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Summary of NSNA 2024 Convention

Despite tornado warnings, grounded planes, and many delays, Erin Newton and Joanne Leibowitz, CU nursing students, were able to represent the University of Colorado College of Nursing at the National Student Nursing Association (NSNA) 2024 Convention in Orlando, Florida (April 3-7, 2024).


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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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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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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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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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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    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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Faculty    Alumni    Students

CU College of Nursing’s Top 10 Stories of 2023

2023 is coming to a close, and the University of Colorado College of Nursing is looking back at our most popular stories of the year.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date December 18, 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

You Before Me

As a young man, Sam Wellman felt lost. While his friends were pursuing their dreams in college, Sam succumbed to ennui and despair. Without purpose or direction, he drank and drank. Until one day at the bottom of a shot glass, he realized he appreciated and admired the people helping him recover. They were nurses.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date December 06, 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    Graduation

Congratulations Fall 2023 CU Nursing Graduates!

Graduation is a major achievement, and it’s something all our graduates (and alumni) should be proud of. You’ve spent countless hours in class, studying, working on assignments, and attending clinicals. You’ve had to balance school, life, and work during your time at the University of Colorado College of Nursing.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date December 04, 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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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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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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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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Professor Inspires Students to Bridge Gap in Geriatric Nursing Shortage

Every day, we grow older. Who will take care of us?


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date October 12, 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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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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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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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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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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Press Releases    Students

Study Shows Agency Collaboration can Help Reduce Veteran Suicide

AURORA, Colo. (July 27, 2023) – Every day, the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) says 17 veterans take their own lives. More than half of them, 60%, never reached out to VA healthcare services before they committed suicide.


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Alumni    Students    Scholarship    Hot Topic

10 Tips to Find and Earn Scholarships for Nursing School

University of Colorado College of Nursing 2023 BSN graduate Mark Domingo received a transfer scholarship when he applied and was accepted to Anschutz Medical Campus BSN program and was grateful for it. “It certainly helped defray some of the costs of college.”


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date July 24, 2023
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Students    Graduation

‘Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day’ Inspires One Woman’s Career

Years ago, Marie Stahl saw her future during National Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day. As a front desk clerk at Denver Health, Stahl’s mother introduced her to life inside a hospital, and that made a positive impression on her to this day.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date May 15, 2023
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Students    Equity Diversity and Inclusion    Graduation

Graduate to Fight for More Diversity in Nursing

When Kimberly Morales-Ortiz was a child, she remembers going to a healthcare clinic with her grandmother who has diabetes. The nurses spoke Spanish with her grandmother, getting her engaged in her own treatment.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date May 15, 2023
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Students    Graduation

Like Mother, Like Son

While most kids were hanging out with friends in middle and high school, University of Colorado College of Nursing BSN candidate Mark Domingo and his two siblings were helping their mom take care of three elderly people who lived in their home. His mom Ruby was a certified caregiver. For 24-hours a day, 7 days a week, they helped her feed the patients, get them showered and dressed, and take them on walks. They treated them like family. The experience sparked Domingo’s passion for helping others.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date May 11, 2023
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Students    Graduation

Graduate Will Go the Distance to Care for Children and Their Families

One foot in front of the other. That’s the mindset Taylor Santangelo used to break two cross-country running records in high school, and what she thinks now as a clinical assistant in the pediatric intensive care unit when she faces children with acute and chronic conditions.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date May 09, 2023
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Former US Army Senior Combat Medic Applies War Experience to Become a Better Nurse

The enemy was relentless. In the Middle East in 2013, the Taliban fired weapons with bullets that could pierce the armored vehicles carrying Sgt. Billy Schwartz (aka “Doc”) and his fellow soldiers. The terrorists packed their vehicles with explosives and drove them at Schwartz’s US Army convoy. Tours of duty between Iraq and Afghanistan can make it challenging for soldiers’ transitioning from military to civilian life.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date May 04, 2023
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Practice Makes Perfect: What Piano Playing and the DNP Program Have in Common

As someone who has played piano since the age of 5, Ann Hefel likens part of her nursing education to mastering a musical composition.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date May 02, 2023
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Students    Graduation

Congratulations Spring 2023 CU Nursing Graduates!

Unexpected and unforgettable are two words that describe our graduates, their accomplishments, and activities of the past few years.


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Out of the Comfort Zone: Zhane Conner’s Journey

When Zhane Conner, CNA, officially earns her bachelor of science in nursing degree from the University of Colorado College of Nursing on May 22, it will mark another chapter in a life dedicated to serving others. But finding that passion didn’t necessarily come easily.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date April 27, 2023
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Living the Dream

When Melissa Sanchez was 8 years old, her mother separated from her father and emigrated from Colombia, South America to Miami, FL with her four kids for a “better life, better future and better education,” says Sanchez. “The country is beautiful and lush but impoverished, crippled by corruption and guerilla warfare. And my mother did not see much of a future there for us.”


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date April 24, 2023
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Dual Warrior: Black Belt Karate Student Gets Her Kicks From Nursing

Karate and nursing school may not seem to have much in common. However, both pursuits require consistent effort, a willingness to practice (and study), master skills, continuous learning, and a significant commitment of time, energy, and resources.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date April 20, 2023
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Students    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz

Major Molly Bried Embodies “Be All You Can Be”

For Active-Duty Army Major, single mother of two boys, and University of Colorado College of Nursing graduate student pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice and Master of Public Health degrees at Anschutz Medical Campus, Molly Bried exemplifies the US Army slogan “Be all you can be.”


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date April 18, 2023
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Alumni    Students

Residencies Help New Grads Transition from Student to Nurse

When Brittney Fuller (BSN ’22, RN) and Amanda Worley (BSN ’22, RN) graduated from the University of Colorado College of Nursing at Anschutz Medical Campus in May 2022, they had the knowledge they needed to be nurses. Yet, both preferred to transition into their careers gradually with more support and experience.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date March 21, 2023
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Bay Area Doctoral Student Focuses on Veterans’ Health Through a Mindful Lens

Complementary and integrative medicine modalities such as acupuncture, chiropractic care, massage therapy, and clinical hypnosis are increasingly available within the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, and Caitlin Hildebrand, NP, is helping to lead their roll-out.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date March 16, 2023
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Students    Hot Topic

Six Strategies to Afford Rising College Costs – from a Student Who’s Been There*

It may take Alex Morgan years after graduation to pay off tens of thousands of dollars in college loans. The 24-year-old senior at the University of Colorado College of Nursing at the Anschutz Medical Campus has taken out 25 grants and loans to pursue two bachelor of science degrees. One in biology and the second in nursing. While it may be more debt than other students have, they all face rising college tuition in the next four years, according to MEFA. Tuition at a national public four-year college for in-state residents will cost an average $24,000 this year and rise to more than $26,000 per year in 2026.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date March 06, 2023
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CU Nursing Grad Student Hears Calling to Child Welfare

Working in the child welfare system gave Laurie Andrews, MA, BSN, RN, an affinity for the parents and children she serves.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date February 17, 2023
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Alumni    Students

The Buddy System: Why Cohort Friendships Matter

Many things will come and go over a 30-year timespan, but friendships make an enduring impression.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date February 16, 2023
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Following Her Passion: Undergrad Finds Home in Colorado, CU Nursing

When you identify as a queer while growing up in a small, socially conservative town, you are highly motivated to live where you fit in. Fortunately, Tessa Cocchiara found herself, and her people, in other parts of the world – eventually landing in Colorado.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date January 27, 2023
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Kicking Off a Career: CU Nursing Student Scores with PNP-Primary Care Program

Soccer is still fresh on the minds of fans in the aftermath of the World Cup, but it’s always close to Jordan Knickerbocker’s heart.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date January 06, 2023
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Celebrating the 2022 CU Nursing Alumni Association DAISY Awardees

Join us in celebrating Taylor Santangelo and Michelle Jhong, the CU Nursing Alumni Association DAISY Awardees for 2022.


Author Katelyn Nolan | Publish Date January 04, 2023
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Students    ColoradoSPH at CU Anschutz

Public Health Nursing in The Last Frontier

You can’t complain about your commute after meeting Claire Geldhof. The dual-degree student with the University of Colorado College of Nursing Doctor of Nursing Practice and Colorado School of Public Health, takes courses online from her home in Alaska, sometimes jumping on seaplanes, and boats; walking when the roads end to take care of patients living in the bush.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date December 21, 2022
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Faculty    Alumni    Students

CU College of Nursing’s Top 5 Stories of 2022

We might remember 2022 as a year when we started to rebuild from the most serious public health crisis of our time.


Author College of Nursing Marketing | Publish Date December 19, 2022
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CU Nursing AGNP-PC Student Awarded Fellowship

Weeks before she graduates with a master’s degree from the  University of Colorado College of Nursing on December 17, Caitlin Hinz, BSN-RN, started participating in a fellowship that will prepare her for the next phase of her career. Hinz recently was awarded a Geriatric Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP) fellowship by the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date December 15, 2022
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Embracing the Life Cycle: Grad Aims to Blend Caring Science with Acute Care

One can experience some profound existential moments while riding a road bike up and down the Western Slope. For Kari Weirath, who co-owns a bicycle shop in Grand Junction with her husband, such moments became more frequent after completing her PhD in Caring Science at the University of Colorado College of Nursing in August and pondering the direction of her career of serving others.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date December 15, 2022
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The Dance of Life: CU Nursing Student Finds Her Groove in Zumba and Nursing

Whoever has danced up a sweat during a Zumba class knows what it’s like to work hard and play hard at the same time.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date December 14, 2022
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Congratulations Fall/Winter 2022 CU Nursing Graduates!

Unexpected and unforgettable are two words that describe our graduates, their accomplishments, and activities of the past few years. 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 13, 2022
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New marching orders for CU Nursing grad: train VA employees to better relate to veterans

Darcie Greuel is earning much more than a master of science degree with a concentration in Veteran and Military Health Care at the University of Colorado College of Nursing this December. The education also led her to create a quality improvement project that could ultimately change the way all employees in the Veterans Health Administration understand the veterans they serve.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date December 13, 2022
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First-Generation College Graduate Pays It Forward to Hispanic Community

First-generation college graduate Lori Duarte, RN, can’t seem to get enough education. With a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in liberal arts, her career and educational journey ultimately led her to nursing.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date December 12, 2022
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Hitting the Ground Running: DNP Student Applies Teachings to Healthcare Organization

In her role as a nurse practitioner, Amy Loomis (MSN ’16, AGNP-C) has established an impressive early career caring for older people. The daughter of a nurse, you could say her calling runs in the family.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date December 09, 2022
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A Natural-Born Nurse: Brooke Ingle Discovered Her Acumen for Caregiving the Hard Way

Thriving in chaos seems to be what Brooke Ingle does best. So naturally, she decided to become a nurse.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date December 08, 2022
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An Expert in Her Field: CU Nursing Student Builds on Her Military Experience

As far as her nursing passion is concerned, Margaret Buenemann’s life began in her 40s when she was commissioned as a U.S. Army Reserve nurse.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date December 07, 2022
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Finding Her Religion: UCAN Student Takes a Leap of Faith to Nursing Career

Becca Feldman earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies from CU Boulder in 2016, but she found her true calling in healthcare while working as a medical assistant for an ear, nose and throat specialist. Though much of her job was administrative, she got to help with some surgical procedures and remove stitches.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date December 06, 2022
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Shedding Light on Diabetes: CU Graduate Studies Insulin Resistance

Between residing in various rugged locations and earning numerous nursing-related degrees, diabetes has been a constant in Alicia Le Pard’s life.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date December 05, 2022
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From Breweries to the Bedside: Joshua Maner Scales Peaks in Work and Life

An avid climber, Joshua Maner figuratively rappelled from managing breweries to nursing in a fairly short time span. His life’s journey traversed from a 200-acre farmhouse in Tennessee to the East Coast, and finally to Colorado.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date December 02, 2022
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Alumni    Students

University of Colorado College of Nursing Takes Worry, Fear Out of Earning Degrees and Reaching Goals

Krystal Hidalgo was born during a short and cold winter in El Paso, Texas on the Mexican border to a struggling single mother of two. A gambler might have bet against her success, but would have lost. Today, after attending two unique educational pathways at the University of Colorado College of Nursing, Hidalgo is a Registered Nurse, has earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, and is working on an advanced Master of Science degree.


Author Deborah Sherman | Publish Date November 22, 2022
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Long-Distance Dedication: Student Pursues Nurse-Midwifery Program from Utah

You might say that Brittan Hosner, RN, discovered nursing by accident – specifically, an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) accident when she was only 13.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date November 11, 2022
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Exploring the Healing Power of Pets

From a young age, Anne Ingalls Gillespie, MSN, RN, cared deeply about animals and sick children.

“Growing up, kids would bring me injured birds and bunnies, and I would always try to fix them,” she remembers. “Originally, I wanted to be a veterinarian; but when I went to college I volunteered with a camp for children with cystic fibrosis, and I knew then that I wanted to help kids with chronic illnesses.”


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date October 28, 2022
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Students    Health equity    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

On Health & Equity: PhD Student Anthony Velasco Focuses on LGBTQ+ Communities

Just as Anthony Velasco’s healthcare research regarding the LGBTQ+ community is interesting, important, and unique, so is Anthony Velasco, NP.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date October 24, 2022
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Students    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

Go West, Young Nurse: Family Health Inspires Sam Moldo’s Professional Journey

Caring for the sick is the “calling” that nurses hear when embarking on their careers. Sam Moldo, RN, first heard that call at a young age after his mother was seriously injured in an automobile accident.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date October 18, 2022
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Grad Student Enjoys a Challenge in Work and Life

Allie Kraybill is not someone who travels on the path of least resistance. Growing up in Wilmington, N.C., she rode horses competitively through high school and college. As a junior in high school, Kraybill took the first step on a nursing path that has zigzagged from North Carolina to Minnesota to Colorado.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date October 10, 2022
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Student’s Local Roots Led Her to Nurse-Midwifery Program

From a strictly geographical standpoint, Stephanie Brooks, RN, BSN, hasn’t ventured very far. But in terms of her life, education, and career, she’s explored many new and exciting places.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date October 05, 2022
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Students    Equity Diversity and Inclusion

CU Nursing Student Challenges Nurse-Midwifery Gender Norms

The first thing most people might notice about Eric Alvarez, RN, SNM, as he listens attentively to a nurse-midwifery lecture, is that he seems to be the only guy in the room.

Historically, there are far fewer men in the nursing profession than women. According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, only 12% of working nurses are men. Percentage-wise, just 6% percent of nurse-midwives are men.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date October 04, 2022
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Daughter’s Birth Inspired Nurse-Midwifery Student’s Journey

Jessica Dean, BSN, was long intrigued by the field of nurse-midwifery, but the birth of her daughter made her a true believer.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date October 03, 2022
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Students    Giving

Scholarship Honors One Nurse’s Legacy, Helps Future Nurses

Helen Duff Reagan passed away in 1992, but her spirit lives – thanks to a scholarship established by her daughter, retired healthcare executive Kate Paul.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date September 27, 2022
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Alumni    Students

Adventures in Nursing: Finding Passion in Acute Care

Kate Redlinger fondly remembers the time when her mother was called away from a family gathering to take care of another family’s emergency.

“One Christmas Eve she got called in because there was an ectopic pregnancy and she had to save a woman’s life,” Redlinger recalls. “Despite the interruption of the holiday plans, I thought that was very cool.”


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date September 06, 2022
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Students    Global health nursing

Guatemala Course Helps Undergraduates Connect With Global Health

“Any global health experience helps you realize the commonalities and differences in healthcare throughout the world,” says Shannon Pirrie, DNP, CNM, Specialty Director of the Nurse-Midwife program at CU College of Nursing. “It’s pretty eye-opening to see the work folks do in other countries with much less resources and education than we have.”


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date August 05, 2022
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Faculty    Students

Two CU Nursing Faculty, Alumnus Among 2022 AAN Fellows

The American Academy of Nursing (AAN) selected University of Colorado College of Nursing faculty Rosario Medina and Heather Coats and alumnus Lt. Col. Christopher Stucky among 250 distinguished nurse leaders to be inducted into the 2022 Class of Fellows.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date August 01, 2022
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CU Nursing Students Going to Washington for AACN Conference

 

All-expense-paid trips aren’t generally listed among the many benefits of pursuing an advanced degree at the University of Colorado College of Nursing. However, there are exceptions -- as Nylah Bass, RN, BSN and Charlotte Weiss, MSN, RN, ACNP, recently learned.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date July 27, 2022
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All In the Line of Duty: Raiza Deyto Named First CU Nursing COMBAT Scholar

Growing up as a Filipino American in Milpitas, Calif., Capt. Raiza Deyto RN, BSN, wanted to walk a different path than her predecessors who gravitated to the nursing field.


Author Bob Mook | Publish Date July 20, 2022
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Bioengineering and Nursing Students Collaborate to Test Devices, Improve Patient Outcomes

When University of Colorado College of Nursing student Rebecca Feldman was delivering hydromorphone through an intravenous drip to an injured patient, the new medical device she was using started flashing “Occluded! Occluded!” For a moment, she didn’t know what to do. Fortunately, it was just a test. Feldman was taking part in an exercise with other nursing and bioengineering students at the University of Colorado to test medical devices and improve healthcare.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date July 07, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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CU Nursing Student Gets Top Coach to Mentor Her. The Dean Himself.

Given all the work that deans do, it is unusual for one to take it upon himself to provide clinical oversight and precept a student. The University of Colorado College of Nursing Dean Elias Provencio-Vasquez tends to do the unexpected. “We were thrilled when Dean Eli offered to precept a student during our flu clinic,” said Director of the Campus Health Center Emily Cheshire, DNP.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date October 30, 2020
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Not Lost in Translation

As a child, Ashley Chacon Percival became her family’s interpreter; helping her Spanish speaking parents navigate the health care system. At 8 years old, she was accompanying them to medical appointments, interpreting and translating for them, and when her father suffered a stroke she attended his specialty appointments with him.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date October 26, 2020
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Never Too Late to Pursue Your Dreams

Jessica Cumley’s journey to midwifery began 12 years ago with the birth of her son. “It was the most empowering experience I have ever had. I loved my care so much that I wanted to become a midwife and share that with others,” she said. Now enrolled in the University of Colorado College of Nursing Midwifery program and 32 weeks pregnant, Cumley wonders why it took her so long.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date October 07, 2020
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CU Nursing Master’s Student Uses Front Line Experience with Coronavirus as Basis for Capstone Project

“In May and June I felt my whole world tumbling,” said CU Nursing master’s student and nurse manager Stephanie Lee. An iLEAD (Innovation in Leadership and Administration in Nursing Health Care Systems) master’s student, Lee was entering her final course in the specialized track, when coronavirus hit.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date August 18, 2020
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Alumna Recognized by National Association of Hispanic Nurses with Latino Legacy Award

CU Nursing alumna Ruby Martinez, PhD, RN, was recently awarded the 2020 Latino Legacy Award from the National Association of Hispanic Nurses (NAHN). Each year at the national conference, NAHN recognizes one member who has contributed to the nursing profession with commitment to advancing the health in Hispanic communities and to lead, promote and advocate the educational, professional, and leadership opportunities for Hispanic nurses. Like many national conferences, this year’s NAHN conference was held virtually in July due to coronavirus.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date August 13, 2020
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Business Woman. Entrepreneur. Mother. Active Volunteer. Soon-to-be Nurse.

Volunteering is in Carrie Brouillette’s nature. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the nursing student has marshaled her neighbors to donate fabric and created a mini assembly line to make cloth masks. “My mother is an incredible seamstress. So I measured and cut, and she sewed,” said Brouillette. The two churned out about 600 cloth masks in their makeshift in-home manufacturing facility! And that’s not all. Brouillette also volunteered at a homeless shelter with the intent of learning how to be a better nurse.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date August 10, 2020
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The “Right Stuff”

In 2015, Josh Simpson’s world stopped. Soon after the birth of his youngest daughter, his 33-year-old wife received an earth-shattering diagnosis -- breast cancer. Originally misdiagnosed as clogged milk ducts, the diagnosis came after she switched doctors, and a subsequent biopsy. “I can’t tell you how many times people have said that you don’t typically get breast cancer while breastfeeding. One thing I discovered is that there is no normal with breast cancer,” said Simpson.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date July 16, 2020
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Community    Faculty    Students

White Coats for Black Lives – A Movement, Not a Moment

Since George Floyd’s killing at the hands of police on May 25, and the senseless deaths of Ahmaud Arbery and Breonna Taylor and others, the country has been struggling with how to support the Black community while demanding change. One thing is clear – something seems different than all the other protests and events that have preceded it. The protests are larger, more vocal, more frequent, diverse, and persistent.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date June 25, 2020
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Grandmother’s prediction puts student on nursing path

As Liz Phelps opened her book bundle from CU College of Nursing, she began to cry. An unexpected gift from the College and the Alumni Association was included with her books – a stethoscope. “When I opened the stethoscope and saw the note I, to be honest, immediately started to cry. The fact that nurses who once stood in my shoes would be willing to lend a hand to their future colleagues made me proud of this profession that I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to enter into,” said Phelps.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date June 17, 2020
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Nursing students address common issues in critical care practice and provide solutions in published articles 

Two students in the University of Colorado College of Nursing Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist master’s program, Cailly Haning and Cassie Lang, recently published articles about their experiences addressing commonly encountered problems in critical care settings –  from oral hygiene with stroke patients to controlling postoperative pain. Haning, MSN, RN, ACCNS-AG, CCRN, and a critical care nurse at Swedish Hospital analyzed hospital-acquired infections due to poor oral hygiene after a stroke. Lang, MSN, CNS, ACCNS-AG, CCRN, a critical care clinical nurse specialist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center looked at harnessing a variety of pain management therapies after surgery (acetaminophen, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, cold and music therapy) to reduce overall opioid consumption.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date June 11, 2020
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Campus Life    Students

Class of 2020 – Coronavirus Impacts Spring Commencement

The impact of coronavirus on our students has been far reaching. Clinics and inpatient facilities where our students typically complete their clinical hours shifted their focus to caring for coronavirus patients and suspended training.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 28, 2020
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Out of Africa

Seventeen years ago, Eaba Dechasa arrived in America from Ethiopia with his family. His father was a geologist. His mother a teacher. The Dechasas came to America through the Diversity Immigrant Visa program (also known as the visa lottery), which provides up to 50,000 immigrant visas each year. Drawn from random selection among all entries, the visas are awarded to individuals who are from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States. Distributed among six geographic regions, no single country can receive more than 7% of the available DVs in any one year.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 18, 2020
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A Legacy of Caring

Born into a service-oriented family with strong roots in pediatric cardiology, China Opland knew from a young age that her path would focus on giving. Her maternal grandmother Francine Leca, the first female cardiac surgeon in France, founded Mécénat Chirurgerie Cardiaque in 1996 –  an organization well known throughout the world for providing free heart surgery to children in need.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 15, 2020
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Student Persevered in Spite of Cancer Diagnosis

Sara Schwartz had a bumpy start to her nursing degree. Notified 14 days prior to the start of orientation that she was accepted into CU Nursing, she drove to Colorado from California. “I was homeless for a week and planned to live in my car,” she said. Fortunately, she met a girl during orientation whose family allowed her to live in their basement. 


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 13, 2020
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Adoption Leads to Compassion and a Calling

All he wanted was a plastic toy car. At 4 years old, that was what Josh Harrington wanted and he was going to get it.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 13, 2020
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Second or third career, but who’s counting?

For 15 years, Bill Martchenke was a high school and middle school teacher. A devoted teacher, he regularly worked 12-14 hour days. When his wife became pregnant with their first son, he couldn’t justify it any longer and got a job working for Kaiser Permanente in their electronic medical record (EMR) department training nurses on the system. After supporting the hospital for five months, “I recognized nurses had the greatest job in the world and why wasn’t I doing this?”


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 12, 2020
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Helicopter Pilot Comes Full Circle to Become a Nurse

Eleven years ago, Erika Vaske was on a two-year waitlist to get into a nursing program. “A lot of my inspiration came from my mom, who has been a nurse’s aid for over 35 years,” she said. For Vaske, the wait was “interminable.” So she chose another path -- changed majors and earned a bachelor’s degree in social work.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 12, 2020
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Proud Papa

Originally trained as a physical therapist in her homeland of Germany, Sabs Sheppard chose nursing after moving to the U.S. 12 years ago. After working with nurses for years, she realized that the profession more closely aligned with her goals and ambitions to work in critical care. 


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 12, 2020
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Bias Lives Anywhere

Pam:  So, uh, Greg. How’s your job?
Greg:  Um, good, Pam. Thanks for asking. I recently got transferred to triage.
Dina: Oh, is that better than a nurse?
Pam: No, Mom, triage is a unit of the E.R. It’s where all the top nurses work.
Greg:  Well—
Pam:  No, they do.
Jack: Not many men in your profession, though, are there, Greg?
Greg:  No, Jack, not traditionally.
Jack:  Mm-hmm.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 12, 2020
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A Dreamer before Dreamers

Arriving in the U.S. at age 4 from Colombia, South America, Kay Maldonado knew when she graduated from high school that challenges would lie ahead.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 12, 2020
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Mental Health Struggles Lead to a PhD in Caring Science

Struggling with depression as a teenager, Rachel Johnson came to a pivotal moment in her young life.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 11, 2020
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Community    COVID-19    Students

Serendipity

When Captain Taylor Allen, BSN, RN, arrived in Denver in March for an internship with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) before entering CU Nursing’s Master’s program, she never thought her army experience would be in demand. Boy was she wrong.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date April 20, 2020
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Students

Great News for our CU Nursing Students and Alums

With the help of University of Colorado leadership, CU Nursing faculty, lobbyists, and State Representatives and Senators, Governor Jared Polis signed Executive Order D 2020 038 on April 15, 2020 to temporarily suspend State Board of Nursing statutes in order to expand the health care workforce. The Order temporarily suspends some State Board of Nursing rules for nursing programs. This allows our students to complete their programs in a timely fashion to help fight the Covid-19 outbreak, and also addresses the current nursing workforce needs in the state of Colorado.


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Students

Thoughts on Nepal

Combining my passion for nursing with the unreal setting of Nepal -- a place that I have wanted to visit for so many years -- was a dream come true!


Author Guest Contributor | Publish Date April 16, 2020
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Community    COVID-19    Students

Nurse’s Action Gets Results

When CU Nursing PhD student Brittni Goodwin, MSN, RN, realized there weren’t enough N95 masks for her colleagues at area hospitals, she went to work to get the needed supplies. Like many health care professionals, Goodwin felt the need to help co-workers who were being stretched so intensely during the Covid-19 outbreak. “It’s a bit like survivor’s guilt. I felt I wasn’t doing enough,” said Goodwin.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date April 13, 2020
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Campus Life    Students

Celebrating You - Class of 2020

4/10/20 - CU Anschutz Student Parking Refund


Dear CU Anschutz Students,

As the Chancellor’s communication outlined yesterday, the Parking Department will be refunding all students on the Anschutz Medical Campus for any parking permit fees that were paid in advance from March 16, 2020 forward. This process will begin immediately, but will take time to complete as we must review each student account individually to determine the refund amount that is due. All refunds will be mailed to students in the form of a check to the current address on file. In order to ensure the most timely and accurate return of funds, we ask you to review your parking account online and provide the most current mailing address. We know that this pandemic has caused a great deal of change in your world and we are committed to returning funds as quickly as we can.  Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. It is our goal to have all refunds issued by the end of April. If you have an questions regarding this communique and your specific situation, please contact the parking office at (303)724-2555 or by email to CUParking@cuanschutz.edu.


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Faculty    Alumni    Students

Join CU Nursing and Seedworks Films for a Virtual Film Fest

Please join us for a virtual film festival, presented by CU Nursing and Seedworks Films.

Similar to a book club, participants are encouraged to watch one of the following documentaries and then join us via Zoom Sundays at 3 p.m. (MST) for a lively chat hosted by Sue Hagedorn, PhD, RN, FAANP, FAAN. These "fireside" chats will include special guests Drs. Loretta Ford, Ginny Pepper, Jean Watson, Ms. Karen Zink and Dixie Melton, and Daniel Weinschenker. You're not going to want to miss it!


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date April 03, 2020
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Students

The New Normal for our CU Students

We asked our current student workers at CU Nursing how they are handling the new normal. See how a few of our students are making their new normal work for them.


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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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Students

CU Nursing educates tomorrow’s front-line providers en masse in Mental Health First Aid

Like most of her classmates, Emma Bielfeldt struggled to finish her thought as she answered her fellow student’s question. She faltered, tried again and finally gave up, laughing at her inability to speak coherently. It’s hard to think straight when someone is whispering orders in your ear.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date January 31, 2020
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Campus Life    Students

Nursing student holds unusual side job: She’s a mermaid

She hails from Denver, not Atlantica. She swims in an encased pool, not an ocean. And although she maybe thinks he is, her dad is not a king.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date January 15, 2020
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Campus Life    Students

From morgue to nursing, student finds true calling

Growing up in a rough Denver neighborhood, Crystal Santos chose forensics as her future profession early on. She wanted to help people find closure after losing loved ones, especially to violence.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date January 15, 2020
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Students

Colorado Daredevil Graduates

“I grew up racing mountain bikes and cross country Nordic skiing in Eagle,” said Clare Baker. The two sports took their toll on Baker’s body. 


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date January 02, 2020
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Graduate leaves mental health legacy

When College of Nursing student Elizabeth DePalma, (MSN, ’18), graduates with her DNP and takes off into the wild, blue yonder, she will leave behind a potentially life-saving legacy.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date December 13, 2019
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Nursing fits graduate’s caring nature

On Dec. 14, when Gurpreet Cheema accepts his nursing diploma on the stage in the Colorado Convention Center, it will be his second major life-changing ceremony this year.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date December 13, 2019
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Campus Life    Students

“The details of my life are quite inconsequential…very well, where do I begin?”

Teacher. Waiter. Insurance Agent. Yoga Instructor. Massage Therapist. CNA. And, soon-to-be nurse. If it seems as if Alex Wilson has led an interesting life, you’d be right.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date December 12, 2019
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Students

Turning Point

“Nursing kept calling me and I finally answered,” said Christopher Heftka. After 13 years as a professional ski patroller and a stint as a firefighter, Heftka made the tough decision to switch to a nursing career.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date December 11, 2019
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Students

CU Nursing takes maternal health researcher to the clinical side

She cannot quite put her finger on why, but Claire Donovan always knew she wanted to help the underserved.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date December 11, 2019
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Students

CU Nursing students transform health — even before they graduate

Air Force scholarship recipient leaves mental health program behind


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date December 06, 2019
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Campus Life    Students

Luncheon honors CU Nursing scholars, profession

After 27 years with the University of Colorado working on all four campuses, Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff Leonard Dinegar told a group gathered for the College of Nursing Scholarship Luncheon on Nov. 22 that CU Nursing held a special place in his heart.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date December 02, 2019
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Students find new skills, life lessons during Ecuador clinical trip

Exquisite chocolate, stunning views and comprehensive reproductive health services colored a clinical experience in the lush lands of Ecuador, according to students who took part in the Global Health Nursing program last May. Combined with the intensive work, the cultural immersion made for a life-changing experience, they said.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 28, 2019
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Alumni    Students

Nurse-Midwifery graduate wins Fulbright, studies traditional midwives of Ecuador

For the next 10 months, University of Colorado College of Nursing alumna Heather Mena (MSN, ’18) will roam the jungles and traverse the hills of Ecuador, learning the tricks of her trade from native women intent on saving their ancestral tradition.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date October 04, 2019
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Research    Faculty    Students

Creepy creatures, dangerous stigmas & deadly oversights

“This is the hardest thing I’ve done in years.”

Those were the words of one of four judges who had the task of perusing, paring and picking just three winners from two dozen posters lining the Education 2 North-South Bridge on Sept. 5.

Bachelor’s, master’s, DNP and PhD students were all represented at the event, which kicked off the first-ever College of Nursing’s Research and Scholarship Symposium on Sept. 6 and highlighted the level of scholarship among its students. CU Data Science to Patient Value (D2V) co-sponsored the symposium.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 12, 2019
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Research    Students

Welcomes, awards and tunes greet doctoral students

New and returning doctoral students were welcomed back Tuesday morning with a table of gold sunglasses, a buffet of steaming food and a playlist of eclectic songs, from Pharrell Williams to Kool & the Gang.

Hosted each year by the College of Nursing’s Office of Admissions and Student Affairs team, the breakfast kicks off a week of events focused on connecting new PhD students with returning students. This year, the Health Systems Leadership DNP students were also invited.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date September 04, 2019
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Passing the torch: Mothers inspire daughters in nursing careers

Growing up with two heroes — a firefighter dad and a nurse mom — Lindsey Tarasenko knew early on that she wanted a job focused on giving back.

For Martha Grubaugh, there were some early signs, including being the go-to girl in the neighborhood when the area kids got hurt.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date August 26, 2019
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Alumni    Students

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. Encouraged by a physician, Enloe-Miller applied twice to the University of Colorado School of Nursing’s Nurse Practitioner program and graduated in 1971.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date August 08, 2019
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Faculty    Students

Top honors, school spirit, powerful research:

University of Colorado College of Nursing students displayed a slate of promising research at this year’s Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) Conference in San Diego in April, with topics ranging from halting the spread of HIV to easing the minds of kids with cancer.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 14, 2019
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Campus Life    Students

With a beacon of light, CU Nursing ushers in next generation of caregivers

Vowing to serve with honor, CU Nursing’s newest group of 188 students was ceremonially launched down the path to becoming part of a “sacred practice” at the May 31 Nightingale Ceremony.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date June 06, 2019
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Students

Born to Lead

After graduating from CSU Pueblo’s accelerated nursing program in June 2013, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) student Terra Share worked as a psych mental health nurse. “The experience really set the stage for me to pursue a graduate degree,” said Share.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 21, 2019
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From Guatemala to dark world of sex-trafficking, experiences ignite grad’s community nursing goal

After working with a medical team in the secluded villages of Guatemala, Rebecca Harmon finally listened to her mother. Seeing the sick, poverty-stricken people in such dire need of health care, she made the decision to follow in her mom’s footsteps and become a nurse.


Author Debra Melani | Publish Date May 21, 2019
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Get to Know Marvin Mendez

Honors student, rollerblader, snowboarder, and soon-to-be nurse, Marvin Mendez recently presented research at the Western Institute of Nursing (WIN) Conference.


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 20, 2019
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Students

Get to Know Martha Grubaugh, PhD

According to Grubaugh, obtaining her PhD was a lesson in endurance. “Life happens and you need to go with the flow.” And “go with the flow” is what Grubaugh did during the nearly five years it took to earn her PhD. 


Author Dana Brandorff | Publish Date May 20, 2019
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