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Scholarship for Nursing
Pathways to Practice

We are excited to announce our new Scholarships for Nursing Pathways to Practice. As Colorado’s only nursing focused healthcare workforce center our focus now, along with the rest of the country, is to help increase the number of nurses serving our communities. As a non-profit we need many resources to support our efforts. This is where you come in. We invite you to partner with us to help create a scholarship fund aimed at building our state’s nursing workforce. 

Rosario Medina PhD, FNP-BC, ACNP, CNS, FAANP, FAAN was honored as a 2022 inductee into the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Medina is a faculty member at the University of Colorado where she is a Professor of Clinical Teaching as well as a lead FNP at Sheridan Family Clinic and served as one of the Centers first Nursing Workforce Diversity mentors.
Tammy Spencer DNP, RN, ACNS-BC, CCNS, CNE was named the National League of Nursing’s (NLN) Nurse Educator of the Year. Dr. Spencer is on faculty at the University of Colorado where she serves as the Assistant Dean of the Undergraduate Program, Associate Professor of Clinical Teaching Specialty Lead Academic Advisor, and in the Baccalaureate Nursing Program

Kathleen McInnis RN, MS - 2022 Nightingale

At our October all-staff meeting we took time to celebrate our very own Kathleen McInnis. Kathleen received the Nightingale award for advocacy in administration, education, research, and/or nontraditional nursing practice. Below is an overview of her project.

When hospitals closed to students due to the pandemic in 2020, refresher course participants (experienced nurses seeking to return to the workforce) were left out of the Governor's emergency orders allowing for student nurses to complete 100% of their clinical hours through a simulated clinical experience. After months of advocacy, data collection, presentations, and meeting attendance, the Colorado State Board of Nursing voted in October 2021 to allow nurses with inactive licenses the option to demonstrate competency and complete the requisite 120 clinical hours through up to 100% simulated clinicals. This decision has allowed Colorado to be a state leader in improving and expanding clinical education for previously licensed nurses that will transform the way nurses can re-enter the workforce, while helping to remove barriers for rural and disadvantaged nurses.
Registration for the February Clinical Scholars Workshop is Now Open

February 13-17, 2023
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Caregiver Connections
We will be continuing our learning series for National Caregiver's Month

Wednesday, December 7, 4:30-5:30 PM MST: Good Grief: Understanding Grief and Loss

Wednesday, December 14th, 4:30-5:30 PM MST: Mindset through the Holidays

This will be an informal time to meet and network with other caregivers, learn about local resources, and discuss topics including Resilience, Self-care, grief and loss, and more!
Rural/Underserved Nurse Practitioners
Recruiting is under way for rural and underserved nurse practitioners who want their PMHNP certificate! Licensed nurse practitioners who are currently embedded in rural/underserved Colorado, Wyoming or New Mexico are eligible to apply for the fellowship. The fellowship provides:

  • Financial stipend up to $18,500
  • Flexibility to choose your school
  • Monthly 1:1 academic and professional coaching
  • Training related to telehealth, trauma-informed leadership, and integrated care models 

Upon graduation, the PMHNP contractually agrees to practice in a rural/underserved setting for a minimum of two years for each year of funding received and once qualified, precept at least one student a year.

Interested & qualified, apply here:
Call Callie Anne Bittner for more information at 720-699-7834
Colorado Age Friendly Health Systems Coalition

Our Coalition has officially launched! The virtual kick-off will be Tuesday, 12/6 at 9 AM. The vision of our coalition is to promote and support the adoption of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Age Friendly Health System (AFHS) framework, concepts, and components as the standard practice of care across all Colorado healthcare settings.

All are welcome to attend. Learn about the nationwide AFHS movement from the IHI, hear about the newly updated Colorado Alzheimer's Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) State Plan. Additionally, you will learn from current AFHS participants how Colorado is already taking the lead. The Coalition's charter will also be announced at this kick-off meeting

Your need to register in advance to attend: Register Here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Registration is now open for our next Virtual Simulation cohort. This challenging, yet rewarding experience is available to any Registered Nurse looking to brush up on clinical decision-making and critical thinking skills!

Benefits of virtual simulation
Experience from the comfort of your home
Cohort Model; participate with other nurses
Interactive, real cases
Weekly debriefing sessions
Receive individual support and feedback

Gain the necessary critical thinking skills and self-confidence you need to return to the clinical setting! Deadline to register is 11/23! Click here for more info and registration.