Brings Nursing Education to the Four Corners

With their family’s roots in Southwest Colorado dating back to the early 20th century, Karen Zink and Steve Short are walking the walk of their ancestors. Their parents, Merl and Marilyn Short, taught the sister and brother the same values that their own parents and grandparents had imparted on them: serving others is why we’re here.


Author Joy Martin | Publish Date February 23, 2022
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CU College of Nursing Professor Proved to be a Force of Change for People with Intellectual Disability

When Marilyn Krajicek, EdD, RN, FAAN, was a young college student in Omaha, NE in the 1960s, a worldwide movement was underway to change the perception and treatment of people with intellectual disabilities. The movement, led by Eunice Kennedy Shriver, took a “bold new approach” to addressing the needs of the neglected population.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date February 14, 2022
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Press Releases    Clinics

Sheridan Health Services Assisting Patients to use Telehealth

AURORA, Colo. (February 11, 2022) The Sheridan Health Services (SHS), a neighborhood community health center operated by the University of Colorado College of Nursing, has launched a program with the Arapahoe Library District to assist patients in using telehealth services.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date February 11, 2022
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The University of Colorado College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus partners with Fort Lewis College to offer undergraduate nursing program in Durango

AURORA, Colo. (February 8, 2022)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 College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date February 07, 2022
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Press Releases    Alumni

CU College of Nursing Alumna Colleen Casper Honored by the American Association of Nurse Practitioners

AURORA, Colo. (February 1, 2022) – Colleen Casper, RN, MS, DNP, is the 2022 recipient of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) Award for Excellence for advocacy in the state of Colorado.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date February 03, 2022
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Despite a Growing Multiracial Population, Your Nurse Probably Does not Look Like You

AURORA, Colo. (January 31, 2022) While considerable funding has been spent to increase diversity in nursing programs, the number of non-white students in the United States only increased 6.6%, and ethnically diverse nursing faculty members increased just 5% in the last decade, according to a new article published in ScienceDirect.com, a multi-institution effort including researchers from the University of Colorado College of Nursing.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date January 31, 2022
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U.S. News and World Report Ranks CU Nursing as Top 15% for Best Online Master’s, and Top 15 for Leadership Programs in the U.S.

Aurora, Colo. (January 25, 2022) – A major publisher has ranked the University of Colorado College of Nursing online Master’s in nursing and leadership programs as among the best in the nation.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date January 25, 2022
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University of Colorado College of Nursing State of the College Address 2022

CU Nursing leadership presented a videotaped State of the College Address during today’s All College monthly meeting -- providing an update as to where we currently are and plans for the future.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date January 24, 2022
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Alumni

Remembering Alumna Anna Ottney Cain, MSN Class of 1959

Dr. Anna Ottney Cain was drawn to nursing through her passion for helping others. She earned her master’s degree in psychiatric nursing at the University of Colorado in 1959 and previously earned her bachelor’s in nursing at The Ohio State University in 1956.


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date January 07, 2022
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Faculty    Alumni    Students   

Celebrating the CU Nursing Alumni Association DAISY Awardees

Join us in celebrating Megan Champion and Chantal Dengah, the CU Nursing Alumni Association DAISY Awardees for 2021.


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date December 28, 2021
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CU Nursing Student Wins 2021 Woman Veteran of the Year Award in WI

A nursing student at the University of Colorado College of Nursing has been named the 2021 Woman Veteran of the Year in Wisconsin for her dedication to helping post-9/11 service members leave the military and make the transition to civilian life, her volunteer work and serving her country with the U.S. Army Reserve.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date December 22, 2021
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Press Releases    Faculty

Midwives are Burned Out - for Surprising Reasons

AURORA, Colo. (December 17, 2021) – A new study indicates 40% of midwives in the United States are burned out or stressed and exhausted, putting them at risk for making medical errors and missing necessary patient care.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date December 20, 2021
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Congratulations Fall 2021 CU Nursing Graduates!

Unexpected and unforgettable are two words that describe this past year. 2021 will be remembered as unique. We know it’s been challenging, and you and your classmates have stepped up during these extraordinary times.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date December 15, 2021
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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 December 14, 2021
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Never Too Late to Learn

When Jasmin Valdez Eastman was five years old, she told her family she wanted to be a “baby doc.” As a first grader, she checked out all the birthing books at her school library. For her high school senior project, she compared midwifery versus obstetric care. “I guess you could say, I’ve always been obsessed with pregnancy and birth,” says Eastman. You think?


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date December 13, 2021
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Nursing Behind Bars: Christina Messer

When RN to BS student Christina Messer first graduated with her associate degree in nursing in 2013 it was the tail end of the recession. At the time, Messer was a full-time student and mother, and like many people she was struggling financially. “I was applying everywhere.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date December 10, 2021
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Graduating Student Will Focus on Creating More Diversity in Nursing

War, terror, pain, death. It will change someone. It changed the course of Salwa Mourtada Bamba’s life when she was a child living with her family in Liberia, West Africa, and led her to study medicine in Colorado.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date December 08, 2021
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Ever Since She Can Remember, Danyelle Gilbert Wanted to be a Nurse

As a native Coloradan and first-generation college student, Gilbert was encouraged by her mother to pursue higher education, but it was her eldest sister who was the reason she wanted to become a nurse.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date December 06, 2021
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Alumni    Students

Four Questions with Lieutenant Colonel Christopher H. Stucky, BSN Class of 2001

Lieutenant Colonel Christopher H. Stucky, PhD, RN, CNOR, CSSM, CNAMB, RN-BC, NEA-BC discusses CU, his career, and his nursing inspirations.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date December 03, 2021
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Students    Vaccinations

Childhood Shaped His Perspective

Whether it’s learning to drive, graduating high school, or moving out, there’s a lot of freedom that comes with young adulthood. For Christopher Battelli, the transition from child to young adult meant the ability to make his own medical decisions.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date December 02, 2021
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Students

CU Nurse-Midwifery Student Dodges Boulders, Finds Route for Reaching Her Peak

For Chantal Dengah (BSN ’19), her master’s degree specializing in Nurse-Midwifery came with some “Indiana Jones moments.” Unexpected stressors arose for the University of Colorado College of Nursing student and single mother of three, especially as COVID crashed her entire graduate school experience, at times, turning her into “a ball of stress.”


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date November 29, 2021
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Press Releases    Alumni

CU College of Nursing Alumna Marnie McKercher Named School Nurse Administrator of the Year

AURORA, Colo.(November 10, 2021) – Marnie McKercher, DNP, recently received recognition as the 2021 School Nurse Administrator of the Year, presented by the Colorado Association of School Nurses.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date November 15, 2021
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First Time U.S. News & World Report Ranks Bachelor of Science in Nursing Programs

AURORA, Colo.(November 4, 2021)The University of Colorado College of Nursing is ranked the #31Best Bachelor of Science in Nursing programs,according to U.S. News & World Report’s 2022 Best Colleges rankings. This is the first time in the history of the rankings that the publication has rated undergraduate nursing programs.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date November 08, 2021
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Community    Students

Get to Know You - Kiera Connelly

Whether it’s taking a class, helping the disadvantaged or planning her future, Kiera Connelly likes to dive in deep. Before she started school at the University of Colorado College of Nursing, she worked  with the Colorado Coalition for the Homeless on the COVID Response Medical team.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date November 04, 2021
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Awareness    Special Interest

Dying with Dignity? Is it attainable even in a state where laws allow end of life options? My experience says no.

I had the privilege of being at the bedside for much of the time during my mother’s and sister-in-law’s passing. Unfortunately, not a lot has changed from Colorado to Iowa or in the nine years that have passed since my mother’s death and that of my sister-in-law.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date November 02, 2021
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Research    Faculty

The Top Moisturizers for Your Dry, Red, Itchy Skin without a Prescription

Just in time for winter when dry, cracked skin and eczema flare up most often, a new article by the University of Colorado College of Nursing helps consumers and providers by listing the most effective therapeutic moisturizers, their cost, and medication adherence levels. The article is expected to be used by nurses and doctors to better treat people with atopic dermatitis (AD), a common, chronic inflammatory skin disease that requires frequent moisturization to manage. 


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date October 29, 2021
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Faculty

Listening, Learning, Leadership

While any new job can be stressful, Dr. Kelly Stamp has taken on the challenge of leading academic programs at the University of Colorado College of Nursing during an ongoing pandemic, a nursing shortage and a changing profession. And the new associate professor with tenure and associate dean of academic programs is up for the challenge.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date October 22, 2021
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Press Releases    Faculty

Study Shows Nitrous Oxide Decreases Pain for Women in Labor at Any Altitude

AURORA, Colo. (October 6, 2021) – A notable study compared nitrous oxide use for pain relief during labor at institutions located at sea level versus high altitude. To date, no other publication has evaluated the impact of altitude when administering nitrous oxide for pain relief during labor. The study published in Anesthesia & Analgesia, with obstetric anesthesiologist, Cristina Wood, MD as lead author, found the gas is safe to use for pain and relaxation for women in labor whether they live in Florida or Colorado.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date October 13, 2021
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Special Interest    Child & Adolescent    Obesity

NRC Weighs in on Obesity Prevention in Early Childhood Education

Overweight and obesity often begin in early childhood and can have lasting negative effects on health and quality of life. One in eight low-income preschoolers in the U.S. is obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Children are five times more likely to be obese as adults if they’re overweight between the ages of three and five years. More than 10.5 million licensed child care slots across the nation are filled primarily by young children,1 including many of the most vulnerable and at- risk children who receive federally subsidized child care.2


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date October 12, 2021
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Students

Adoptee. Reservist. Scholar. Student.

This two-part video showcases how University of Colorado College of Nursing student Gabriel Toepel’s life has been a series of unfortunate/fortunate events. But despite setback and “what ifs”, Gabriel’s positivity shines through.  


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date September 30, 2021
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Alumni

3 Questions with Maddie Nichols, PNP Class of 1967

Maddie Nichols, PNP was part of the first Nurse Practitioner cohort of students led by renowned inventor of the NP Profession, Dr. Loretta C. Ford in 1965. Join us as we explore her journey throughout her nursing career.


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date September 16, 2021
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A Series of Unfortunate/Fortunate Events

Adopted at the age of two from a Japanese orphanage by American parents, Gabriel Toepel (born Tateshi Sakurai) was part of a military airlift in the 1990s. His adoptive parents were serving in the United States Navy and living in Japan at the time. Half Japanese and half Kenyan, Toepel was dropped off at Aikeikai Baby Home in Tokyo and subsequently adopted by the Toepels.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date September 14, 2021
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Press Releases    Faculty

University of Colorado Wins National Award for Study on Social Standing Among Assisted Living Residents

Aurora, CO (September 10, 2021) — A published study by researchers at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus has been selected by Mather Institute as a Silver Award recipient of the 2021 Innovative Research on Aging Awards.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date September 10, 2021
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Faculty

Taking Care of Neighbors in Times of Crisis is a Colorado Tradition

Coloradans take care of our neighbors in times of crisis. With Texas’ new abortion ban, Colorado needs to support the Texans who have been abandoned by their state. This is a crisis. We can help. And we should.


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Press Releases    Faculty

Women’s Health Issues Addresses Research and Policy Opportunities for Military Women’s Health

Aurora, CO (September 2, 2021) — A new supplement to the peer-reviewed journal Women’s Health Issues provides overviews of existing research on topics important to military women's health—ranging from sleep to sexual and reproductive health concerns—and identifies places where additional research and policy changes can improve health for this important population.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date September 03, 2021
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Patient Care    Community    Faculty   

"Say what?" Dental Students Learn High-pitched Drills Double the Risk of Hearing Loss Among Dentists

When Natalie Newton was a dental student on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, she worried about damaging her hearing as she and other students operated high-pitched handpieces (often referred to as drills) while they practiced fixing teeth.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date August 31, 2021
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Community    Faculty

Suicide Prevention Collaborative Wins National Award for Building Suicide Prevention Programs to Assist Veterans and Their Families

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has awarded the VA Patient Safety Center for Inquiry Suicide Prevention Collaborative (PSCI-SPC) and their community partners, including the University of Colorado College of Nursing, for implementing programs to reduce suicide among thousands of Colorado military veterans, their families and survivors.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date August 18, 2021
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University of Colorado Professor Flying High as She Joins Nation’s Most Accomplished Nursing Leaders

Three miles up and three miles down. Dr. Kathleen Flarity has skydived more than 2,500 times out of balloons, Russian helicopters and even two Boeing 727 airliners. She’s inspired her children to free fall. But perhaps the biggest thrill Flarity’s experiencing right now is getting selected to become a fellow at the American Academy of Nursing in October.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date August 05, 2021
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Alumni

Get to Know Our New CU Nursing Alumni Association Board Members

The CU College of Nursing Alumni Association Board of Directors is excited to announce six new outstanding members. Alumni members of the Board serve 3-year terms with an option for a second term. Please join us in welcoming these alumnae to the Board!


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date July 29, 2021
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Students

Nursing Student One of 30 in Nation to Win Prestigious Scholarship to Learn to Help the Mentally Ill

A student at the University of Colorado College of Nursing has been awarded a scholarship from the American Psychiatric Nurses Association (APNA) to study and eventually treat an epidemic of mental illness and suicide in Colorado. Julie Bremer was one of 30 student scholars chosen nationwide by APNA.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date July 22, 2021
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Mom, Son Overcome Obstacles During COVID-19 to Graduate at the Same Time

It was a promise between a mom and son that would prove to be much harder to keep than either could ever imagine. In the fall of 2017, Emily Barr made a deal with her son Maren (who goes by Michael), that’d they’d graduate together in the spring of 2021 and celebrate with a party.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date July 09, 2021
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Jonas Scholar to Help Veterans Battling Invisible Wounds of War

The American Revolution. World War II. The War on Terror. While millions of soldiers have been killed over the years, most casualties happen off the battlefield years later, quietly, without recognition or ceremony. Injuries, sickness, suicides, and homicides kill military members at a higher rate than combat – taking four out of five lives, according to the Defense Manpower Data Center.


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date July 01, 2021
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Students

An Officer and a Scholar

While on duty in Syria in 2017, insurgents routinely shot at U.S. Air Force nurse Damon Toczylowski and other military troops as they transported patients to safety in helicopters or fixed-wing airplanes. Now, years later as a first-year student at the University of Colorado College of Nursing, he remembers the chaos, the stress, the fear - and wants to help other military veterans.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date June 30, 2021
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New Nurses Need Specialized Training to Help Veterans with HIV/AIDS, says Jonas Scholar

Across the country, more than 30,000 soldiers fight an internal battle against the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) that turns their cells into factories that seize other cells and weaken their immune systems. If the veterans aren’t treated quickly, it can lead to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS), for which there is no cure.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date June 28, 2021
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Three CU Nursing students earn spots in VA Learning Opportunity Residency (VALOR) Program

For most college students, the summer between their junior and senior years is filled with part-time jobs and a break from school. But for three University of Colorado College of Nursing students — Dustin Bell, Jakob Nelsen, and Gabriel Toepel — their summer will be spent creating valuable working relationships, building a resume, and increasing clinical skills, clinical judgment, and critical thinking while caring for our nation’s veterans.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date June 22, 2021
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Press Releases    Faculty    Students

Three Doctoral Nursing Students Selected as Jonas Veteran Scholars

AURORA, CO, 6/14/2021– The University of Colorado College of Nursing is proud to announce it has been awarded a new grant of $45,000 from Jonas Philanthropies, a leading national philanthropic funder of graduate nursing education. Matched by $45,000 of its own monies, the grant will fund the scholarship of three University of Colorado College of Nursing doctoral nursing students in 2021.


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Press Releases    Faculty

"I Quit!"

AURORA, Colo. (June 14, 2021) – Even before patients overwhelmed emergency rooms with the novel coronavirus, nurses reported high levels of stress and depression, leading them to make more medical errors. In fact, a JAMA study reveals one-third of nurses who quit their jobs in 2018 cited burnout and a lack of good management and leadership as their reasons for leaving.


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Students

Congratulations Spring 2021 CU Nursing Graduates!

Extraordinary and memorable are two words that come to mind to describe this past year. 2020 – 2021 will be remembered as unique. We know it’s been challenging, and you and your classmates have stepped up during these extraordinary times. Your resilience will serve you well in the years to come.


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Patient Care    Faculty    Public Health

Sleepless and Sick

When John was in the hospital last month getting ready to have open heart surgery, he felt exhausted. It wasn’t just from his damaged heart. John couldn’t get enough sleep. As soon as he dozed off in the evenings, at least three medical professionals woke him up to take blood, deliver medicine and ask questions. John wondered why they couldn’t all come at once and let him get some rest. As it turns out, he’s not alone in that idea.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date May 20, 2021
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Students

A Call to Serve

From a young age, Colleen Waggoner, RN, BSN, has been fascinated with the complexities of our bodies, as well as our mind’s influence on our physical being. “For me, nursing is about using compassion, health expertise, and advocacy to promote wellness.”


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 17, 2021
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Honors student wants every voice to be heard

When Omarah Macias was in middle school, kids made fun of the way she spoke. She had learned most of her English and Spanish from her father, who had moved from Ecuador to New York when he was 14 without knowing the language. So, her voice had a unique sound with a Spanish and Bronx, New York accent.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date May 15, 2021
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Press Releases    Faculty

New University of Colorado College of Nursing study may help some people breathe easier, live longer

Aurora, Colo. (May 13, 2021) -- While news headlines report a lack of oxygen worldwide is affecting our ability to help critically ill COVID-19 patients, historically respiratory disease is the fourth leading cause of death in the United States (CDC).


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Making it Possible for Others to Pursue Nursing

Brandie Galicia’s love of nursing began at age 11 when her mother was diagnosed with a rare congenital disease in which brain tissue extends into the spinal canal.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 14, 2021
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Music to Her Ears – Helping patients and families cope with chronic illness and end-of-life care

Kerith Earlix spent more than 20 years as a music teacher and eventually owned her own music school. She took a few years off to raise her kids who are now 13, 14, 15 and 17. And then decided to do “something completely different.”


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 13, 2021
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Press Releases    COVID-19    Faculty

COVID-19 Pandemic Impacted Graduate Nursing Students at Work, Home, and School

AURORA, Colo. (May 12, 2021) – Researchers at the University of Colorado College of Nursing found that many of its graduate students suffered from increased stress after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Combining Creative Art with Chemotherapy

A 10-year-old girl smiles for the camera as she holds her artwork — a picture of a dangerous-looking creature — in front of her chest. Plastic tubes poke out from behind the masterpiece, covering her lap. Peach fuzz tops the little girl’s head as she beams up from her hospital chair.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 12, 2021
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Get to know Island Girl Seiloni Sanft

Seiloni Sanft moved to Colorado with her family from Tonga fifteen years ago. The move from the Polynesian kingdom of more than 170 South Pacific islands was a bit of a culture shock for the seven-year-old.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 11, 2021
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Military Legacy Pays Off

Coming from a military family, it’s no surprise that Andre Pacho, MS, RN, AGCNS-BC, CEN, TCRN, joined up as soon as he graduated from high school. The surprise is that he chose the Army, while his father, uncles, and brother are career Navy men.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 10, 2021
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Double Diplomas

Parents usually sit in the audience rooting on their sons and daughters as they walk the graduation stage and accept their diplomas. But this May, Julia Plotke will be right next to her daughter Abigael during the University of Colorado College of Nursing commencement ceremony and also graduate.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date May 09, 2021
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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.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 08, 2021
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Nursing Journey Begins During '08 Recession

Danielle Perley decided to pursue nursing after her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. “During her treatment, I got to know the nurses pretty well and appreciated the care she received.” Perley originally received a B.S. in Biology with a focus on genetics benchwork. “But after I got my degree, I couldn’t get a job due to the recession.” So, she pursued nursing and earned her second bachelor’s degree.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 05, 2021
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Press Releases    Faculty

CU College of Nursing professor named ‘2021 Nurse Educator of the Year’

AURORA, Colo. (April 19, 2021) – When COVID-19 swept across the world and wreaked havoc, students everywhere faced missing classes and graduation. But not in one program at the University of Colorado College of Nursing. Kim Paxton, DNP, APRN, developed a high-fidelity virtual simulation so nursing students could continue to learn reasoning skills, earn clinical hours, and attend their commencement ceremony.


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Faculty

Newly published article in the Journal of Professional Nursing states that racism keeps People of Color out of nursing profession

DENVER - A recent article by Susan Bonini, Ed.D., MSN, RN at the University of Colorado College of Nursing and published in the Journal of Professional Nursing, discusses the manifestations of whiteness and its effect on the profession of nursing.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date April 12, 2021
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Community    Faculty

Partnerships for Veteran & Military Health Conference Teaches Life Lessons for All

The first-ever Partnerships for Veteran & Military Health virtual conference is scheduled for April 23 – 24, 2021. With an emphasis on Inspiring a Community of Care and Connections, the conference includes nationally known speakers, panel discussions on topics ranging from PTSD to suicide awareness/prevention, and poster presentations.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date April 07, 2021
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Press Releases    Faculty

Nursing Graduate Students Report High Levels of Stress, Anxiety, Depression

AURORA, Colo. (March 30, 2021 – Researchers at the University of Colorado College of Nursing have found that nearly one-quarter of graduate nursing students have reported elevated levels of stress, anxiety and depression, compounded in the past year by the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Community    Faculty    Students

Program Helps Students as Much as the Seniors They Are Calling

“The nursing student connected so well with my mother that I requested she continue working with her even though a new cohort of students was supposed to take over,” said Natascha Palmer whose mother and father-in-law are both enrolled in the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus program that matches health care students with seniors.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date March 30, 2021
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Alumni

Three Questions With Alumna Dixie Melton, APRN

MS Class of 1988 and FNP Class of 1997 alumna, Dixie Melton, learned leadership from CU Nursing professors, ultimately leading to operating her own practice.


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date March 30, 2021
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Faculty

Want to Get Better? Tell Me Your Story.

When Joe went to the hospital with congestive heart failure, a nurse didn’t just ask him how he was. She also asked him who he was. Joe says that personal connection helped him cope with his mortality and terminal diagnosis.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date March 29, 2021
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Alumni

2021 Nursing Alumni Awards

The CU College of Nursing Alumni Association is recognizing four incredible alumni for their extraordinary contributions to the profession and community of nursing. The recipients will be celebrated at the CU Nursing Alumni Association Awards on June 10, 2021 at 5pm MDT.


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date March 24, 2021
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Community

More People Choosing to Take Care of Loved Ones at Home Rather Than Long-Term Care Facilities

“COVID helped persuade me to take my mother out of a nursing facility and move her into our home with hospice,” said Debbie Mitchell, who transitioned her 96-year-old mother from Anthem Memory Care in Littleton, Colorado to a private home setting in March 2020, just as the pandemic was beginning to hit.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date March 17, 2021
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Alumni

The Millionaire Next Door

When Sue Mower was cleaning out her cousin’s room at an assisted living facility where she lived prior to her death, she opened a kitchen cupboard and saw rows and rows of tiny disposable paper cups used to dispense medications. “I had to smile. It was a curious habit, but typical Evelyn,” said Mower.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date March 08, 2021
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Press Releases

Only 50% of CO clinicians are willing and able to counsel women on abortion

AURORA, Colo. (March 2, 2021) – Pregnant patients in Colorado may be told about parenting and adoption, but not abortion. This is according to a new study led by Kate Coleman-Minahan of the University of Colorado College of Nursing published in the Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health.


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CU Nursing Students to Present at NACNS Conference

Four students in the University of Colorado College of Nursing Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist master’s program are getting a taste of academic life by presenting research addressing commonly encountered problems in critical care settings. The students will present during the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS) annual conference March 9 – 11, 2021 that is being held virtually.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date February 23, 2021
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Alumni

Alumni Spotlight: Rhonda Whitten, BSN Class of 1978

Rhonda Whitten RN, CNM, APRN, has spent the majority of her career as a Midwife and a Women’s Health Practitioner. In March of 2020, Rhonda retired from the University of Cincinnati Hospital after caring for generations of women and their families.


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date February 17, 2021
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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 February 10, 2021
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Press Releases

Cambia Health Foundation Announces 12 New Sojourns® Scholars

Committed to advancing the field of palliative care, CU College of Nursing assistant professor Heather Coats joins 61 other scholars working to ensure people with serious illness and their caregivers live well.

See full press release: Sojourn 2020 Scholars PR 2021


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date January 28, 2021
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U.S. News and World Report Ranks CU in Top 20 for Best Online Nursing, Leadership Programs

Aurora, Colo. (January 26, 2021) – A major publisher has ranked the University of Colorado College of Nursing online Master’s in nursing and leadership programs as among the top 20 best in the nation.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date January 26, 2021
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Students

Crossroads leads to a change of direction

Like many nurses pursuing an advanced degree, Rafal Mirowski set his sights on attaining a nurse practitioner degree, specifically a DNP in adult-gerontology. After all, the NP degree is one of the most pursued advanced nursing degrees in America.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date January 25, 2021
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Press Releases    Faculty

Study Finds Real Life Makes Following Doctor’s Orders Difficult to Manage Chronic Disease

AURORA, Colo. (Jan. 19, 2021) - Many patients with chronic disease may intend to follow their doctor’s orders to diet, take their medicine and exercise, but a new study finds that everyday life often gets in the way. When that happens, the study found patients can become stressed and overwhelmed and might lie about dosing or even create their own remedies.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date January 19, 2021
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Alumni

Alumni Spotlight: Carol Harvey, MS, BSN, RNC-OB, C-EFM, CS

Carol Harvey, MS Class of 1983, has spent her life surrounded by “superwomen”. Her mother was a clinical nurse specialist who didn’t particularly want to see any of her four daughters go into nursing. Harvey watched her older sisters become an attorney, a civil engineer, and a chemical engineer.


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date December 30, 2020
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Students

Student DAISY Awardee: Leo Tyler

Leo Tyler is a University of Colorado Accelerated Nursing (UCAN) student graduating December 2020 and was recently awarded the DAISY Award for Extraordinary Nursing Students. Originally from Salt Lake City, Leo moved to Colorado with his husband five years ago.


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date December 23, 2020
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Guided by Mentors and Driven by the American Dream

Simply put, Kelly Prado is a bicultural and bilingual board-certified Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, but as one can guess, there was nothing simple about her journey to get there.


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date December 18, 2020
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First class in CU’s new doctorate program for health systems and leadership graduates

Three doctors, three different treatment plans. X-rays. MRIs. Referrals to new doctors and new examinations. Despite months of medical appointments, it will still be at least six more weeks until Alexis Koutlas knows the extent of her 83-year-old mom’s arthritis in her neck and how to treat it. And that, Alexis says, is not O.K.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date December 11, 2020
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Grandfather’s Stethoscope and Stories Spark Interest in Nursing

“My grandfather was a general surgeon, so I grew up around a medical mind and hearing his incredible stories,” said Renee Andrews. “I was probably two years old when Poppa Doc had me try his stethoscope for the first time. I was amazed when I could hear his heart beat so clearly.”


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date December 10, 2020
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From numbers cruncher to nurse – how one UCAN student discovered her passion and a second career

For Antoanela Findlay, nursing was not her first career choice. “I was an accountant. I love numbers, but it is very impersonal, and there’s a lack of human connection that I craved.”


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date December 10, 2020
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Congratulations Spring & Fall 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. 


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date December 10, 2020
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What do you do on Friday nights? One student helped premature babies fight for life

Most college students spend their Friday nights socializing and winding down from a long week of studying, not in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) cuddling babies.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date December 09, 2020
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When facing loss and heartache, nurse finds support from family, friends

While COVID-19 has hit many of us hard, Nurse Jeanne Burnkrant who works with people at the end of their lives, lost eight patients in April alone. She grieved. She missed them. But Jeanne never once questioned what she does or why she does it.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date December 08, 2020
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CU graduate goes full circle to discover his life purpose

Sometimes you have to find your own way. When Michael Morgan graduated high school, he knew he didn’t want to follow in his parents’ footsteps. His mom is a dental hygienist, and his dad has spent 30 years in a cardiac catheterization lab.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date December 04, 2020
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Hurricanes. Typhoons. Natural Disasters. When disaster strikes, who you gonna call? Lauren Ledford.

Lauren Ledford’s interest in natural disaster response began with a five-week search and rescue-training course in Colorado, and a stint coordinating an international program with pre-med students to Nicaragua.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date December 02, 2020
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Fighting for the Underserved

Born in Georgia, E’Jaaz Abdulkabir moved to the Virgin Islands at the age of 9. “Living in St. Croix was like living in a small town – surrounded by water,” said Abdulkabir. Her father was a physician. In fact, he was the attending physician during her birth and delivered her at home. For Abdulkabir, nursing was familiar and comfortable; and home births normal.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date December 02, 2020
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Compassion Without Fatigue

For Chris Griffin that is the question she posed during her PhD thesis presentation. A nurse at Children’s Colorado Hospital for the past 19 years, Griffin has had her share of intense heartache and joy. “We live these extremes every day. They aren’t fictional stories. They become a part of our consciousness and affect who we are,” said Griffin.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date December 01, 2020
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Research    Faculty

Suicide, Substance Use, and Homicide: Leading Causes of Maternal Death

Two CU Nursing faculty – Jessica Anderson and Brie Thumm – are members of the Colorado Maternal Mortality Review Committee, which was put into statute in May 2019 through the Maternal Mortality Prevention Act. The committee’s goals are to review causes of maternal deaths in Colorado and recommend ways to prevent such deaths in the future.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date November 30, 2020
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