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University of Colorado College of Nursing

College of Nursing

Our Stories

Stories about faculty, students and alumni who work with older adults.

Faculty at the College of Nursing are actively researching interventions to improve patient care and advance the profession of nursing. Read more about their stories below.

Ginger Raterink, DNP 

Nursing Professor Part of Online Education Team

Ginger Raterink, DNSc, ANP-BC has a passion for working with older adults, combined with an extensive background designing and implementing online pedagogical methods. Her expertise and excitement enhance the quality of students' online learning experiences.

Maria Vejar

Nurse Practitioner Finds Niche in Geriatrics

This DNP student's passion to care for older adults inspired her doctoral quality improvement project, which investigates medication reconciliation in the Seniors Clinic on campus.

Ernestine Kotthoff-Burrell, PhD 

Passionate Nurse an Invaluable Resource for Elder Care

When it comes to understanding the elderly population, Ernestine Kotthoff-Burrell, PhD, ANP is hands down the go-to professional at CU’s College of Nursing. With a 35-year career, she understands what it takes to meet the growing demand for health care for seniors.

Joan Nelson, DNP 

Nursing Professor Prepares Students for Geriatric Certification

Joan Nelson, DNP, ANP-BC knows the score with regard to caring for the elderly--from helping students prepare to pass expanded geriatric content on the 2013 nurse practitioner certification exam to effectively dealing with patients in a clinical setting.

Jane Kass-Wolff, PhD 

Practitioner's Focus Changes in Response to Aging Population

Over her lifelong commitment to women's health issues, Jane Kass-Wolff, PhD, FNP-BC, WHNP-BC, has enthusiastically embraced that her patient population is growing older. Through her research, grant work, and teaching schedule, she enables colleagues and students to get excited about and better care for elderly women.

Sean Reed, PhD 

Alumnus is Setting Gold Standard for Palliative Care

Using his skill set and education, Sean Reed PhD, APN, ACNS-BC, ACHPN promoted an advanced practice nurse-led interdisciplinary program aimed to support patients and families contending with serious illnesses. The outcomes of this program lead him to continue his journey of education towards a PhD and become Centura Health’s director for palliative care.