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Molly Smerika

Molly Smerika

Community    Community Health    Substance Use Disorders

Parenting While in Recovery

According to the Maternal Mortality in Colorado report, the number one cause of pregnancy-associated deaths (deaths that happen during pregnancy or within one year after the end of pregnancy) in the state were suicide and unintentional overdoses.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date June 17, 2024
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Research    COVID-19    Faculty

Lingering Effects of COVID-19

Nursing school is stressful. And when you add in a global pandemic, it adds another layer to an already complex situation.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date June 11, 2024
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Faculty

Honored By Her Peers

“It’s very touching and I’m beyond honored by this recognition.”


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date June 10, 2024
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Education    Students

Learning From the Best

The University of Colorado College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus invented the nurse practitioner role. In aligning with the college’s initiative to expand its global healthcare reach and education, it makes sense the college wants to expand its knowledge to other parts of the world.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date June 04, 2024
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Alumni    Students

Planting the Seeds of Health

Becca Miles, BSN, RN, always knew she would have a healthcare career, but she didn’t know she would become a public health nurse.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date May 30, 2024
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Alumni

Compassionate Care

Michelle Brower and Brigid Reilly spent just an hour or two with a patient back at the end of January.


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date May 22, 2024
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Students    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    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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Students    Graduation

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    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    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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Students    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    Graduation

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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Students    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    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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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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Education    Faculty   

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    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

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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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    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

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    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

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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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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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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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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Students

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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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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Students    Graduation

“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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Students    Graduation

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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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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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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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    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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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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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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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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