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Deborah Sherman


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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   

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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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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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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