SCHOOL NURSING Fall 2006 OF NEWS Students and faculty honored at convocation Ostudents gathered with their n May 26, 195 graduating assistant professor adjunct, ing and leadership awards for the Chancellor’s Teaching were nominated by gradu- families and guests for the annual Recognition Award; and Cathy ating students and select- School of Nursing convocation Thompson, PhD, assistant ed by Dean Patricia held in the campus quadrangle. professor, for the Chancellor’s Moritz, PhD, FAAN, and Graduates included: 161 BS degree Teaching Award-Graduate her associate deans: Amy students, 27 students from the MS School. These faculty awardees Barton, PhD, Lauren program, two ND students, two stu- were chosen by the graduat- Clark, PhD, FAAN, and dents from the school’s new DNP ing students. Ellyn Matthews, Marlaine Smith, PhD, program, and three PhD students. PhD, assistant professor, FAAN. During the ceremony, Student received the Dean’s Award for Gene Marsh, PhD, Leadership Awards were presented to Excellence in Teaching in the professor and division graduates from each degree pro- baccalaureate program and Three of the 161 BS graduates in the class of 2006 chair, was recognized as gram, including BS graduate Lynn Gilbert was the recipi- anxiously await the Convocation ceremony held the recipient of the U.S. Barbara Anderson, MS graduate ent of the Dean’s Award for in May. Public Health Service 2005 Joseph Cabell, ND graduates Kari Excellence in Teaching in the Hurricanes Coin in recogni- McInturff and Jennie Pike, DNP graduate program. Clare Sandekian, MS, ’69 tion of her volunteer work provid- graduate Suzette Reuschel, and PhD The Dean’s Award for Leadership received the 2006 Dean’s Award for ing community health services with graduate Lenora Follett. The recipi- was presented jointly to two faculty Leadership in Nursing for making the U.S. Public Health Service for ents of the awards were selected by and a staff member for their educa- major contributions to the school two weeks in post-Katrina SON faculty. Congratulations to the tional technology excellence and through her long-term legacy of Louisiana, under the auspices of newest alumnae for their outstand- innovation in the development of involvement as a nurse leader in the U.S. Department of Health and ing leadership. the school’s new Simulation the state; her continued support of Human Services. Faculty honored for their teach- Laboratory. Awardees included staff the SON from the time she was a Ruth O’Brien, PhD, professor, was ing excellence were: Tammy member Timothy Martinez, and fac- SON student; and as a previous awarded the school’s prestigious Spencer, MS, recipient of the ulty members Gail Armstrong, ND, SON faculty member who left her Elisabeth H. Boeker Excellence in Research President’s Excellence in Teaching assistant professor, and Gayle “leader’s mark” on the school. Award in the amount of $8,000. Award; James Sampson, PhD, Preheim, EdD, associate professor. Recipients of the dean’s teach- (See related article, below). Ruth O’Brien receives Faculty Excellence in Research Award Professor Ruth O’Brien, PhD, FAAN, was selected to receive the second annual Elizabeth H. Boeker Faculty Excellence in Research Award for her special contribution to research-based interventions that improve public health. The award was announced at the School of Nursing Commencement in May. Her work with nurse home visitation for low-income, first-time parents and their 2006 Nightingale awards infants and toddlers is a model of interdis- ciplinary collaboration to improve health and shape healthy public policy. As part of Susan Hagedorn, PhD, ‘95, associ- this award, O’Brien received $8,000 to sup- Ruth O’Brien, PhD, FAAN ate professor at the School of Nursing port her research. She also presented a lec- was a recipient of a 2006 Nightingale ture Dec. 7 entitled Nurse Home Visitation: From Research to Evidence- Award. based Practice.” The 21st annual Nightingale The Elizabeth H. Boeker Faculty Excellence in Research Award is awarded Awards for Excellence in Human to faculty to promote and reward excellence in faculty research. Caring, hosted by the Colorado Nurses Selection criteria included recognition nationally/internationally for Foundation, was held May 6, at the significant substantive contributions to knowledge development in a Renaissance Denver Hotel, with 600 in focused area relevant to the nursing discipline, a sustained record of peer- attendance. reviewed publications and presentations, influence on the work of other Continued on page 3... scholars directly or indirectly through explication of germinal ideas, and evidence of research funding. Susan Hagedorn, PhD, ’95 SCHOOL NURSING NEWS 2 OF PAGE Fall 2006 Message from the Dean A s the School of Nursing pre- are substantially and led by Amy the latest accomplishments of the pares to move next fall to enhancing our Web Barton, PhD, associ- School of Nursing and were excited new space in the Education II / pages – watch for ate professor and asso- to catch up with one another. Administrative Office East build- the new look that ciate dean for Clinical Everyone seemed to have a great ing, currently in construction at will be up and run- and Community Aff- time and it was so nice to see such our new 21st century campus in ning in spring airs. Additionally, a a big turnout! We’re looking for- Aurora (see photo on back cover), semester! series of “Theme of ward to next year’s reunion, which we continue to have the largest The SON is very the Year (Respect for will be held Sept. 27-29, 2007 – we undergraduate enrollments ever. pleased to announce Person)” discussion hope to see you there! Best Poster This fall there are 376 BS students the appointment of sessions have been in the SON. We had a record of Kathy Magilvy, PhD, organized for faculty Award at WIN almost 1,000 applicants to the FAAN, professor, as and staff by Paula undergraduate program this year, associate dean for Dean Patricia Moritz, Nelson-Marten, PhD, resulting in the admission of 240 Academic Programs, RN, PhD, FAAN associate professor new BS students. We also have effective August 1 of and chair of the Congratulations to faculty mem- more than 300 graduate students this year. (See article on page 4). School’s Faculty Executive bers who received the Best Poster enrolled this fall. Dr. Magilvy replaces long-time fac- Committee. Award at the Western Institute of The vibrancy of the SON is so ulty member Marlaine Smith, PhD, We initiated an electronic Nursing (WIN) conference this evident from the palpable enthusi- FAAN, who took an endowed chair Alumni eNews last June to better year. Their poster was entitled asm of our student body. The CU position at Florida Atlantic communicate with alumni. If you “Transition to Self-management in Student Nurses Association University in Boca Raton. (See arti- haven’t already done so, please Chronic Illness: A Concept (CUSNA) is very active this year cle on page 4). send us your email address and Analysis.” and we are making every effort to As part of our diversity activi- we’ll include you in upcoming Applause to the award-winning keep our many distance students, ties, the SON has initiated a set of issues of the eNews. Forward your colleagues: Assistant Professors throughout diverse areas of the “inclusiveness” workshops for cul- email address to Karen Marks in Teresa Sakraida, DNSc, Leli Pedro, state, actively engaged in the SON tural awareness for faculty and staff, the SON Dean’s Office, at DNSc, and Paul Cook, PhD; and their educational process. We taking place throughout 2006-07 firstname.lastname@example.org. and Assistant Professor Adjunct M. Roy Wilson, MD, MS, is It was great to see many of our Katherine Bent, PhD, authors of terrific alumni at this year’s the poster, for their solid work and new UCDHSC chancellor Reunion Weekend, held in April. artistic rendering of results. Paving the Way for Alums were enthused to hear about Student Opportunity M. Roy Wilson, MD, MS, took the helm as chancellor of the University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences Center effective July 1. Wilson came from the four-campus Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, where he served as president since 2003. As chancellor, he oversees three cam- puses: the downtown Denver campus and the CU Regent Pat Hayes Health Sciences Center campuses in Denver and was the keynote speaker for Aurora. He joins the university as it oversees the CUSNA--CU Student final construction at Fitzsimons. Nurses Association – 2006- Wilson succeeds former UCDHSC 07 lecture series. Lunch was Chancellor James Shore, who retired last year. provided at the noontime Wilson received his medical degree from event and Regent Hayes, a Harvard University Medical School and his mas- nurse, spoke about the lead- ter’s degree in epidemiology at the University of ership potential in all of us, California at Los Angeles School of Public as she addressed this year’s Health. An international glaucoma expert, Wilson has published more CUSNA theme: Pathways than 200 articles, book chapters and abstracts. to Nursing: Paving the Way Save the Date! for Student Opportunity. Regent Hayes, center, appears with BS students Kathryn Lynch, CUSNA president, and Karen Johnson, president-elect. Calling All PhD Alumni - S CHOOL OF N URSING NEWS 25th Anniversary of the PhD Program Patricia Moritz, PhD, FAAN Send alumni news to: Dean, School of Nursing Office of Alumni Relations School of Nursing Gala Celebration April 21, 2007 Diane Lenfest UCDHSC, Mail Stop A080 Writer, Editor, 4200 E. Ninth Avenue Photographer, SON Denver, CO 80262 Eve Hoygaard email@example.com Gala Dinner, Saturday evening, April 21 10th Annual Lola M. Fehr Lectureship, April 20 Alumni Section Editor, SON Mitzi Schindler -or- PhD Cohort Events, April 20 - 22 www.uchsc.edu/nursing and Director of Publications, PR click on News & Events, then Kenna Bruner SON News For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your Managing Editor, PR mailing address and your email address. SCHOOL NURSING NEWS 3 OF Fall 2006 PAGE Alumna CEO a driving force at The Children’s Hospital The hallmark of Doris Biester’s cause of improving health care for officer of The Nursing. She prac- nursing career has been her tireless sick children. Children’s Hospital, ticed pediatric nursing dedication to championing the As president and chief executive “Dori” Biester, PhD, for six years before ’94, FAAN, is the moving into leader- first nurse and the ship roles at the first woman to serve University of Iowa as CEO of the Hospitals and Clinics, Denver hospital. She and then the Women has announced she and Infants Hospital will be retiring at the of Rhode Island. She end of this year. joined The Children’s Under her man- Hospital in 1979 and agement, The Chil- Doris Biester, was awarded her PhD dren’s Hospital has PhD, FAAN from the School of reached significant Nursing in 1994. milestones. The hospital was “My experience in the doctoral recently ranked seventh among program was very valuable, expand- Left to right: Dr. Patricia Yoder-Wise, Lola Fehr and School of Nursing children’s hospitals in America by ing my knowledge related to organ- Dean Patricia Moritz. U.S. News & World Report; in izations and organizational theory, October 2005, The Children’s Lola Fehr Lectureship features a talk learning research methodologies Hospital was awarded magnet sta- and the ability to critique pub- tus -- nursing’s highest honor in on expanding nursing’s potential recognition of excellence – from lished research,” she said. the American Nurses Credentialing Biester then expanded into lead- The 9th Annual Lola M. Fehr Lectureship held April 27 featured Center; and construction of the ership roles at TCH as senior vice Patricia Yoder-Wise, EdD, CNAA, FAAN, a professor and former new hospital complex is nearing its president for nursing and patient dean at the School of Nursing, Texas Tech University Health Sciences care services, chief operation officer, 2007 completion date. Center in Lubbock, Texas. The talk and reception were sponsored by “The reason I got into manage- and in 1998 as president and CEO. the School of Nursing. In 1990, she was inducted as a ment in the first place is that I Yoder-Wise’s talk, Forces for the Future: Expanding Nursing's become impatient with people sit- fellow into the American Academy Potential, was followed by a panel discussion on magnet hospitals. ting around complaining,” she said. of Nursing. From 1977 to 1979, Yoder-Wise served on the faculty of the School “Nursing was a foundation for “When there is a problem or issue, of Nursing. Yoder-Wise is author of seven books, including the 2006 me that really helped create oppor- you do need to bring it up, but your book Beyond Leading and Managing, which she co-authored with obligation does not end there. My tunities,” she said. “It’s important Karren Kowalski, PhD, FAAN, and president of the UCDHSC belief is that your next responsibili- to think about how to make things Nursing Alumni Association. ty is to do something about it.” better; how to develop effective pro- “Nursing as a profession has great potential if we focus on leading A native of Dixon, Iowa, Biester grams and how you can co-innovate ourselves to a positive future. Examples of that can be how we will received her BSN degree from the with other professions to achieve focus and fund primary health care or how we will invent products University of Iowa College of better patient care outcomes.” and services that meet patients’ needs,” she said. The annual lectureship was created in 1998 by Lola Fehr, MS, FAAN, a distinguished alumna and generous benefactor to the School of Nursing, who was grateful for her graduate experience at CU which opened doors to many career opportunities. She currently serves as Nightingale - Hagedorn executive director of the New York State Nurses Association. Continued from page 1 “Sue was recognized for her work among those who are most vulnera- ble and for her lifelong commitment to Nursing,” said SON Dean Patricia Moritz, PhD, FAAN. “She joins a group of illustrious Colorado nurses who have been recognized through Nightingale Awards.” Hagedorn also received a 2006 Supportive Persons of The Arc (SPARC) Award, from the Jefferson County chapter of The Arc for the achievements of the Capstone program which is part of the required curriculum. Four alumni of the School of Nursing were among the six recipients of the prestigious award for their contributions to the profession of nursing: • Carol Conger, MS, ’97, family nurse practitioner, Vail Valley Medical Center • David Kearns, MS, ’94, flight nurse and clinical coordinator, St. Anthony Hospitals in Denver • Ruth West, BS, ’69, public health nurse, Weld County From the left: Colleen Goode, PhD, FAAN, University of Colorado Department of Public Healthy & Environment, Greeley. Hospital; Lynne Hedrick, MS, The Children's Hospital; Craig Luzinski, Nightingale finalists who are SON alumni included: MSN, Poudre Valley Hospital; and Kelly Johnson, MS, Craig Hospital • Kay Daugherty, PhD, ’92, chief nursing officer, Denver Health & Hospital Authority • Terence Shea, BS, ’76, director of regulatory compliance and care Hold the Date! process, Denver Health & Hospital Authority 10th Anniversary Lola M. Fehr Lectureship • Jill Taylor, MS, ’79, chief nursing officer, Presbyterian Friday, April 20, 2007 – 3 p.m. St. Luke’s Medical Center in Denver. School of Nursing Auditorium, Ninth Avenue Campus The Nightingale Awards were established in 1985 as a tribute to the pro- Reception Follows fessional excellence of Colorado’s registered nurses. SCHOOL NURSING NEWS 4 OF PAGE Fall 2006 School of Nursing appoints a new associate dean Professor Joan K. (Kathy) ability,” said Patricia Moritz, PhD, regional and national awards, Nursing PhD Programs that is a Magilvy, PhD, FAAN, has been FAAN, professor and dean of the including the Nightingale and three-year grant through the appointed associate School of Nursing. Shannon Mentor awards, and has Western Institute of Nursing from dean for academic pro- In her new role, been inducted as a fellow into the FIPSE, the U.S. Department of grams at the School Magilvy will continue American and Western academies Education Fund for the of Nursing. to direct the school’s of nursing. Improvement of Postsecondary Magilvy has been a PhD program, and will Magilvy is a member of a part- Education. professor at the SON be senior administrator nership of five western nursing Magilvy also has done extensive for 24 years. She served for its undergraduate schools, including UCDHSC and international work and she current- most recently as assis- and graduate programs. the universities of Arizona, Utah, ly serves on the International tant dean for graduate A noted expert in Northern Colorado, and the Advisory Board of the Japan programs and director qualitative and ethno- Oregon Health and Science Journal of Nursing Science pub- of the PhD program. graphic methodologies, Center, in a project called NEXus-- lished by the Japan Academy of “Kathy is an accom- Joan K. (Kathy) Magilvy has received the Nursing Education Xchange: Nursing Science, the first English plished researcher in Magilvy, PhD, FAAN funding from the Partnership to Increase Capacity of language nursing journal in Japan. community, rural and National Institutes of New program aimed at helping public health nursing, cross-cultur- Health (NIH) and other federal al aging, and long-term care. She agencies for her studies during the has expertise in community-based past two decades. health services for older people and Within nursing and gerontol- women make better health choices those with chronic illness and dis- ogy, Magilvy has received numerous The link between prenatal alcohol exposure and birth defects has been Marlaine Smith leaves SON known for 30 years. However, the mes- sage is still not getting through to enough women of child-bearing age in Marlaine Smith, PhD, FAAN, former professor and associate dean for the Denver area. academic affairs, has left the School of Nursing to join the faculty of The goal of the program, Personal Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in Boca Raton, Fla. She accepted the Choices, is to change risky, alcohol- position as associate dean for academic affairs and has been appointed to related choices among women in the Helen K. Persson Eminent Scholar Chair in Community Caring to Jefferson, Adams, Denver and Larimer counties. Organizers said the voluntary Pam Gillen, ND provide leadership in transforming health care through research, teaching and influencing public policies related to health care. program is designed to educate women about the health risks of During her 18 years at the School of Nursing, Smith made many impor- drinking alcohol while pregnant, and the permanent effects alco- tant contributions to the school, its academic programs and its students. hol can have on the developing fetus. The program is also for A recognized scholar in caring concepts and Rogerian inquiry, she has col- women who are not pregnant, but are drinking and engaging in laborated with colleagues at CU and elsewhere in studies of complemen- unprotected sexual intercourse. tary therapies for patients with serious illnesses. “We came up with a program we think will prevent alcohol- What originally attracted her to the SON was its innovation and pio- exposed birth defects and improve the long-term health prospects neering spirit including its leadership in implementing caring theory, of women and their children,” said Pam Gillen, ND, assistant advancing qualitative research methods, and developing one of the first professor of nursing research and a principal developer of clinical doctoral programs in nursing. Early in her career at the SON, Personal Choices. Smith was involved with the work of Jean Watson, PhD, FAAN, distin- The brainchild of a team of health care professionals who guished professor, and the Center for Human Caring (now called the work one-on-one with women through the university’s Fetal Center for Integrative Caring Practice). Alcohol Syndrome Prevention Outreach Project and Colorado “Technical skills will always be a part of nursing, but that’s not the Statewide Area Health Education Centers, the project is based on essence of nursing,” she said. “Nurses need to develop and apply the Project Choices, a research project conducted by the Centers for knowledge of healing through caring relationships with patients. This is Disease Control and Prevention of the Department of Health what is needed to transform health care and ultimately improve the quali- and Human Services. ty of life of people we serve.” National Nurses Week 2007 Nightingale Awards Set The 22nd annual celebration of Nightingale Awards for Excellence in Human Caring is coming. Saturday, May 12, 2007 The Renaissance Hotel 3801 Quebec, Denver, Colorado For nomination criteria and form go to: www.coloradonursesfoundation.org For further information, please contact: Colorado Nurses Foundation Corinne Koehler, Nightingale Coordinator 7831 Lewis Court SON faculty served ice cream to students at CUSNA-sponsored Arvada, Colorado 80005 National Nurses Day celebrated in May. Phone/Fax: 303-758-4291 SCHOOL OF NURSING Fall 2006 ALUMNI NEWS PAGE 5 Patriotism in spite of prejudice Japanese American women serve in Cadet Nurse Corps during WWII By Kenna Bruner The government had responded nurses. Twelve Nisei were accepted hospitals, thus preventing a poten- Office of Public Relations to the nursing shortage by develop- at CU while the two other schools tial medical crisis. Although the ing the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, admitted one Nisei each. corps was not a military unit, it func- When Thelma Robinson decid- the country’s first federally subsi- “That says a lot about how open- tioned as a uniformed service under ed to write a book about the Cadet dized nursing recruitment pro- minded CU was during that time,” the U.S. Public Health Service. Nurse Corps, she wanted to tell the gram. For Robinson who grew up said Robinson. Japanese American women were little known story of young women during the Depression, joining the As America engaged in war, given the opportunity to leave the recruited by the United States gov- Cadet Nurse Corps was a way to get many registered nurses were recruit- camps and serve as nurses until the ernment to alleviate a critical nurs- an education. For the Nisei ed into the Army Nurse Corps and corps’ end in 1948. They felt it was ing shortage during World War II. women, joining the corps was also a sent overseas, leaving the nation’s their patriotic duty to respond. While conducting research for way out of the internment of peo- hospitals with a serious nursing Robinson chose not to write the the book, Robinson uncovered an ple of Japanese descent. shortage. This came at a time when book as a scholarly publication, but even more obscure story about more illnesses and injuries rather as a historical book in order some second generation Japanese were being treated in hospi- to reach a wider readership. Americans (or Nisei) who braved tals rather than at home, “We need to remember what they the racism and hysteria that swept increasing demand for nurs- did for this country and to realize the the United States after the bomb- ing staff. Despite a desperate prejudice they endured in spite of ing of Pearl Harbor to join the need for nurses, hundreds of their sacrifices,” said Robinson. Cadet Nurse Corps. Japanese American women In April of 2006 the National In the fall of 1941, more than were denied admittance to Japanese American Historical 350 Nisei women were enrolled in nursing schools. It was feared Society invited Robinson to a book nursing schools on the West Coast, that patients would react neg- signing and panel discussion atively if cared for by a in San Francisco. Five of the Nisei but the events of Dec. 7, 1941, Japanese American nurse nurses attended. changed the course of their lives. while the country was at war They were forced to leave school with Japan. and enter internment camps. Once To ensure that the United the United States was at war and States had enough nurses to until 1943, only 84 of those stu- For more information, visit care for patients’ needs at dents were permitted to re-enter book Nisei Cadet Nurse of World War home and on the war fronts, Thelma Robinson, MS, ’70, signs her www.cadetnurse.com. To pur- II: Patriotism in Spite of Prejudice nursing schools. chase a copy of Nisei Cadet President Roosevelt signed In February 1942, President into law the bill that created Nurse of World War II: Patriotism Franklin Roosevelt authorized the During the early internment the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps in in Spite of Prejudice, contact the War Department to relocate from years, the SON was one of only June 1943. The legislation fully university bookstore at “military areas” anyone deemed a three collegiate nursing programs funded the training of nurses for 303/315-5725. threat to national security. that accepted Japanese-American civilian, military and veterans’ Considered a hotbed of sabotage President’s Message and espionage, entire communities were uprooted and moved inland. Some 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry were held in bleak intern- We hope you will be pleased to know that the CU School of Nursing ment camps, living in tar paper bar- Alumni Association awarded its first scholarship to Tasha Mansfield. Tasha racks surrounded by barbed wire is a bright student who maintains a 3.9 GPA while demonstrating leadership and under guard for the duration skills, integrity and a strong commitment to the discipline of nursing. Please of the war. see page 6 for an interview with Tasha to learn more about her. Thanks to all Nisei Cadet Nurse of World War II: of our members who support these scholarship awards through their mem- Patriotism in Spite of Prejudice, pub- bership dues and to those of you who contributed additional gifts to support lished this year, tells the experi- scholarships and the work of the association. ences of some of these young Nisei The board unanimously voted to name this scholarship in honor of Clare women, of their lives disrupted, Sandekian, MS, ’69. Clare is a past president of the association, served on nursing careers delayed and person- the board of directors for seven years and works tirelessly in support of the al liberties denied. Robinson school. She has been responsible for the awards committee and the annual shared their stories with SON fac- reunion activities, attending every reunion weekend since I joined the board. Clare received her ulty, students and alumni at a book Master of Science degree in psychiatric nursing and served as associate director of nursing at signing held during the School of University of Colorado Hospital (then called Colorado General Hospital), from 1969 to 1974, where Nursing’s Alumni Reunion she interviewed and then gave me my first job here in Colorado in 1969. When Clare discovered our Weekend Luncheon on April 28. plan to name this scholarship, she said she was grateful it was not “in memoriam.” Those of you who “Through the experience of know her can appreciate her sense of humor. writing about the Cadet Nurse The board would not only like to continue these annual scholarships but would like to expand both the number and the amount of the scholarships awarded. To do that, we need your help. Please Corps, I met several Japa- support your alumni association and its scholarship fund. With the cost of education today, students nese/American women and heard definitely need support and the work we accomplish together will benefit not just one or two indi- about their stories,” said Robinson, viduals but society at large. MS, ’70, a former faculty member Best regards, at the School of Nursing. “Nothing had been written about them and I felt they needed a book to tell their Karren Kowalski, PhD, FAAN, MS ‘71 stories.” SCHOOL OF NURSING PAGE 6 ALUMNI NEWS Fall 2006 Interview: Nursing student Tasha Mansfield Tasha Mansfield, BS, ’06, was for me and my family. I now selected to receive the first CU have the opportunity to grow in School of Nursing Alumni Asso- a wonderful profession and to ciation Sandekian Scholarship promote it to others. Though it because she is a wonderful example of has been a good decision, it has the caliber of nursing students in the been hard and many sacrifices school today. Not only is she academ- have been made to go back to ically proficient, but she achieves this school and change careers. Any while balancing a job and family. She assistance in funding, small or is focused and has a strong commit- large, is incredibly helpful. It ment toward her specialty area and alleviates some of the financial graduate degrees. Her instructors and burden now and especially colleagues feel that she has the poten- after graduation. Knowing that tial to make a significant contribution you’ve had some assistance is to the nursing profession. Wende relieving and decreases the Reoch of the Alumni Relations stress during school. Thanks to Office interviewed Tasha this sum- this scholarship and other mer and shares their conversation: funding sources, I am able to work as a part-time nurse and Wende Reoch: What prompted therefore have energy to com- you to consider nursing as a career? mit to my studies and give 100 Tasha Mansfield: I come from a percent in all of my clinical very loving and compassionate fami- Tasha Mansfield, BS, ’06, with Clare Sandekian, MS, ’69, at the experiences. Receiving this ly. I have many nurses in my family Annual Alumni Luncheon in April 2006. scholarship is an honor and I and very nurturing parents; they am so thankful that my hard have all been an inspiration to me to among many other classes with the WR: How will the scholarship work has been recognized. Thank treat others in a caring way. I origi- clinical doctorate. award help you? you alumni! nally began a career as an animal sci- TM: Choosing to go back to Read the entire interview at ence major and worked for years as WR: I understand you are cur- school has been a very wise decision www.uchsc.edu/nursing. an ‘animal nurse’ or veterinary tech- rently working with special needs nician. I enjoyed the work I did, how- kids. What prompted you to select Join the School of Nursing ever it was not a long-term career for that focus for your graduate work? me. In evaluating what I liked about TM: Before I began college, I had Alumni Association the job in particular, I really liked the years of volunteer experience in my interaction and education with the hometown. In particular, I volun- patients, the variety in the work day, teered for a park district program in and the team environment. Nursing which we took children with special encompasses all of these aspects. needs on day trips. I truly loved that Support from our members makes the difference between medi- time of my life. I also come from a ocrity and excellence. Membership in the alumni association helps to WR: You have a degree in veteri- large family and by growing up nary science; what prompted you to advance the programs of the SONAA, which benefit alumni, stu- around many children I knew I dents, faculty and the community, and advance the vision and mis- change your focus? enjoyed them. Upon starting nursing TM: My previous degree is similar sion of the School of Nursing. school, I was immediately drawn to to a biology degree and so I have maternal-child nursing. In working Simply visit our website at www.uchsc.edu/alumni/nursing to always had a focus on life sciences. download the membership form. Annual membership is just $35/year, with children as a population, but Nursing was a great fit and almost or you can show your continuing support by becoming a lifetime mem- felt like a natural progression from especially with children with special my previous degree and career. I needs, education and relationship ber for $350 (which can be paid in three yearly installments). could take my previous experiences building is a critical piece of provid- ing good nursing care. This was CU license plates drive and education and integrate them with nursing. Nursing also is very attractive to me and applicable to appealing in that there are so many both hospital-based care and public scholarship funds options for the future. The opportu- health nursing. nities are endless. WR: Tell us a little bit about WR: What specific aspect(s) of yourself and your family – what do the program at the UCDHSC you like to do for fun? TM: I was a military child; my Alumni association members enjoy the benefit of discounted prices School of Nursing attracted you to apply? father was in the Navy. I moved for the CU license plates available in Colorado. Since the program’s TM: I am currently a student of approximately every three years until inception six years ago, we have generated $10,375 for scholarships that the MS/DNP program. The DNP I was in college and have to-date lived go to deserving University of Colorado at Denver and Health Sciences was previously the ND program and in more than 20 places across the Center students. that was the initial route I took. United States. I have very fond mem- For more information about the CU license plates, or to become a When I began, I was attracted to the ories of growing up, traveling with member of the alumni association, please visit our website at program because it built upon my my father, mother and younger brother, and spending time up in www.uchsc.edu/alumni or call toll free 877-472-2586. previous degree (a prior bachelor’s degree was required), it was an accel- North Dakota and Minnesota with erated program and then gave fur- our large extended family. I am now ther preparation at the graduate married almost five years and have level. I also was attracted to the two cats. I do not have children yet, amount of clinical hours and hands- but look forward to starting a family. on work that I would have during the Due to my family influence of being curriculum. Since then I have come in Minnesota, I love the water and to appreciate the transition into the look forward to summers when I can MS/DNP, because we gain education spend time at the pool and lake. I in a specialty area with the master’s also enjoy time with family, friends, and continue to get formal education traveling, watching movies, and in research, system assessment, pro- spending time outdoors and explor- gram design, and case management ing new places. SCHOOL OF NURSING Fall 2006 ALUMNI NEWS PAGE 7 Class Notes $26,787, and she says “We would ing and health assessment. She also tions for AANN national certified 1950s like to have 100 percent contribution worked as a PNP prior to her appoint- examination. Sharon is an active Loretta C. Ford, BS, ’49, MS, rate from our class!” Mary encour- ment at the college. She lost her hus- member in the Rocky Mountain ’51, RN, PNP, EdD, Wildwood, Fla. ages support of the scholarship band more than two years ago, and Chapter of AANN, and is on the In May 2006, Ford received the through gifts made payable to the has done a little traveling and a great nominating committee for the Columbia University School of CU Foundation c/o SON Class of deal of quilting since then. Colorado Nursing Association. She Nursing Second Century Award for 1958 Scholarship Fund at 4200 E. belongs to NACNS and reviews Excellence in Health Care. In July 9th Ave, A-080, Denver, Colo. Marlene McAllister, MS, ’77, books and articles for publications. 2006, she received the Elinor Reed 80262. The Class of 1958 would Odessa, Texas, is now the CNO at Distinguished Lecturer Award and The also enjoy hearing from you. Send Medical Center Hospital in Odessa, Betsy Cummings, MS, ’95, Lena Angevine Award for Outstanding a short email to mmary312- Tex. Medical Center Hospital is the CFNP, Greenville, Miss., is a mem- Leadership in Improving the Health of @yahoo.com. regional referral center for the ber of the Delta Artist Association, the People of the World from the University of Tennessee Health Permian Basin in West Texas. and has been actively pursuing her Science Center College of Nursing. 1960s love of painting for the past four Janet (Sollenberger) Puglisi, BS, Mariah A. Taylor, MS, ’79, years. She has entered several con- Ford's 40-year history of initiating ’67, Longmont, Colo., was recently Portland, Ore., started a grass-roots, tests and received honorable men- the Nurse Practitioner Movement promoted to director at Professional community-based clinic for the poor tions for two acrylic paintings, and is with the late pediatrician, Henry K. Home Health, Inc., located in in November of 1980 and has seen currently in charge of a fall, judged Silver, MD, at CU has earned her Denver, Longmont and Boulder. She more than 30,000 children of the art show. Two years ago, she was on recognition and awards for paving the way for the production of writes, “Are there any class of ’67 medically poor, financially indigent, the Governor’s pharmaceutics and 150,000 Nurse Practitioners in the nurses out there? I would love to hear and uninsured families of the com- therapeutics committee for the state nation today and the global spread of what some of you are doing.” munity. She writes, “Families have of Mississippi, after the legislator the Nurse Practitioner in over 75 traveled for more than 300 miles to mandated that a nurse practitioner countries around the world. 1970s receive care from someone who sit on the board. She writes of the Additionally, in April 2006, New Jeannie O’Sullivan, MS, ’71, San cares. Love is such a valuable and pre- experience, “It was definitely enlight- York’s University of Rochester Antonio, Texas, taught at the cious commodity.” ening. I served for three years and School of Nursing dedicated an edu- University of Texas Health Science saw how long and drawn out passing cational wing in Ford’s name to Center School of Nursing after grad- uating from the CU School of 1980s laws can be.” honor her 14 year tenure there as Chuck Sheeley, PMC, ’83, MSN, Dean and Director of Nursing. Nursing. Classmates may remember her as Evangeline Ochoa. In 1983, APN, Reno, Nev., completed the 2000s CORE Primary Adult Nurse Rose Craigo, PMC, ’04, Cen- Adele Parsons de Ryk, BS, ’53, she began working with a private psy- Practitioner Program in August of tennial, Colo., will be moving to Loveland, Colo., writes to tell us she chiatric group and acquired ANA 1983. In 2001, he retired as a Minneapolis in September or “is still involved in nursing, ‘tho now certification as a psychiatric and Commander after a career as Navy October 2006, as her husband has on a volunteer basis.” Adele is a mental health nurse. Nurse Practitioner. He is married to been transferred. She is excited about parish nurse for her church; she took As managed care evolved in the former Laura Hughey, a fellow exploring a new home state and job the CU parish nurse certificate Texas, she worked developing special classmate during his undergraduate opportunities. course. She also volunteers for services for women and children. In years at the University of Texas Planned Parenthood on a weekly 1994, Jeannie established a solo prac- tice and acquired a license as a pro- School of Nursing in San Antonio. IN MEMORIAM basis. “Seems like once a nurse, Chuck is currently splitting his time Barbara McGhghy, BS, ’55, always a nurse! I continue to be fessional counselor and a marriage working at Planned Parenthood and Denver, Colo., died April 21, 2006. proud to be a CU nursing alumna,” and family therapist. Three years MedWise for Seniors (along with A Denver native, she married she said. later, she completed a doctorate in Laura) an internal medicine practice Richard McGhghy in 1959 and mental health from St. Mary’s for geriatrics. together they had two children, a Marilyn Park, BS, ’54, Lynn- University. Presently, O’Sullivan con- daughter Lynn, who preceded her wood, Wash., notes that she lived in tinues an individual mental heath Natalie Hawkins DeBakker, BS, mother in death and a son, Scott, of Utah for more than 50 years, where and wellness practice with specializa- ’85, Fraser, Colo., recently returned Phoenix, Arizona. Scott said of his she worked in hospitals, public tion in situational crises, grief and from a month-long adventure travel- mother, “She always gave of herself. health, and home health as a psych bereavement, and chronic illness ing through England, Ireland, It was just in her blood. Her mom nurse. She moved to the Seattle area affecting mental health. Scotland, Holland, and Denmark was a nurse, too.” After working as a in May 2005 to be near her sons and Active in her community, she with her son Drew, a new high school nurse in Fresno, Calif., she grandsons. She obtained her MS and assisted in developing a non-profit school graduate, and daughter, Mia, returned to Colorado in the early PhD in psych nursing at the organization, The Children’s Fine 15. Drew will attend CU Boulder 1970s to work as a nurse in the University of Utah and is now retired Arts Series that exposes young chil- this fall. Ms. DeBakker works as a Adams County Five Star School from the state divisions of mental dren to performing arts (www.chil- full-time staff RN at Seven Mile District 12. Grade schoolers called health and health. She has been drensfineartseries.org), and is on The Medical Clinic at the base of the her “nursey” because they found her doing Medicare surveys of freestand- Citizen’s Advisory Committee for Winter Park Ski Area. last name difficult to guess the pro- ing psychiatric hospitals since 1984 the local public owned utility compa- nunciation. She retired in 1997 and and served as a parish nurse in her ny, CPS Energy (www.citypublicser- vice.com). 1990s was a volunteer three days a week at Presbyterian Church. Sonya Renae Hardin, PhD, ’90, the Colorado AIDS Project. In addi- Hickory, N.C., associate professor at tion to her son, Barbara is survived Mary Lee Bradbury Matthias, Shannon E. Perry, MS, ’71, RN, the University of North Carolina at by one sister, Helen Linn, of Golden; BS, ’57, Casa Grande, Ariz., and her PhD, FAAN, Phoenix, Ariz., taught Charlotte, recently completed a post and a nephew, Casey Linn of husband, Norman, just returned a course in May/June 2006 on doctoral fellowship at the University Golden. from a river cruise down the Rhine, International Perspectives in Nursing of N.C. at Chapel Hill with her men- Main, and Danube Rivers, where she and Health Care and spent two tor, Mary H. Palmer, PhD, RNC, G. Lavinia Flaherty, BS, ’61, MS, ran into a fellow CU grad. She wrote, weeks in China with six undergradu- FAAN, the Umplett Distinguished ’66, Chicago, Ill., former nursing “Who should I meet but Barbara ate students. She writes, “It was a Professor in Aging. Hardin has a supervisor and assistant director of Lawrie from the Class of ’60. The marvelous experience in which we research interest in fatigue among Nursing Education, died on April trip in itself was terrific, but having a visited hospitals, schools of nursing, heart failure patients. 12, 2006 after a long illness. Beloved fellow Buff aboard was a delightful a hospice, a clinic, and a traditional wife of the late Dr. Edward Michael surprise.” The Matthias’ are enjoying medicine market as well as partici- Sharon Baker, BS, ’93, MS, ’95, Flaherty; loving mother of Kass F. good health and good friends pated in cultural events. I plan to CNRN, APRN-BC, Lakewood, (Michael S.) Sigal; and beloved in Arizona. offer the course again in 2007.” Colo., writes to tell us that she has grandmother of Sarah C. Sigal. She changed jobs to become the nurse was laid to rest at Fort Logan Mary Haave, BS, ’58, Evergreen, Marion S. Lane, MS, ’75, San manager on the Pulmonary Medi- Cemetery in Denver. Donations may Colo., reports that the Class of 1958 Diego, Calif., writes to tell us that cine Unit at the University of be made in her memory to the Scholarship Fund is GROWING - she is retired from Point Loma Colorado Hospital. She was also cer- University of Colorado Foundation, thanks to all of you who have con- Nazarene University as an assistant tified as an advanced practiced nurse Attn: School of Nursing, 4740 tributed. The current balance is professor. She taught pediatric nurs- this year, and writes the test ques- Walnut St., Boulder, CO 80301. SCHOOL OF NURSING PAGE 8 ALUMNI NEWS Fall 2006 Partnership and teamwork: Formula for a great 50th class reunion By Mary Racen Brown cial event. Following that initial Ardis Phillips Miller was invaluable unable to leave Grand Junction; Class of 1956 meeting, the “usual suspects” – as the person who agreed to coordi- and Miss Rueggeberg sent regards classmates who gather annually to nate contacting various Colorado- and her best wishes to all of us from The 18 members of the class of enjoy being together – decided in resident classmates, encouraging her home in Illinois. Just prior to 1956 who attended their 50th addition to attending activities them to come. We contacted for- the luncheon, we were saddened to reunion in Denver have now expe- common to the annual Alumni mer instructors, inviting them to learn that Alice Haakinson had rienced all three phases common to Weekend events in Denver, we attend, as well as Alice Haakinson, passed away in South Dakota. such a milestone event: anticipa- would also incorporate Louise King our former CG “dorm mother.” During the luncheon, we pre- tion, celebration, and post-celebra- Rauseo’s offer to coordinate a sented the school with a re-creation tion memories. Partnership and three-day Estes Park YMCA Site Celebration of our class picture to hang along- teamwork enhanced each and Extension option for everyone. Imagine all the catching up we side the school’s other class pic- every phase. Using their address database, the got to do when we were reunited tures – a replacement for our origi- alumni office sent out letters to all with Frieda Arnold Holt, Grace nal one that was lost. After the Anticipation our class members describing our Leonard Proctor, and Marty Howell luncheon, Dorothy Gregg conduct- Two years beforehand, in 2004, plans, and helped facilitate the one- Clift – classmates we hadn’t seen in ed a tour for us of the school’s bur- Nancy Inge Baker, Betty Locke on-one phone calls we made to 50 years – as well as all the class- geoning History Center. Oswald and I met with Wende encourage classmates to come. mates who were last together at our Those of us who went on to the Reoch at the HSC Office of Nancy Inge Baker located and initi- 25th reunion! Estes Park Extension were treated to Alumni Relations to discuss ideas ated contact with Marty Howell Highlights of the Denver cele- a gorgeous setting, a herd of elk who to make our celebration a truly spe- Clift, long listed as “lost,” and bration included a tour of the new came to munch on the young grass campus in Aurora; a box supper outside the lodge we stayed in, and SAVE THE DATE! evening at which Mary Jo Barnhart wonderfully cooperative weather. Alumni Weekend 2007 Powell treated us to a slide show composed of old pictures from our nursing school years; a delightful, Memories and very special “Dinner at The Alumni Office printed a Arnie’s,” prepared for us by the memory booklet for us; a collection The School of Nursing Alumni Association and the Office of Alumni of informational pages about our- family of the former Casa Mayan; Relations invite you to mark your calendar for Alumni Weekend 2007: selves that all the members of the and the annual alumni luncheon, Sept. 27 - 29, 2007. class were invited to submit for at which our class was honored. Fall 2007 will be an exciting time at the School of Nursing, as students, inclusion. We were especially We were doubly, and very faculty and staff transition to the new space at the Anschutz Medical pleased that Floydette Eaton Seal, deeply honored to have Janet Campus. Alumni Weekend has moved to the fall in order to take advan- Velazquez, our anatomy instructor, Barbara Lockie Auter, Audrey tage of beautiful fall weather, the excitement of the start of the academic and Dorothy Gregg, psychiatric Wood Fenton, Katherine Ferguson, year with new students on campus and the opportunity to participate in nursing instructor, attend the and Nancy Waterfield, who couldn’t homecoming activities for those of us who are sports fans. We hope you luncheon with us. We had fun teas- be with us in Denver, each sent a will be able to join us for this exciting opportunity to visit your alma mater! ing Dorothy Gregg about the tim- page about themselves to be includ- Alumni Weekend 2007 activities will include the annual breakfast and ing of the sabbatical leave she took ed. It was a great way for them to school update with the dean, faculty and students, a walking tour of the just before she would otherwise “be with us,” too. new campus, an opportunity to attend the CU vs. Oklahoma homecom- have had the joy of being our psych The memories will long linger ing game on Saturday and other great activities. We also will honor the instructor! through the photographs the alum- Class of 1957, as they celebrate their 50th reunion at the Annual Alumni Loretta Ford, our public health ni office’s Anthony Kapp put onto Luncheon. Members of the Class of 1957 are already hard at work plan- ning their reunion activities. nursing instructor, sent us her a disk for us, and the many pictures If you are interested in learning more about Alumni Weekend, or regrets that she could not attend classmates took, and have since would like to organize an activity for your class, please contact the Office because she was at the dedication shared with each other. of Alumni Relations at 877-HSC-ALUM (472-2586) or send an e-mail to of a building being named in her Thanks to partnership and email@example.com. honor at New York’s University of teamwork, our 50th reunion was a Rochester; Eugenia McClure was grand event! SCHOOL NURSING NEWS 9 OF Fall 2006 PAGE Moms bring a heaping portion of culture to the table By Kenna Bruner betes, and a diabetes mortality rate will be faced with a morbidly obese, “If nurses give quick advice Office of Public Relations twice that of the white population. dysfunctional population that will about getting a child to lose weight, Through their research, Clark strain the health care system with an that could possibly harm the child Graciella Contreras takes pride and Johnson learned that families appalling array of health problems. more if he isn’t followed with regu- in providing healthy meals for her with a parent working two jobs or Nurses on the front line lar health care,” Clark said. five children. Guests to her Denver doing shift work tended to substi- in the obesity battle “They’re reluctant to label a child home are offered fresh fruit as snacks tute snacking in place of regular The staggering rise in the num- as overweight or obese.” and there is not a calorie of junk mealtimes, serving fast food and bers of overweight children, with its The study is providing valuable food to be found in her cupboards. information to the researchers. The Contreras, who emigrated from next step will be to build a commu- Mexico as a young adult, can’t under- nity-based participatory coalition to stand why many Latina mothers in help develop measurable interven- this country let their children get fat. tions in Hispanic children. It’s easier for them to reach for a bag Improving the health of young chil- of chips or bring home a dinner in a dren who are overweight depends bag than to prepare nutritious food on structuring conversations with for their babies, she told Lauren parents about obesity prevention, Clark, PhD, FAAN, associate dean integrated with an understanding for research and extramural affairs at of cultural norms and feeding prac- the School of Nursing. tices specific to the family. “When my first child was born, “Biology is not destiny, nor is my life changed,” Contreras one’s family eating pathology one’s explained. “Now I had a child, destiny,” said Clark. “Even pre- someone I was responsible for. That Graciella Contreras’s children have all been the picture of health since they school children can be supported responsibility changed the decisions were young. in learning and applying self-regula- I made about my own health and tion to eating.” made me determined to help my For parents like Graciela child make healthy decisions.” discouraging boisterous indoor play associated health ills and financial Contreras, who have immigrated to Contreras’s success in creating a to keep the kids quiet and content. burdens, is an issue that health care the United States and raised providers are facing on a daily basis. healthy home environment can be healthy children without a weight Cultural attitudes It has been noted that school nurs- seen in her five healthy, normal- problem, the answer is vigilance. The researchers have found that es may soon be regularly called weight children, ranging in age Clark and her research team are Latina moms frequently have inac- upon to administer insulin shots from eight to 17. interested in how cultural beliefs curate perceptions of whether their and hypertension medication. Clark wanted to get Contreras’s and practices in families like children have a weight problem. Lack of a “medical home” (a perspective on healthy eating habits Contreras’s set up parents and Often, the women believed their dedicated health care provider or for a study she and her collaborator grandparents to value fresh food, children were a normal weight and facility) can set patients up to have -- Susan Johnson, PhD -- are con- family mealtimes, gardening and that chubby children are healthier. escalating health problems that ducting on the obesity epidemic developmentally appropriate intro- One reason that obesity is aren’t noticed or dealt with in a among Hispanic children in the duction of weaning foods. “Parents increasing among Latino kids, the timely fashion. Nurses may see Denver metro area. Their goal is to have to make hard choices. I have researchers have found, is that their overweight kids occasionally for understand the influence of never had much money,” said parents, who are second and third acute situations but feel conflicted Hispanic culture on food habits Contreras, “and it is my job to see generation Americans, about dealing with a chronic prob- and the role of women have switched from lem when they might not see the that I use that money to buy healthy in nutrition. serving traditional child again for a year. food. I have to say ‘no’ a lot.” “Obesity begins early,” foods, such as rice, SON Former Faculty and said Clark. beans and vegetables, According to nation- to less nutritious, fast- Alumni Wins Award al estimates, 40-50 per- food options. cent of school-age Mexi- “I’ve worked with can-American boys and immigrant families Sally Phillips, PhD, MS, ’76, SON alumna and former faculty 34-52 percent of school- who come with defi- member, is currently the director of the Bioterrorism and Public age Mexican-American nite ideas about fresh Health Emergency Preparedness Research Program at the Agency for girls are overweight or fruits and vegetables Lauren Clark, Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), at the Department of obese, compared to 20-25 PhD, FAAN and exercise, like Health and Human Services (DHHS), percent of non-Hispanic Graciella. People with Washington, DC. She has received the 2006 white children. In 2005, Hispanics those habits do great,” said Clark. Secretary’s Award for Distinguished Service, from made up 19 percent of Colorado’s “Two or three generations down DHHS. Phillips was selected for the award population. the line, especially if they are living for making a “major contribution to an in poverty in inner cities, they improved state of emergency preparedness Obesity is a complex issue become unhealthy in the American due to your vision and commitment towards Overweight and obese young fast-food environment.” a better understanding of the Nation’s children are like the canaries in the Designating junk food as a healthcare system,” according to the com- coal mine for the health care sys- scapegoat isn’t a complete answer. mendation on the award. tem, since their expanded girth Nor should improved school lunch- Her nominator, AHRQ director, Carolyn Clancy, MD stated, puts them at greater risk for hyper- es and fewer drive-through meals be “Dr. Phillips’ early efforts to understand the importance of America’s tension, stroke, type 2 diabetes and considered a panacea for solving public and private health care system resulted in AHRQ supported certain cancers. the obesity problem. But unless research that has set the standard for assessing and measuring Hispanics have a three-fold something is done to stop chil- surge capacity. increase in the prevalence of dia- dren’s ballooning weight, society SCHOOL NURSING NEWS 10 OF PAGE Fall 2006 Faculty and Staff Milestones Lynn Gilbert, PhD, assistant Conference in Human Caring Pete Wolfe is new director of Admissions, professor, co-PI, and colleagues are in Perth, Western Australia, in June. Student Services and Diversity part of a multi-campus collaboration that received a two-year, $400,000 Pete Wolfe recently arrived at the SON from the grant from the Robert Wood Amy Barton, PhD, associate downtown Denver campus where he worked for Johnson Foundation for a “Healthy professor and Associate Dean for more than twenty years, first at the School of Eating Research Initiative.” The Clinical and Community Affairs, Business and later at the Graduate School of Public project began on July 1. has received a five-year grant from Affairs, where he was assistant dean. He also the Health Resources and Services worked for three years on the CU-Boulder campus. Administration (HRSA), Division During his 10-year tenure at the GSPA, Wolfe L i n d a of Nursing, U.S. Department of helped to launch the school’s accelerated (daytime) Krebs, PhD, Health and Human Services, to MPA program and served as its first director. Wolfe associate fund the salaries and operating holds a bachelor’s degree in business management professor, expenses of the School’s Sheridan with a special emphasis in economics and an MBA has been sel- Health Services clinic. The clinic Pete Wolfe from CU, and has completed 30 hours of work ected as a provides primary health care servic- toward a PhD in public affairs. Fellow in the es to persons of all ages, including “We’re facing a shortage of nurses in the state, as well as regionally, p re st i g i o u s physical assessments, immuniza- nationally and internationally. In the next 10 years we’re going to need American tions, minor acute care, manage- another 7,000 nurses in Colorado alone,” he said. “This is a chance for Academy of ment of stable chronic disease con- me to really put in some work on this issue and to help to address the prob- N u r s i n g Linda Krebs, PhD ditions, and referrals for complex lem over time.” (AAN). and emergent care. The SON “This is a great national honor that acknowledges the generosity of the Friends of Nursing awards recognizes her accomplishments in Sheridan School District in provid- the care of those with cancer, and ing space and utilities for the clinic scholarships at spring luncheon her outstanding contributions in and recognizes The Children’s oncology,” said Dean Patricia Hospital, which originally initiated Moritz. Added Krebs, “I am thrilled the clinic. to be elected to the Academy. It is The Friends of Nursing (FON) held its 2006 Spring Luncheon and something I had really hoped for D r e w Scholarship Awards on April 22, 2006 at the Pinehurst Country Club and will be one of the highlights of Mirque, who in Denver. Eight students from the SON received FON scholarships directed the for the 2006-07 year. my career.” (Look for an article fea- S O N We b Recipients this year included: turing Dr. Krebs in the spring 2007 efforts and Lory Maddox, PhD student, FON President’s Scholarship; Leslie issue of the SON News.) associated Moak, BS student, FON Scholarship; Laura Murtaugh, BS student, technoloy pro- Dusty Biddle Memorial Scholarship; Amanda Paschall, MS student, Jean Watson, PhD, distin- jects, has left FON Scholarship; Cynthia Thomas, PhD student, FON Scholarship; guished professor, gave the opening the school to Elizabeth Tucker, MS/DNP student, Verda Richie Scholarship; and keynote address at the 25th move back to Stacey Wall, MS student, FON Scholarship. Anniversary of French University, Drew Mirque the East coast FON members are community leaders, about half of whom are in Beirut, Lebanon in May and the to be closer nurses, who actively support the profession of nursing. Since its keynote address for the first to his family. founding in 1981, the organization has awarded more than $1 million International Congress of Arabic He joined the school in 1992 to in scholarship and grant assistance directly to nursing students. For Nursing. She also gave the keynote develop the Denver Free-Net, a more scholarship or membership information, write to FON, Box 735, address for the International community information system. Englewood, Colo., 80151-0735. Master’s student honored Janice Kelly awarded scholarship Carole Cassidy, a master’s student in the Health Systems Leadership Congratulations to Janice Kelly, recipient of the 2006 Colorado online program at the School of Nursing, has been named one of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (CHIMSS) Dallas/Fort Worth Hospital Council’s Great 100 Nurses for 2006. Health Information Technology Scholarship Award for Leadership. Kelly Winners are chosen by their peers and patients, and are selected is an MS student in health care informatics at the SON and plans to grad- because they most exemplify excellence in the art and science of nursing. uate in the summer of 2007. Criteria for nomination includes leadership, service, acting as a role Kelly has been in nursing informatics for the past 10 years. Prior to her model, compassion and significant contributions to the community and informatics career, she spent 16 years as a critical care nurse working in a the profession. variety of critical care environments. She has assisted Hospital Cassidy is manager of ambulatory services at Presbyterian Hospital of Corporation of America and MEDITECH in the development and imple- Plano, Texas. She is a specialist in perioperative nursing and is a Certified mentation of multiple clinical information systems projects. Nurse of the Operating Room. She graduated with a BSN in 1985 from Kelly is board certified in nursing informatics and has presented at the George Mason University. In 2003, she earned a certificate in clinical edu- CHIMSS Nursing Informatics Committee on Barcode Medication cation from the School of Nursing. Administration and the Impact of Computerized Physician Order Entry She credits Mary McHugh, PhD, SON associate professor, for being a on Nursing. strong influence in her pursuit of higher education in nursing. The flexi- “Winning this scholarship was an honor,” said Kelly. “It demonstrates bility of the SON’s online programs allows her to pursue her MS degree how nurses are respected in the areas of health information management while working full time and raising three children with her husband. and the important role the informatics nurse has on nursing practice.” “I am driven to push the limits and create experiences that are mean- The $5,000 CHIMSS scholarship is awarded to a student pursuing an ingful for patients, their families and my colleagues,” she said. “I have a advanced degree in the field of health care informatics. true love for nursing and the impact it has on individuals and society.” SCHOOL NURSING NEWS 11 OF Fall 2006 PAGE Sigma Theta Tau holds spring awards meeting The Sigma Theta Tau International, Alpha Kappa Chapter held its annual awards meeting April 3 with a buffet dinner, followed by the instal- lation of officers and award ceremony. Sharon Pappas, MS, outgoing vice- president, welcomed attendees to the spring awards program. New officers were installed, including Linda Campbell, PhD, as president; SON pro- fessor Ruth O’Brien, PhD, FAAN, as vice-president; and SON associate professor Cathy Thompson, PhD, as counselor. Three SON faculty received the Research Award, including senior instructors Victoria Baker, MS, and Mary Beth Makic, MS, and Teresa Sakraida, DNSc, assistant professor. Research Dissemination awards were presented to SON students – now graduates, Hannah Sandy, MS, ’06, and Candy Wilson, PhD, ’06. Gary Laustsen, PhD, ’05, chair of the Student Scholarship Committee, was rec- ognized for his scholarship, leadership, and research. He presented scholarships to the following SON students who were among the recipients: Leslie Moak, BS student, Agnes Love Scholarship Emily Schmitt, MS student, Henrietta Loughran Scholarship Lisa Thompson, MS to DNP student, Henrietta Loughran Scholarship Mishcha McCabe, ND to DNP student, SON students enjoy the buffet dinner preceding the Sigma annu- Jean Watson ND/DNP Scholarship al meeting and award ceremony. Jammi Rutledge, MS to DNP student, Karren Kowalski, PhD, FAAN, project director at the Center for Jean Watson ND/DNP Scholarship Nursing Excellence and president of the SON Alumni Association, closed Cathy Emeis, PhD student, Henrietta Loughran Scholarship the meeting with a presentation entitled, “Who You Are Speaks Louder Yuki Tasaka, PhD student, Henrietta Loughran Scholarship than What You Do or Say.” Baccalaureate student wins Mary Austin wins national essay award prestigious scholarship Kathryn Lynch, a nursing stu- Mary Austin, a graduate student in the SON master’s program— dent in the BS program at the Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) option, is the recipient of a School of Nursing, received an Gastroenterology Endowed Scholarship from the Nurse Practitioner award this past spring for her essay, Healthcare Foundation (NPHF) and Procter & Gamble. The schol- “How can the nursing profession arship is given to a NP student whose clinical and/or research inter- best prepare for the ever-growing pop- ests are in the field of gastroenterology. ulation of older adults,” from the Austin plans to graduate from the MS program in May of 2007. Nursing Spectrum/National Student Her goal is to work as an NP with adults, children and families who Nurse Association. Her essay is being are afflicted with chronic illness, specifically inflammatory bowel published in Nurse Week, Nursing disease (IBD), using medical management, support groups and Spectrum, and Imprint. teaching individuals and families positive adaptive coping strategies At 14, Lynch was volunteering in to improve their quality of life in the presence of life-long illness. nursing homes and at 16, she went She commented, “The absence of an effective transition from pediatric care in IBD to adult care has been evident throughout my to work in long-term care centers in years as a Gastroenterology Nurse Specialist and I have subsequent- the Chicago area. It was through subsequent life experience, including her ly developed a particular interest in assisting children during their father’s stroke and gradual decline that Lynch became interested in pur- transition from pediatric care to adult services.” suing a nursing career. “I saw there was a terrible deficit in the capacity of current institutions and methods to address the human, health and spiritual needs of older adults,” said Lynch. “I believe there is imminent and positive change flow- ing into this realm of health care and feel called to be part of it.” After she graduates in December 2006, Lynch plans to enter the BS- PhD program and work in geriatrics. One of her goals is to establish a healing place where elderly patients can recover from an acute condition after leaving the hospital, rather than being placed in a nursing home for rehabilitation. She wants to integrate complimentary and alternative therapies into the patients’ recovery process. Otherwise healthy elderly patients often become depressed and fearful when they’re sent to a nursing home to recuperate, says Lynch, even though it may only be a temporary stay. They equate being in a nursing home with their life being over. This existential crisis can lead to a rapid deterioration of their health. “I want to make sure there’s someplace else for them, other than a Master's student Mary Austin (right) receives NPHF/Proctor and nursing home, a place that’s life-giving,” said Lynch. “Working with the Gamble scholarship award from Victoria Erickson, PhD. elderly fires my passion. I look forward to contributing to the profession of nursing through this calling. Fall 2006 New Building Update You are invited SCHOOL OF NURSING NEWS The Art of Nursing A Fun(d)raising Benefit for the School of Nursing Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007 5:30 – 8:30 PM Brushstrokes Studio – Gallery 1059 South Gaylord Street Valet parking available. Tickets are $100 per person. For more information please contact: Angie Romani Chair, SON Advisory Board An east view of the EDII building, the School of Nursing’s new space 303-986-6261 at the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. The SON move-in sched- ule will begin in late fall 2007. * Artists will donate 10 percent of all sales to the School of Nursing.* Some of the advisory board members pictured at the board's August 29th meeting at the SON include, left to right: Barbara Robb, Ann Moore, Dean Patricia Moritz, Janet Mordecai, Jane Robb, and Terry Biddinger. Update on development and fund raising The School of Nursing is pleased to announce that support of the future of nurse practitioner education, an advisory board has been initiated at the school. practice, and research. Plans for an all-out campaign President Angie Romani leads the board in its mission to complete the fund during the 2006-07 academic Nonprofit organization to support SON efforts to prepare nurses in a univer- year are underway. Stay tuned! School of Nursing U.S. Postage sity setting with a commitment to education, clinical Congratulations to the Class of 1958 who have Mail Stop C288-1 PAID 4200 E. Ninth Ave. Denver, CO practice and research. The board has 16 supportive worked very hard to make an endowment from their Denver, CO 80262 Permit No. 904 members from the community who have been gener- class a reality. The class includes: Mary Haave, Kaye ous with time and resources. In addition to Angie Lemon, Henrietta Riedel, Sharon Rutledge, and Romani and Terry Biddinger, they include: Pat Cortez, Sauri Tagawa. Steve Edmonds, Jan Friedland, Maribeth Hanzlik, The school’s new Simulation Laboratory helps Carl Mahnke, Ann Moore, Janet Mordecai, Mary prepare nursing students for their clinical experiences Osborn, Linda Pryor, Pierre Prouty, Barbara Robb, using lifelike mannequins who “simulate” real symp- Jane Robb, Caroline Shreve, and Gene Sobczak. toms of many disease processes. Another generous Last summer the school received a $15,000 dona- donor has just given the funds to purchase a defibril- tion from a generous donor to kick off its new lator for the lab. The SON is so appreciative of the “Touched by a Nurse Program,” to support evidence- many donors and committed alumni who support based clinical practice and research in the school. the school. The SON is grateful to the many other donors If you have questions about the school’s fundrais- who have contributed to this program since then. The ing programs or would like to talk about a gift to the school continues to fundraise for this ongoing effort. School of Nursing, please contact Terry Biddinger, The School is continuing a successful program to BSN, director of External Relations, at 303-315-0768, fully fund the Loretta Ford Faculty Endowment in or firstname.lastname@example.org.