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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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Education    Students

Bringing Midwifery Care to Rural Colorado

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


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

Top Vaccines For Older Adults to Consider and Why

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


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Education    Community

Preventing Overdoses

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


Author Molly Smerika | Publish Date October 19, 2023
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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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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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Education    Community    Faculty    Veteran and Military Health

New Art Exhibit Highlights Colorado Veterans

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


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

CU Nursing in the Last 25 Years and Beyond

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


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date September 05, 2023
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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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Education    Alumni

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

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


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date July 10, 2023
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Education    Faculty

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

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


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

Hot Topics in Nursing: Peer-to-Peer Wisdom

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


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date June 26, 2023
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Education    Alumni

1973-1998: Growing Pains and Caring Science

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


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date May 31, 2023
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Education    Alumni

1898-1948: The Dawn of CU Nursing

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


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date April 10, 2023
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Education    Community    Faculty   

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

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


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date March 27, 2023
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Education    Faculty

Celebrating 125 Years of CU Nursing

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


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Education    Alumni

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

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


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

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

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


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date February 07, 2023
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Education    Alumni

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

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


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date February 01, 2023
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Education    Community   

Innovative Nursing Program to Build 4 Corners Workforce

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


Author Op-ed | Publish Date January 30, 2023
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Education    Community   

Building Bridges to Prevent People from ‘Jumping Off’ Bridges

Kevin Hines’ life certainly should have ended the day he threw himself off San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge.

Fortunately, he had a revelation the millisecond he took the jump and lived to tell his story with the mission of educating and inspiring others on what literally pushed him to the edge and what he’s learned through surviving.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date September 01, 2022
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Urban-Rural Partnership Receives $1.7M Grant From Colorado Health Foundation

An innovative partnership between Durango-based Fort Lewis College and the University of Colorado College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus recently got a significant gift from the Colorado Health Foundation.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date August 16, 2022
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Education    Faculty

A 21st Century Renaissance Man: Sean M. Reed Puts Diverse Experience to Work

Curiosity led Sean M. Reed, PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC, ACHPN, FCNS, SGAHN, through a unique labyrinth of careers and interests -- including business, massage therapy, nursing, research and education.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date August 11, 2022
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Education    Students

CU Nursing ranked #8 for Nurse Midwifery program and top 10% for Master’s in Nursing

Aurora, Colo. (March 19, 2020) -- The University of Colorado College of Nursing has received a #8 placement for its Nurse-Midwifery program, and a top 10% ranking for its Master’s in Nursing program, according to U.S. News & World Report. The Master’s program was ranked against 578 programs, while the Nurse-Midwifery program was compared 36 programs throughout the country. In addition, the Doctor of Nurse Practitioner program ranked #48 out of 319 programs, placing it in the top 15% of DNP programs. The 2021 rankings were released on March 18.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date March 19, 2020
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Education    Faculty

Mental health issues take center stage. CU Nursing program responds.

Issues challenging today’s nurse practitioners were unheard of when pioneer Loretta Ford co-founded the first-ever nurse practitioner program at the University of Colorado in 1965.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 24, 2019
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Education    Faculty    Students

Learning Technique Brings Hollywood to the Classroom

Textbooks are no longer the primary source of education in the classroom. CU Nursing includes traditional lectures, simulations, practical clinical experiences, and physical transformations of faculty into patients.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date April 05, 2019
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Education

U.S. News Ranks CU Nursing Online Program as #4 in the Nation

U.S. News announced the 2019 Best Online Programs in the country and the University of Colorado College of Nursing online master’s in nursing ranked as one of the top in the nation at #4.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date January 17, 2019
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Education    Faculty

5 Reasons Why Nursing School Accreditation Is Important for The Future Of Nursing Schools

As the top nursing school in Colorado, maintaining our standards through the process of accreditation helps us to improve our programs, prepare more high-quality future nurses, and provide the best nursing education. Every 10 years, CU Nursing must undergo the accreditation process that is conducted by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) to maintain our programs and status as a nursing school. Preparing for an accreditation involves faculty and staff comprehensively in institutional evaluation and planning review, and creates a culture of continuous improvement and quality improvement


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date January 11, 2019
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Campus Life    Education

Renowned Futurist and Medical Economist Jeff Bauer to Visit CU Anschutz

Internationally recognized, independent health futurist and accomplished writer Jeffrey C. Bauer, PhD, will be in Colorado Feb. 4-5 to highlight his life-long work about health care and the new realm of possibilities for nurse practitioners and other qualified non-physician practitioners who are qualified to provide health care without supervision by physicians. Ever since his book, “Not What the Doctor Ordered” hit newsstands 25 years ago, Dr. Bauer has been in demand as a featured speaker at national conferences presenting the topic of enduring health reform and discussing ways to improve the medical marketplace.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date January 03, 2019
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