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Krista Estes, DNP, FNP-C

Associate Professor


Krista Estes

Krista.Estes@ucdenver.edu

Dr. Krista Estes, DNP, FNP-C is a clinical teaching track associate professor and the Family Nurse Practitioner Specialty Director at the CU College of Nursing. Originally from Kansas City, Dr. Estes received her bachelor of science in kinesiology from Kansas State University. She then received her bachelor of science in nursing, master of science in nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) and her doctor of nursing practice degrees from the University of Kansas. Prior to moving to Colorado, she worked as a family nurse practitioner in the Emergency Department at St. Joseph, St. Mary's and Shawnee Mission Medical Centers in Kansas City. Since relocating to Colorado, Dr. Estes continues to work as a family nurse practitioner at Kaiser Urgent Care. In addition to national certification as a family nurse practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, she is a Certified Registered Medical Examiner on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners. Dr. Estes is recognized as an Advanced Practice Nurse Practitioner, with full prescriptive authority, by the state of Colorado.

Degree Awarding Institution Field of Study Graduation Date
DNP University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas
Nursing 2010
MSN University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas
Family Nurse Practitioner 2008
BSN University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas
Nursing 2005
BS Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas
Kinesiology 2002
  1. Skiba, D., Barton, A., Estes, K., Gilliam, E., Knapfel, S., Lee, C., Moore, G., & Trinkley, K. (2016). Preparing the Next Generation of Advanced Practice Nurses for Connected Care. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 225, 307-313. DOI: 10.3233/978-1-61499-658-3-307.
  2. Estes, K., Gilliam, E., Knapfel, S., Lee, C., & Skiba, D. (2106). Discovering eHealth Technology: An Innovative Interprofessional Graduate Learning Experience. Studies in Health Technology and Informatics, 225, 242-246. DOI 10.3233/978-1-61499-658-3-242.
  3. Weber, M. & Estes, K. (2016). Chapter 30: Anxiety and Depression. In T. Woo & M. Robinson (Eds.), Pharmacotherapeutics for Advanced Practice Nurse Prescribers, 4th Edition (897-912). Philadelphia, PA: F.A. Davis.
  4. Estes, K., Robinson, M., & Madigosky, W. (2016). Advanced Practice Nursing Students’ Perspectives of an Interprofessional Advanced Physical Assessment Learning Experience, The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 12 (2016), e219-e224.
  5. Estes, K. (2015). Skin Infections in High School Wrestlers: A Nurse Practitioner’s Guide to Diagnosis, Treatment and Return to Participation. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners. DOI: 10.1002/2327-6924.12136
  6. Robinson, M., Estes, K., & Knapfel, S. (2014). Use of Technology in the Classroom to Increase Professional Preparation. Journal of Nurse Practitioners, 10(10), e93-e97.
  7. Estes, K. (2011). Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus Skin and Soft Tissue Infections: Impacting Patient Care. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, 34(2), 101-109.
  8. Estes, K. & Thomure, J. (2009). Aspirin for the primary prevention of adverse cardiovascular events. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, 31(4), 324-339.
Title Organization Year
Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching University of Colorado

2014

Top 25 NP Program Professors Nurse Practioner Schools 2014
Accepted to Teaching Scholars Program University of Colorado 2014
Presidents Teaching and Learning Collaborative for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning University of Colorado 2013
G. & M. Varnes Nursing Scholarship University of Kansas

2007-2008

Goppert Scholarship University of Kansas 2004-2005
Sad Sackette Unit 59 Scholarship University of Kansas 2003-2005
Cadaver Dissection Team Teaching Assistant Kansas State University 2001
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  • 2013-2015 - Member of the iTEAM. Grant is titled, “I-Collaboratory: Partnerships in Learning”, Principle Investigator is Dr. Diane Skiba, HRSA Sponsored Project number D09HP25020, 10% salary funding per semester for 2013, 20% salary funding per semester for 2014 and 2015.
  • 2013-2014 - President's Teaching and Learning Collaborative for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning. Project title, "Breaking Down the Silos: Fostering an Interdisciplinary Approach to Learning Advanced Physical Assessment"
  • 2010 - Research Assistant, Skin and Soft Tissue Infections in One Urban Emergency Department: Improving Patient Care, Dr. Diane Ebbert, PhD, ARNP, FNP-BS
  • 2007 - Research Assistant, The Perceived Experience of Peer Counselors in Providing Social Support and Perinatal and Breastfeeding Education to Pregnant and Parenting Adolescents in a Randomized Controlled Trial, Dr. Ginger Breedlove, PhD, CNM, ARNP, FACNM
  • Certified Registered Medical Examiner on the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners
  • Identification of Practice Variation among Nurse Practitioners: In one urban emergency department, reviewed 100 charts of nurse practitioners for: patient age, gender, temperature, heart rate, abscess size, associated cellulitis, performed procedure, wound packing, culture performance, culture results, antimicrobial choice, and skin decolonization/education recommendations. With practice variation being identified among providers, developed an evidence-based CA-MRSA SSTI educational website for emergency department provider use and implemented a quality improvement project.