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Meet Our Alumni

Be the Nurse Everyone Looks to First

​At the University of Colorado College of Nursing, we are very proud of our alumni. Below are some links to news stories, also published in our magazine, Connections, focused on some of our outstanding alumni and their achievements.

Alice Setphenson 

Alice Stephenson

When Alice Stephenson, BS '63, RN, PN, looks back over her career as a nurse, she is continually grateful and proud of her education at CU School of Nursing. To give back to future nurses, she set up the Alice Selch Stephenson Nursing Scholarship, which was first awarded in 2012. Learn more about her journey and her goal to "pay it forward."
Dulce Mia Warren 

Dulce Mia Warren

Warren, 2014 Alumni Association Award recipient, discusses her interest in learning about cervical cancer screening disparities among Mexican-American woman and the significance of receiving this award while pursuing her third degree from the College of Nursing.
Kim Morris 

Kim Morris

Morris, 2013 Alumni Association Award recipient, has been a registered nurse since 1994 and a nurse practitioner since 2002. After becoming a family nurse practitioner and practicing in a general family practice unit, Morris stumbled on geriatric home care in 2005. Read her story here.
Stacy Wall 

Stacey Wall 

Wall, 2013 Alumni Association Award recipient, discusses how her DNP degree will help her strengthen and build her skills as a clinician, leader and educator and integrate them into her practice.

Sen. Jeanne Nicholson

University State Senator Jeanne Nicholson, BS '65, MS '99, didn’t strictly transition from a 40-plus-year career in nursing to state politics. Rather, she says, “I brought nursing with me …I’m still in practice, but in a unique environment.” Read more to find out how a background in public health has helped this alumna succeed in her government career.


Sharon Pappas

As the chief nurse executive for Centura Health, Sharon Pappas, PhD '07, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, is responsible for the nursing practice, education, nursing informatics, research strategy and operations for multiple service sites and more than 5,000 RNs. Among a long list of accomplishments is her having envisioned and led the development of a strategic nursing plan across 15 hospitals and continuum-of-care services. Read her story here.


Karen Zink

Karen Zink, MS '87, CNP, founded Southwest Women’s Health Associates in Durango. She has been the clinic’s sole owner since 2000. Southwest Women’s Health Associates is the only such clinic in the area, she says, offering primary and preventative care for women, as well as GYN care such as endometrial biopsies, colposcopies and contraceptive care. Read her story here.