Assistant Professor, Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Option Coordinator
Although Dr. Kotthoff-Burrell's career as an advanced practice nurse has spanned over the past 35 years, the older adult population has been her primary foci for the bulk of that time. She has served as a direct primary care provider, an administrator, project director for a number of governmentally (USDHHS) and private foundations ( i.e., the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, John A. Hartford Foundation, and the Colorado Trust) , funded projects. Prior to her return for her doctorate in the late 1990s, she was recognized as a national nursing leader in interdisciplinary geriatric education. She was initially certified as an adult nurse practitioner by ANCC in 1976; she has maintained her certification since that time. She is currently the option coordinator for the Gerontological Nurse Practitioner track at UCD. This program was placed on an admission moratorium in the fall of 2008. She practices one day per week in a long-term care facility for patients with advanced Alzheimer’s disease, and one of the Colorado State Veterans Homes. Her scholarly interests include educational research particularly in the area of metacognitive reasoning, critical thinking, innovative teaching/learning strategies as well as advanced practice gerontological nursing and geriatrics.