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Students' Stories

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Like you, our students are compassionate human beings who are committed to spending their careers helping others. Whether coming to the College of Nursing to start their careers or to advance their skills, our students want to make a difference in the lives of others.

​Undergraduate Students

Ai Liu

Ai Liu​

Ai Liu is pursuing her bachelor of science in nursing. Originally from China, Liu’s immigration challenges prove difficult, but her optimistic and determined personality will help her make a difference in public health nursing.

 
Brittany Poyer 

Brittany Poyer​

For Brittany Poyer, working closely with top-ranked hospitals augments her learning in a clinical setting and reinforces her decision to become a nurse.

Erin Smith 

Erin Smith

Integrated Nursing Pathway to Baccalaureate program is a perfect fit for Erin Smith, Army reservist and a qualified flight medic with an EMT certificate.

Actively involved in the College of Nursing in a variety of ways, this student's philanthropic nature has led her to lead CUSNA since February 2012.

Jesse Francomano 

Jesse Francomano

The only undergraduate from the College of Nursing to present a poster at this past WIN Conference, Jesse Francomano details the dissemination of healthcare information via social networking sites.

Jose Hernandez

Jose Hernandez​

Jose Hernandez just finished up his first year in the undergraduate pre-health program (UPP) and already knows that he would like to focus on helping children. Along with his coursework, Hernandez is a common face on campus, always involved in activities and helping the community. Read more about his story here.

Julie Tollefson 

Julie Tollefson is working on her second bachelor's degree through the RN to BS program and advancing towards her goal of working in anesthesia.

Lenka Hellerova 

Lenka Hellerova

​A 7.0 magnitude earthquake not only changed the lives of thousands of Haitians, but also changed the career path for one College of Nursing student. Her experience in Haiti fostered a desire to do more than development work. Instead, she wanted to help people on a personal level.
Michael Jones 

Michael Jones

An interesting family history, experience with personal training, and a software company lead to this student’s bachelor of science education.

Rachael Insco 

Rachael Insco

For this RN-BS student, a little white nursing bag, brought back by her uncle who served overseas when she was a three-year-old, cultivated a desire to pursue nursing.

Graduate Students

Dana El-Hajj

Dana El-Hajj

Dana El-Hajj is a PhD student and RN in the ICU at Rose Medical center. She also works at the College of Nursing, Center for Nursing Research as a Research Assistant. Her goal is to help enlighten doctors and nurses of various aspects of acculturation that affect patient care.

Danielle and Patrick Burchett 

Danielle and Patrick Burchett

Most students don’t choose nursing school expecting to find a spouse, but for two doctorate of nursing practice students, that’s exactly what happened.

Harmony Acker 

Harmony Acker

Harmony Acker, A 12-year navy veteran, won the university’s Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Scholarship two semesters in a row, all while transitioning from military to civilian life.
Heather 

Heather Hageman

Having a strong desire to work in developing countries, this registered nurse took initiative to earn a life-changing experience teaching other nurses and counseling patients in La Paz, Bolivia.

Kate McGinley-West 

Kate McGinley-West

Kate McGinley-West, part of the Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program, is participating in clinical work in rural underserved areas of Colorado. Read about the benefits and challenges of this type of psychiatric work.

Kim Morris 

Kim Morris

After becoming a family nurse practitioner and practicing in a general family practice unit, Morris stumbled onto geriatric home care in 2005 and hasn't looked back since.

Maria Roche-Dean 

Maria Roche-Dean

This second-year PhD student draws upon family experience to research communication challenges of the multilingual.

Michelle Kahn-John 

Michelle Kahn-John

Espousing Hozho philosophy, this doctoral student helps Native American teens maintain balance and improve their physical, mental, and emotional health.​

Nicole Carlson 

Nicole Carlson

"My work is only limited by my own imagination and energy," says this nursing PhD student, who focuses on the problem of labor dystocia, or slow labor progress, in obese women.
Noelle Dilgrade 

Noelle Dilgrade​

Noelle Dilgrade has always dreamed about becoming a nurse. After moving to the United States in 2003, she was able to pursue her passion. Her story is one of accomplishments and struggles, and how her dream kept her going.

Stacey Wall 

Stacey Wall

​Stacey Wall has a vision for the future: nurse practitioners as hospitalists. A 2013 recipient of the University of Colorado Alumni Scholarship, Wall is not only a doctoral student in the College of Nursing, but also the director of the Advanced Practice Hospitalist Program at Children’s Hospital Colorado.​