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Summer 2017 Newsletter

Department of Health Sciences Director Update:
Dr. Sandie Nadelson


Spring is a time of change. This has been paticularly true here at CMU Health Sciences Department. Dr. Deb Bailey after years of service as the Department director has stepped down in order to spend more time pursuing what she loves, working with patients as a FNP. I have taken over the Department leadership and am working to further define the future structures and functions within the different areas.

The beautiful spring came; and when Nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also. By Harriet Ann Jacobs

Students: Announcements :

Spring 2017 Capstones

Please join in congratulating the graduate students who had Capstone presentations for our Master's student this spring. We are very proud of the students and their work!  All MSN Capstones were presented in room 221 of the University Center unless otherwise noted. See listing below:

May 3rd

Ryan Grube:

Relationship of Elevated End Tidal Carbon Dioxide Levels and Sepsis

May 10th

Rebecca Benson: 0800 -1000

The Coping with Labor Algorithm Pilot Study in Rural Colorado

Deb Meador: 1000-1200

Risk Stratification of Type 2 Diabetes in Rural Colorado

Michelle Krelovich: 1330-1530

Appraising the Evidence: The value of having a Registered Nurse in a Care Coordinator Role in a Rural Internal Medicine Clinic


Heather Seago: Prelab or Just-In-Time:  Preparing Student Nurses for Clinical Experiences - A Continuation Study

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 Students (and graduates!) on the Move

Fall 2016 the Department of Health Sciences graduated one Doctor of Nursing Practice student and several Masters of Science in Nursing students. Congratulations to the following graduates:

Dr. Kathy McKinney DNP, MSN, APRN FNP-C (pictured below) is completing additional training to be eligible to sit for additional certification in women’s health. Dr. McKinney’s DNP Capstone project title was: Universal Screening for Intimate Partner Violence in a University Student Health Center: Assessing Feasibility


MSN Capstones

Juliet Evans MSN, RN: Prelab or Just-In-Time: Preparing Student Nurses for Clinical Experiences

Frank Bale MSN, RN: Male Nurses in Western Colorado: A Phenomenological Study

Jennifer Martinez MSN, RN: Low Risk Chest Pain

Rose Montoya MSN, RN: Retrospective Study to Describe Readmission Rates in a Homecare Agency

Kristin Jones-Chillemi MSN, RN: Kidney Disease Education Impact on Attendance

Congratulations to all our graduate nurses!


Alumnae Updates

Dr. Stacie Schreiner, DNP, FNP-C, graduating class Spring 2016, has accepted a position as an instructor with the University of Colorado School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics Section of Nutrition. Dr. Schreiner will be serving as the program manager for the Lifestyle Medicine Program at Colorado Children's Hospital in Denver, Colorado. Congratulations!

Dr. Tammy Brunk, DNP graduating class Spring 2016, has taken a faculty position at Sonoma State University as a joint appointment in the Schools of Nursing and Medicine. Dr. Brunk will be in a shared position that includes an Associate Clinical Professor appointment in the School of Medicine with the objective of teaching first year medical students’ obstetrics and gynecology. She was recently interviewed in her local newspaper:

Dr. Brunk says "Thank you for all your program did to assist in my development of my new career!"

Dr. Heather Tobin, DNP, MSN, APRN FNP-C is employed as an advanced practice nurse in a primary care practice in Grand Junction!


GPS-I (Graduate Program Student / Skills – Intensive)

Spring: April 28th 2017: 1 pm to 7:30 PM                     Fall: August 24th/ 25th, 2017 SAVE the DATE !

Allison Carey, CPC                                                                  Featuring Joe Cruz MD, PhD

“Coding & Billing: Avoiding Pitfalls”                                     “How to approach Radiology”

To be held in the new Department of Health Sciences building.

GPS – Intensives:  At the request of students, this year we are inaugurating skills content that incorporates opportunities for students who have begun or are about to begin their clinical courses. Our first GPS-Intensive will be April 28th, 12:45 pm to 7:30 pm Friday and will include a pot-luck for dinner.

Our guest presenter is Allison Carey, CPC, who will present the Coding and Billing session she presents to the St. Mary's family practice residency program. This is an excellent opportunity to learn more about coding and billing from an expert! We also will be presenting a panel discussion "Q & A" on transitioning to practice with Drs. Courtney Kasun, Heather Tobin, and Judith Shue, all alumnae of our program. Please feel free to attend what you can attend. Please RSVP to Dr. Bridget Marshall to participate:

The final schedule is attached separately.  

Surveys Surveys Surveys… Why?

Did you know?

Each semester, students can provide valuable feedback to faculty as part of our ongoing continuing improvement. Taking a few moments to complete a course evaluation helps faculty identify what is working well and key issues that need to be improved.  In addition, each semester you’ll receive an online link to the graduate student nursing survey, which asks for your feedback on the program and support services.  During your last semester in the program, you’ll receive an Exit Survey; one year after graduation you’ll receive an Alumni Survey. All responses to these surveys are anonymous. Your input is important to our ongoing success, and a critically important aspect of our accreditation.  Thanks for helping us serve you better!


Graduate Faculty Meetings are OPEN!

Want to see what graduate faculty discuss at a graduate faculty meeting? Want to provide a suggestion or seek/provide input to the faculty?

Students who wish to attend graduate faculty meetings are welcome! You can attend in person or via Skype for Business. Please RSVP to Dr. Marshall if you wish to attend a meeting. We can arrange for you to Skype (via WebEx link), ZOOM or just come in person. Our meeting schedules for spring 2017 are Mondays from 1130 to 1PM!


Mentor Mentee Program

Are you interested in being a mentor for a new graduate student? Would you like to be put on a list of people to be matched as a mentee?

We are developing a list of mentors/mentees for the graduate nursing program. Should you wish to be a mentor to a new graduate student please send your name with your interest via email to Dr. Kathleen Hall

If you wish to be mentored as a mentee – send your name via email to Dr. Bridget Marshall

We hope to match people up! We will ask a few questions of the type of mentor/mentee/ needs you have in order to find a match for you! Thank you!


Scholarship MONEY

Please note there are scholarship monies available to graduate nursing students from the Colorado Health Foundation. Attached is an information sheet for applications to the DAVIS Graduate Nursing scholarships.

For more information contact the above organizations.


Note from Dr. Debra Bailey

New Master’s in Nursing Cognate!

Dr. Debra Bailey announced approval of a Master’s in Nursing cognate in Administration and Leadership.

This Master’s in Nursing is a joint program affiliated with the Department of Business. It features business department classes in Advanced Business Law and Ethics, Management Economics, and Leading Organizations. Please direct inquiries to Dr. Bailey.


Faculty on the Move


Sandie Nadelson PhD, MS, RN Each day, Sandie feels lucky to be paid to do what she loves, teach. Her career in nursing education goes back to the 1990's and has focused on undergraduate nursing. When she is not teaching, she enjoys conducting research on professional development with a focus on caring education. Outside of work her hobbies include gardening, hiking, cooking, taking care of her many rescued pets and making art.

Her main area of practice is nursing, but she has also been involved in K-12 teacher professional development. Sandie also has developed ePortfolios and MOOCs (Massive Online Open Courses). Regarding her teaching style, she prefers interaction with small group activities. In addition, project based learning is also a part of how she helps people grow into professionals.

Sandie has published over a dozen articles and is the editor of the Rural Nurse Organization's newsletter. This is an international organization which promotes health within rural areas. Also, she has made presentations about various research projects in several countries including the US, Finland, China, and the Czech Republic.


Lucy Graham, PhD, MPH, RN joined the CMU faculty in August 2016.  She received her PhD in Nursing from the University of Colorado and has a special research interest in helping people living with HIV in rural areas stay engaged in care over their lifespan.  Her clinical nursing journey started in the Intensive Care Unit and Emergency Department then evolved to public health nursing practice. Dr. Graham directed a federally-funded program for people living with HIV in western Colorado for 15 years, precepting CMU BSN students for most of those years.  She teaches in both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Dr. Debra Bailey was appointed to the Colorado Commission on Aging CCOA by Governor Hickenlooper for a four-year term. The Commission’s goals focus on aging in place, aging in the work place, housing and mental health of our seniors. You can find more information at

Dr. Sandy Forrest was appointed to the Report Review Committee for CCNE. This is an honor for Dr. Forrest as one is nominated to this position. Responsibilities include: reviewing Continuous Improvement Progress Reports submitted to CCNE by programs seeking ongoing approval.  The committee also reviews NCLEX pass rates for BSN graduates and certification pass rates for nurse practitioner graduates. This is Dr. Forrest’s 20th year as a national accreditor for CCNE.

Dr. Kathleen Hall continues to collaborate with Dr. Paula Marchionda MD in the survivorship and integrative oncology clinic at the St. Mary’s Cancer Center in Grand Junction. Their research was recently presented at the 2016 Palliative Care in Oncology Symposium in San Francisco last September. Currently, Dr. Hall and Dr. Marchionda are working with breast cancer survivors in a weight loss and physical activity intervention using the State of Slim diet intervention. They expect to present their results in early 2017.

Dr. Bridget Marshall began a new faculty practice one day a week doing pediatric weight wellness in Montrose/Delta with the Pediatric Associates a group of pediatricians, physician assistant and pediatric as well as family nurse practitioners.