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Congratulations 2020 CU Nursing Graduates!

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

Alumni

Alumni Spotlight: Nancy Niles Frost

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

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


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date March 16, 2020
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Alumni

What we can learn from the past to deal with coronavirus

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


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date March 11, 2020
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Faculty

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

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


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date March 06, 2020
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Alumni

RN to BSN program opens doors to fulfill career goal

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


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

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

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


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Alumni

Alumni Spotlight: 3 Questions with Jillian Williams

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


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date February 25, 2020
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Faculty

Nurse-Midwifery Program Gives Birth to Forty Years of Firsts

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


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

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

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


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

Never Give Up

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


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date February 13, 2020
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College of Nursing In the News

Denver Business Journal

Sheridan Health Services receives federal funding to help with Coronavirus response

news outletDenver Business Journal
Publish DateMarch 26, 2020

Sheridan Health Services receives federal funding to help with Coronavirus response. Learn more about the organizations who recently received funds.

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The Talbot Spy

Letter from Toronto: An Infectious Diseases Specialist Reflects on COVID-19

news outletThe Talbot Spy
Publish DateMarch 16, 2020

Loretta Ford, the inventor of the Nurse Practitioner, forwarded an important message in these times of uncertainty and fear. Read this open letter from Dr. Sharkawy, an infectious disease specialist, who provides perspective on Covid-19.

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