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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Krista Estes, DNP, FNP-C

Assistant Professor

Krista Estes

Krista Estes, DNP, FNP-C is a clinical teaching track assistant professor in the College of Nursing. Originally from Kansas City, 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, she has worked as a family nurse practitioner in Parker, CO and at The Little Clinic in Denver. In addition to national certification as a family nurse practitioner through the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, 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. Estes, K. & Weber, M. (2014). Pharmacotherapeutics for nurse practitioner prescribers, chapter 30: Anxiety and depression. (Accepted)
  2. Estes, K. (2013). Skin infections in high school wrestlers: A nurse practitioner's guide to diagnosis, treatment, and return to participation. Accepted for publication in the Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.
  3. Estes, K. (2011). Methicillin-resistant staphylococcus aureus skin and soft tissue infections: Impacting patient care. Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, 34(2), 101-109.
  4. 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
G. & M. Varnes Nursing Scholarship University of Kansas


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

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

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.