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					      SCHOOL                                                                     NURSING
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                                                                                        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
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                        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 karen.marks@uchsc.edu.                        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                               alumni@uchsc.edu
                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 karen.marks@uchsc.edu with your
                                                                                  Managing Editor, PR
               mailing address and your email address.
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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.
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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.”
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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.
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                                                          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.
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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
alumni@uchsc.edu.                                                                 honor at New York’s University of      teamwork, our 50th reunion was a
                                                                                  Rochester; Eugenia McClure was         grand event!
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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
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                              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.”
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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
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    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 terry.biddinger@uchsc.edu.

				
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