Nurses are known as managers of patient care. From the past to the present, these individuals have worked selflessly for the wellbeing and health of those they serve. During this eight-week Mini Nursing School, expert faculty from the College of Nursing at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus will guide participants through the various roles nurses play in the health field.

Our Mini Nursing School is designed for individuals with an interest in the field of healthcare or nursing. With its broad spectrum of topics, Mini Nursing School will help individuals expand their knowledge of the medical field and how today’s nurses are serving our community to build a healthier tomorrow.

Session Details

  • Wednesday, March 7 | The Role of Nursing: Past, Present & Future
    • Rosario Medina, PhD, FNP-BC, ACNP, CNS
    • Delve into the history of healthcare and the roles nurses have played over time.
  • Wednesday, March 14 | The Role of Nursing in Self-Care Education
    • Kim Paxton, DNP, APRN, ANP-BC, LHIT-C
    • Learn how nurses educate patients on simple lifestyle changes that can have life-changing and mind-altering effects.
  • Wednesday, March 28 | The Role of Nursing in Midwifery & Childbirth in America
    • Denise Smith, PhD, CNM
    • Review historical and contemporary midwifery and childbirth practices.
  • Wednesday, April 4 | The Role of Nursing in Public Health
    • Scott Harpin, PhD, MPH, RN, APHN-BC, FSAHM
    • Explore the work and priorities of public health nurses.
  • Wednesday, April 11 | The Role of Nursing in Pediatric Primary Care
    • Kristine Gauthier, PhD, MPH, PNP-BC
    • Examine current issues and trends related to the care of children and families, such as ADD and vaccines.
  • Wednesday, April 18 | The Role of Nursing in the Opioid Epidemic
    • Aimee Techau, PMHNP & Nicole Brodrick, DNP, RN, NP, CNS
    • Address mental illness and addiction and explore the roles nurses play in the opioid epidemic.
  • Wednesday, April 25 | The Role of Nursing Education Today
    • Fara Bowler, MS, APRN, ANP-C, CHSE
    • Tour the Nursing Skills Lab and demonstrate typical nursing procedures on high-tech manikins that simulate real medical emergencies.
  • Wednesday, May 2 | The Role of Nursing with Veterans and Military Health Care
    • Cheryl Krause-Parello, PhD, RN, FAAN
    • Discuss historical and current trends and alternative treatments for veterans.


Wednesdays, March 7 – May 2
6:30 – 8 P.M.