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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.

 Recent Alumni

Amanda Nenaber​: NACNS's 2017 CNS of the Year​

Dr. Amanda Nenaber has been recognized by the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists for her project improving medication knowledge and adherence in UCH patients. 

Stacey Wall, MS '06, DNP '15, has a vision for the future: nurse practitioners as hospitalists.​

Dulce Mia Warren: The future of culturally relevant healthcare education​

Warren is interested in learning about cervical cancer screening disparities among Mexican-American women so that women all have the opportunity to meet their grandchildren.

Kim Morris: On the Front Line of the Future of Nursing​

“I used to read medical encyclopedias for fun,” says DNP student Kim Morris, MS '02, DNP, '14.





Sharon Pappas, PhD '07, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN​

Like other nurses, Sharon Pappas, PhD, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN, wanted to have an impact on patient care through nursing practice, and her meteoric career trajectory has demonstrated just that—at a very high level.​



Senator Jeanne Nicholson, BS '65, MS '99

State Senator Jeanne Nicholson didn’t strictly transition from a 40-plus-year career in nursing to state politics. Rather, she says, “I brought nursing with me."

Sue Hagedorn, PhD ’95, RN, PNP, WHNP, FAANP​

Sue Hagedorn, PhD ’95, RN, PNP, WHNP, FAANP, has made a career of challenging the norm.​



Meet Karen Zink, MS '87, CNP

Karen Zink, CNP, MS, traces her interest in nursing to her mother, Marilyn Mason Short, whom she describes as “a fine diploma nurse.”

Kathy Magilvy, PhD ’82, RN, FAAN​

Kathy Magilvy, PhD ’82, RN, FAAN, earned her bachelor of science in nursing in 1971 from the University of Cincinnati and worked as a public health nurse before starting her master’s in community health nursing at Northern Illinois University.​



​Jean Watson, BS ’64, MS ’66, PhD ’73, AHN-C, FAAN​

During her career, Watson helped establish the school’s first doctoral program, a PhD in nursing, and in the late 1980s, the first clinical doctorate, the ND, which was the predecessor to today’s DNP program.



Clare Sandekian, MS ’69, RN, CNS, CAC III​

​When Clare Sandekian, MS ’69, RN, CNS, CAC III, came to Denver in the 1960s, she had a background as a psychiatric nursing instructor and was a member of the US Army Nurse Corps Reserve.

Alice Stephenson, BS '63, RN, PN​

Several years ago, Alice Stephenson, BS '63, RN, PN, looked back over her career as a nurse and was grateful.​