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Fall 2016 Newsletter

Department of Health Sciences Director Update:
Dr. Debra Bailey’s Corner

Welcome graduate students to fall 2016. We have had a steady growth of applications and now have 67 graduate students as of summer 2016. 

The AACN published a white paper by the RAND group in 2015, that CMU DNP program was highlighted for the initial start of the FNP program at the DNP level and the growth of the program. The RAND recommendations for DNP programs can be found at this link.

Be proud your program has been highlighted at the national level and will continue to be at the cutting edge of DNP education. The program achieves this recognition by your hard work, and your input, to continue to make the graduate program the best.

Please take a look at the new course plan for fall 2016 and make an appointment with your program director to make sure you are on track for a timely graduation. Also the Graduate Student Handbook has been updated for fall 2016. There are important dates for capstones and progression that will be important to be aware of as the program grows.

It is important to enroll in classes as early as possible and email the program director of your plan to take courses. Courses can be cancelled due to lack of enrollment. The cancelation can impact your progression, so please plan ahead. ​I look forward to meeting with all of you as you progress in your graduate education. 

-- Dr. Debra Bailey


Students on the Move: Welcome Three New DNP Graduates

Tammy Brunk, Courtney Kasun and Stacie Shreiner were the spring class of DNP graduates from CMU! Their projects included evaluation of contraception clinical practice guidelines for postpartum teens (Dr. Brunk), evaluation of the need for primary care bridge services for the insured (Dr. Kasun) and childhood obesity in relation to readiness to change (Dr. Shreiner). Congratulations to our new DNPs!

The spring 2016 DNP graduates

(Above: Stacie Schreiner, Courtney Kasun, Tammy Brunk)

Student Corner: Tips, Tricks and Need to Know!                

New Fees: Typhon use will be a one-time $80 fee required by students who are entering into the Typhon system in fall of 2016. Contact the administrative assistant in DHS for details.

Important: Students graduating fall 2016 or spring 2017 Petition to graduate forms DUE! If you will be graduating in December or in May of 2017 there are strict deadlines for filing petition to graduate forms. See this link:

Look for Panopto training at the Information Technology department:

Faculty on the Move

Dr. Kristy Reuss was appointed by the governor to the Colorado State Board of Nursing for a term of three years.  Dr. Reuss describes this position as “a great practice opportunity to influence policy affecting nursing practice in Colorado.”  

Dr. Shauna Acker has finished her curriculum for her Family Nurse Practitioner!

Dr. Bridget Marshall presented original research in a poster presentation at NAPNAP “Corporal Punishment: Evaluation of an Intervention by PNPs”. This research was published in January in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care.

Dr. Marshall at her poster presentation

(Above: Dr. Marshall at her poster presentation)


Welcome to Dr. Kathleen Hall who joined our faculty in fall of 2015. 

Kathy Hall

Dr. Hall joined us from Vermont. Kathleen received her BS degree in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland and her BSN degree from the University of Alabama Huntsville. She attended the University of Arizona for both her Master’s and Doctoral education and graduated with her PHD in nursing in 2010. She is licensed as an advanced practice nurse and is certified as a gerontological nurse practitioner by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center. Her clinical background includes medical/surgical nursing, primary care, and public health. Her research interests include integration of cancer survivorship care into primary care, health behavior change, and the therapeutic use of physical activity to maintain functional independence in older adults. She teaches Primary Care of the Adult, Primary Care of the Elderly at the graduate level and Health Assessment at the undergraduate level. In her spare time, Dr. Hall enjoys visiting national parks with her family and attending Pearl Jam concerts.

Above: Dr. Hall works with DNP student Kathy McKinney