|Veterans' Action League 2017 Retreat|
In August, the Veterans' Action League met in Denver to discuss the future of the project and network over dinner.
|Students, staff attend intensive at Hazelden Betty Ford Center|
The Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation is the largest nonprofit drug and alcohol treatment organization in the United States providing treatment, education, and advocacy for individuals, families, and communities affected by addiction. In February and March of 2017, a group of University of Colorado College of Nursing students and employees had the privilege to travel to the Betty Ford Center in Rancho Mirage, California for a week-long educational intensive on addiction diagnosis and treatment.
|Jankowski awarded NIH R01 funding for bone density study|
A new R01 project, “DHEA Augmentation of Musculoskeletal Adaptations to Exercise in Older Women,” led by CU College of Nursing Associate Professor Kathy Jankowski, PhD, FACSM, will attempt to show whether dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) will provide estrogenic and androgenic hormonal responses that will enhance the benefits of exercise on bone and muscle in postmenopausal women. “This research has high impact and importance for women, who have a longer life expectancy than men, and are more prone to health issues arising from lower bone mineral density,” Jankowski says. The project is federally funded for a five-year period of study at $600,000 per year.
|CU Denver | Anschutz students help residents of Denver Meadows|
For Scott Harpin, PhD, MPH, director of community engagement and an assistant professor at CU Anschutz’s College of Nursing, the request to conduct a community needs assessment was the perfect opportunity to give his students field experience. “It was a great collaboration—we knew right away that mental health promotion was one of the main outcomes of our needs assessment,” he says. “Our students took both a microscopic and telescopic look at the community to confirm that end.”
|Pharmacy, nursing students provide home visits to elderly|
A new project at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus pairs pharmacy and nursing students to offer home visits to the elderly, providing a health team that acts as a liaison between the clinic and the patient. The Interprofessional Practice in Education (IPE) Student Home Visit Project sends a School of Pharmacy student and College of Nursing student to conduct screenings, provide myriad assessments and educate patients on health topics ranging from proper nutrition to drug management, all in the comfort of their home.
|Faculty research cited to support California legislation|
The California Dialysis Patient Safety Act (SB 349) aims to require a ratio of one registered nurse for every eight patients, reducing RN workload in hemodialysis treatment facilities by approximately four patients per nurse. CU College of Nursing Professor Linda Flynn, PhD, RN, FAAN, and Charlotte Thomas-Hawkins, PhD, RN, an associate professor at Rutgers School of Nursing, Rutgers University, are longtime researchers of care processes, nurse staffing, and patient outcomes and safety in dialysis facilities.
|PhD candidate receives $6K NEF scholarship|
Andrea LeClaire, whose doctoral focus is Health Care Systems Research, says she will use these funds for tuition and to offset costs associated with her dissertation project, such as transcription of interviews, the interviewing process with participants, and programs for statistical analysis.
|Honors student research a success at WIN conference|
Undergraduate Honors student Alex David was among the hundreds of students and professionals to present research at the Western Institute of Nursing’s (WIN) 50th Annual Communicating Nursing Research Conference in April. David presented research that she conducted with Dr. Blaine Reeder, PhD, Assistant Professor, during the conference’s poster sessions.
|Alumna honored as NACNS's CNS of the Year|
Dr. Amanda Nenaber, DNP, APRN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, was named the 2017 CNS of the Year by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists (NACNS). Nenaber, who earned both her MS and DNP degrees from the CU College of Nursing, is the Transitions of Care Program Director at University of Colorado Hospital (UCH).
|Students share experiences of first study abroad trip to Ecuador|
Jennifer Dailey-Vail, DNP, RN, WHNP-BC, led eight students on a study abroad trip to Quito, Ecuador last winter. “This is the first time these students, through the College of Nursing, have been able to earn degree program credit outside of the United States in the advanced practice curriculum,” she says.
|PhD student earns three university scholarships|
PhD student Ann Wislowski was recently awarded three university scholarships to fund her doctoral education, more than any other student in her cohort. Wislowski received the University of Colorado Gertrude Kahmeyer Hembree Nursing Endowment, the University of Colorado Joanne Duke Hess Nursing PhD Scholarship Endowment, and the University of Colorado Loretta Ford Fellowship.
|PMHNP student selected as grantee for AACN/NIDA substance abuse grant|
Aimee Techau, a master’s degree student in the CU College of Nursing Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP) program, has received a $10,000 substance abuse disorder grant from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing and the National Institute of Drug Abuse.
|PhD student receives Sigma Theta Tau International Research Grant|
Endowed Pre-Doctoral Fellow in Psychiatric Nursing and PhD student Kristiana Avery, MS, APRN, PMHNP-BC, competed against doctoral students from across the Western region to be awarded $10,000 for the Sigma Theta Tau International/Western Institute of Nursing Research Grant. Her winning project will explore the diagnostic abilities of genetic allele variants in CACNA1C, the gene that encodes for calcium channels.
|FNP students serve Aurora community at DAWN Clinic|
Over the past six months, Krista Estes, DNP, FNP-C, Assistant Professor and Specialty Director of the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) program at the CU College of Nursing, has partnered with the CU School of Medicine to provide nurse practitioner students with clinical experience at the DAWN Clinic. The DAWN Clinic is a free clinic serving adult uninsured patients in Aurora. Under the supervision of licensed providers, students from both CU Anschutz Medical Campus and CU Denver operate the clinic on a voluntary basis.
|NP pursues DNP to improve outcomes in pediatric ER|
Nurses pursuing the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) will shape the future of clinical nursing and evidence-based practice. Jill McElheny, MSN, RN, CPNP, a CU College of Nursing DNP student has been working in the ER at Children’s Hospital Colorado for almost 10 years.