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Jennifer A. Disabato, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, AC

Assistant Professor, College of Nursing & School of Medicine; Specialty Director, Acute Care PNP; PNP, Neurology, Children's Hospital Colorado (CHCO)

Jennifer Disabato


Jennifer Disabato, DNP, RN, CPNP-PC, AC, joined the faculty as an assistant professor in the clinical teaching track in early 2013, and shortly thereafter was appointed as Specialty Coordinator for the new acute care PNP post-graduate certificate program. Disabato maintains a 20% clinical practice at Children’s Hospital Colorado (CHCO) in Pediatric Neurology/Epilepsy, providing care in the inpatient Epilepsy Monitoring Unit.

Disabato earned her DNP from the University of Colorado College of Nursing in 2012, and was the recipient of a doctoral student scholarship from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners Foundation in 2010. She has presented her DNP capstone project, Improving Transition from Pediatric to Adult Specialty Care for Adolescents and Young Adults with Refractory Epilepsy, nationally at the Health Care Transitions Research Consortium’s conference, the annual meeting of the American Association of Neuroscience Nursing, the Western Institute of Nursing and the American Epilepsy Society. This project was the foundation for a Clinical Operational Effectiveness and Patient Safety Grant from the CU School of Medicine / CHCO Quality Improvement awarded in 2013 to Disabato and co-investigator, Paul Levisohn, MD. This grant supported expansion of process improvements to a broader population of adolescent and young adult patients.

Disabato earned her BSN from St. Mary’s College in Notre Dame, Indiana, and her master’s degree in nursing from the University of Colorado. She has been an Advanced Practice Nurse at CHCO since 1986 initially as a Clinical Nurse Specialist; and then as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner beginning in 1989.  Her 25+ year clinical focus has been in pediatric neuroscience specialties including neurosurgery, neurology/epilepsy, and chronic pain. She has served as a preceptor for numerous graduate nursing students and in the past as a clinical scholar for baccalaureate nursing students in their pediatric clinical rotations at CHCO.

Disabato is an active member of the Nursing Research Council at Children's Hospital Colorado, and recently completed three-year terms on both the College of Nursing’s Health Care Partner’s Practice Board of Directors and the Colorado Nurses Association CNE Approval Board. She is currently serving as a faculty member on the Student Affairs Committee at the College.

She is a member of the Colorado Society of Advanced Practice Nurses, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, the Society of Pediatric Nurses, the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners, Sigma Theta Tau Alpha Kappa Chapter, and the American Epilepsy Society. Disabato has lectured extensively locally, regionally, and nationally on clinical topics and has published articles and book chapters primarily in the area of pediatric neuroscience nursing. ​