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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Joan Nelson, DNP, RN

Associate Professor

Joan Nelson

Joan Nelson is an adult nurse practitioner with a practice and research focus in geriatrics and population management. She has worked with the older adult population since 1997 and has numerous publications on geriatric topics.  As an adult nurse practitioner, Nelson provides primary care both in the clinic and in the homes of homebound patients in the Sheridan Health Center catchment area.  She is active in directing and managing several quality-improvement projects and is a site evaluator for CCNE.

Nelson earned her bachelor of science degree in biochemistry from Metropolitan State College in Denver and her master of science as an adult nurse practitioner, her ND and her DNP from the University of Colorado.

Degree Awarding Institution Field of Study Graduation Date
DNP University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO Nursing 2006
ND University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO Nursing 1997
MS University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO Adult Nurse Practitioner 1997
BS Metropolitan State College, Denver, CO Biochemistry 1979
Title Organization Year
Dean's Teaching Award University of Colorado Denver May, 2007
Chancellor' Teaching Recognition Award University of Colorado Denver Graduate School, College of Nursing May. 2003
  1. Nelson, JM. (2012). Quality Improvement for Case Managers. Case Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK). Commission for Case Manager Certification Accessed at
  2. Nelson, JM, Robinson, ML. (In press). Hyponatremia in older adults presenting to the emergency department. International Emergency Nursing.
  3. Nelson, JM, Cook, PF, Raterink, G. (In press). The evolution of a DNP capstone process: Programmatic revisions to improve the quality of student projects. Journal of Professional Nursing.
  4. Nelson, JM (2011). Chronic illness management across the care continuum for the older adult. Case Management Body of Knowledge (CMBOK). Commission for Case Manager Certification Accessed at
  5. Nelson, JM, Hagedorn S. (2011). Breast cancer screening in older women: concerns and controversy. Clinician Reviews, 21, (4), 29-38.
  6. Nelson, JM, Carrington, JM. (2011). Transitioning the older adult to and from the ambulatory surgical center. AORN Journal, 94(4):348-58.
  7. Burke, E,Nelson, JM, Cook, PF (2011). Initiation of cardiovascular risk assessment in an infectious disease practice among persons living with HIV (PLWH). Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 23, 134-45.
  8. Koh, C, Nelson, JM, Cook, PF (2011). Evaluation of A patient navigation program. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing, 15, (1), 1-8.
  9. Nelson JM, Raterink V, Erickson V. (2010). Doctorate of Nursing Practice (DNP): Recent changes and challenges for advanced practice registered nurses. Caring For Our Future: Nursing at The Children’s Hospital. Fall, 2010.
  10. Nelson, J. M. (2010). Recognizing, preventing and managing delirium in hospital patients. American Nurse Today , 5, (11), 43-45.
  11. Koh, C., Nelson, J.M., Cook, P.F. (In Press). Evaluation Of A Patient Navigation Program. Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.
  12. Nelson, J. M. (2010). Diagnosis and management of delirium in the older adult. American Nurse Today (In Press).
  13. Nelson, J.M. (2009). Identifying and preventing common risk factors in the elderly. In Kris Mauk (Ed.), Gerontological Nursing: Competencies for Care.(2nd Ed.) Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett.
  14. Nelson, J.M., Cook P.F. (2008).Evaluation of a career ladder program in an ambulatory care environment. Nursing Economics, 26, (6), 353-360.
  15. Nelson, J.M., Sassaman, B., Phillips, A. (2008). Career ladder program for Registered Nurses in ambulatory care. Nursing Economics, 26, (6), 393-398.
  16. D’Amico, J., Nelson, J.M. (2008). Nursing care management at a shelter-based clinic: An innovative model for care. Professional Case Management, 13 (1), 26-36.
  17. Nelson, J. M., Dufraux, K., & Cook, P. F. (2007). The relationship between glycemic control and falls in older adults. The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, 55(12), 2041-44.
  18. Nelson, J.M. (2006). Identifying and preventing common risk factors in the elderly. In Kris Mauk (Ed.), Gerontological Nursing: Competencies for Care. Sudbury, MA: Jones and Bartlett
  19. Nelson, J.M. (2001). Thyroid treatment options. Clinician Reviews, 11(9), 17.
  • PI, Utility of the theory of planned behavior to predict nursing staff blood pressure monitoring behaviors, Kaiser Permanente.  (12/08-6/10).
  • PI, Diabetes Management of frail, older adults, Kaiser Permanente. (3/1/06-8/1/07).
  • Joan Nelson works as a nurse practitioner in a geriatric practice where she provides clinical supervision to nurse practitioner students.