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Advance Practice Nurse Practitioner Hematology Oncology Pediatric Expert Witness

Provides Opinion & Testimony In:

Nurse Practitioner, Advanced Practice Nurse, Staff Nurse, Emergency, Pediatrics, Oncology, Intensive Care, Cardiac Disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Dysplasia, Complex Renal Conditions, Hemtology Oncology,D octor of Nursing Practice

Education:

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) (Cum Laude) 2008
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, Colorado
Nursing Education (Major)
Applied Statistics and Research Methods (Minor)
Dissertation: Functional Status and Quality-of-Life in Children Undergoing Treatment for Standard-Risk Medulloblastoma: Assessment, Evaluation and Implications for Intervention (Deborah Leners, PhD, Advisor)

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Post-Masters Certificate (PNP) 1987
University of Colorado School of Nursing
Denver, Colorado
Pediatric Primary Care
Masters of Arts (MAEd) (Cum Laude) 1983
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas
Nursing Education (Major)
Thesis: Development, Implementation, and Evaluation of a Home Therapy Program for Children with Hemophilia (Robert Ridgeway, EdD, Advisor)

Bachelor of Science (BS) (Cum Laude) 1972
University of California School of Nursing
San Francisco, California
Nursing (Major)

Licensure and Certification:

Basic Life Support for Health Professionals (BLS) 2007
American Heart Association
Active

Advanced Practice Nurse (APRN) 1998
Nurse Practitioner (NP)
Colorado State Board of Nursing
Active

Prescriptive Authority 1998
Nurse Practitioner
Colorado State Board of Nursing (#RXN-99-243)
Active

Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) 1993
American Heart Association
Inactive

Oncology Nursing Certification Corporation 1993
Certified Pediatric Oncology Nurse (CPON)
Inactive

Pediatric Nursing Certification Board 1987
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner – Primary Care
Rockville, Maryland
Active

Registered Nurse (RN) 1987
Colorado State Board of Nursing (#86711)
Active

Employment History:

Director
Doctor of Nursing Practice and Nurse Practitioner Programs 2013-Present
Loretto Heights School of Nursing
Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions
Regis University
Denver, CO
Responsibilities include administrative responsibility and oversight for doctoral and master’s level programs in advanced practice nursing, supervision of faculty unit consisting of 10 ranked faculty, student advising, and serving as coordinator for DNP Capstone Projects, participation in Nursing Faculty Organization, and Post-Licensure Curriculum Committee. Teaching responsibilities include doctoral research course, assisting with doctoral statistic course, coordination, supervision, and oversight of doctoral capstone course, and undergraduate lecturing in the areas of oncology and cytogenetics.

Director 2009-2013
Department of Accelerated Nursing
Loretto Heights School of Nursing
Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions
Regis University
Denver, Colorado
Responsibilities include administrative responsibility and oversight for the Department of Accelerated (Second-Degree) Pre-Licensure BSN Program, supervision of faculty unit consisting of 14 ranked faculty, oversight and supervision of Clinical Learning Unit (including skills and simulation laboratories), advising of Accelerated nursing students, participation in Nursing Faculty Organization, Faculty Development Committee, and coordination of Partners in Education Team. Teaching responsibilities include doctoral research course and lecturing in pre-licensure and post-licensure pediatric nursing courses and pre-licensure advanced medical-surgical nursing courses.

Professor 2013-Present
Loretto Heights School of Nursing
Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions
Regis University
Denver, Colorado
Responsibilities include teaching pre-licensure and post-licensure courses focusing primarily on pediatric nursing, pediatric primary care, research methods, and advanced practice nursing professional development, participation in Nursing Faculty Organization, Faculty Development Committee, Post-Licensure Curriculum Committee, and representing the School of Nursing on the College Committee on Rank.

Associate Professor 2008-2013
Loretto Heights School of Nursing
Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions
Regis University
Denver, Colorado
Responsibilities included teaching pre-licensure and post-licensure courses focusing primarily on pediatric nursing, pediatric primary care, research methods, and advanced practice nursing professional development, participation in Nursing Faculty Organization, and Chair of Student Affairs Committee.

Assistant Professor 2003-2008
Loretto Heights School of Nursing
Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions
Regis University
Denver, Colorado
Responsibilities included teaching pre-licensure and post-licensure courses focusing primarily on pediatric nursing, pediatric primary care, research methods, and advanced practice nursing professional development, participation in Nursing Faculty Organization, Chair or Student Affairs Committee and member of Quality and Evaluation Committee.

Research Compliance Auditor and Quality Assurance Monitor 2006-2009
Children’s Oncology Group
Arcadia, California
Responsibilities included conducting research compliance audits for participating institutions in the nationally-funded pediatric oncology clinical trials consortium. Audits were conducted every three years or earlier as indicated and included comprehensive case reviews of patients enrolled on oncology clinical trials, review of all human subjects’ institutional review board policies and procedures, and evaluation of institutional investigational drug management in the site pharmacies.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner/Research Nurse 1992-2003
Childhood Hematology-Oncology Associates
Rocky Mountain Children’s Cancer Center
Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center
Denver, Colorado
Responsibilities included direct inpatient and outpatient care of pediatric, adolescent, and young adult patients with oncologic and hematologic diseases. Acute care responsibilities included daily rounding, physical examinations, preparation of orders for complex chemotherapy, dictation of discharge summaries, communication with consultants and referring physicians, management of complications of therapy, performance of bone marrow aspirations, biopsies, diagnostic and therapeutic lumbar punctures, night and weekend call.

Clinical Nurse Specialist/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner 1987-1992
Division of Oncology/Hematology
The Children’s Hospital
Denver, Colorado
Responsibilities included direct inpatient and outpatient care of pediatric, adolescent, and young adult patients with oncologic and hematologic diseases. Acute care responsibilities included daily rounding, physical examinations, preparation of orders for complex chemotherapy, dictation of discharge summaries, communication with consultants and referring physicians, management of complications of therapy, performance of bone marrow aspirations, biopsies, diagnostic and therapeutic lumbar punctures, monthly orientation of pediatric residents on rotation, night and weekend call.

Clinical Nurse Specialist/Pediatric Nurse Practitioner 1980-1987
Section of Hematology-Oncology
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, Missouri
Responsibilities included direct inpatient and outpatient care of pediatric, adolescent, and young adult patients with oncologic and hematologic diseases. Acute care responsibilities included daily rounding, physical examinations, preparation of orders for complex chemotherapy, communication with consultants and referring physicians, management of complications of therapy, performance of bone marrow aspirations, biopsies, diagnostic and therapeutic lumbar punctures, monthly orientation of pediatric residents on rotation, coordination of section advanced practice nurses, and continuing education of staff.

Nursing Education Consultant 1980-1983
Educational Resources, Inc.
Kansas City, Kansas
Responsibilities included conducting comprehensive reviews of pediatric nursing content for nursing school graduates preparing for national nursing licensing examination (NCLEX). Review sessions were conducted throughout the Midwestern states (Missouri, Kansas, Iowa, Nebraska, Arkansas and Oklahoma).

Clinical Instructor, Senior Pediatrics 1974-1980
St. Luke’s Hospital School of Nursing/Webster University
Kansas City, Missouri
Responsibilities included preparation and delivery of advanced pediatric nursing didactic content and clinical supervision of senior nursing students at Children’s Mercy Hospital in the pediatric intensive care, oncology, and emergency departments.

Staff Nurse, Emergency Department 1974-1980
Children’s Mercy Hospital
Kansas City, Missouri
Responsibilities included assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of care delivered to patients in a busy Level I pediatric emergency department and trauma center. This role consisted of 25% of a full-time equivalent during the academic year and full-time status during summer school holidays.

Staff Nurse, Pediatrics and Pediatric Intensive Care 1972-1974
Moffitt Hospital
University of California Medical Center
San Francisco, California
Responsibilities included assessment, planning, intervention, and evaluation of care delivered to complex pediatric patients at a Level I academic medical center. Typical diagnoses cared for included complex congenital cardiac disease, complex pulmonary conditions such as cystic fibrosis and bronchopulmonary dysplasia, complex renal conditions including acute renal failure and renal transplantation, complex neurological conditions, and complex hematologic and oncologic conditions.

Other Academic Appointments:

Assistant Clinical Professor 2002-2009
Department of Pediatrics
University of Colorado School of Medicine
Aurora, Colorado

Clinical Instructor of Nursing 1990-1992
University of Colorado College of Nursing
Aurora, Colorado

Affiliated Faculty, Graduate Division 1984-1987
School of Nursing
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Kansas City, Missouri

Honors and Awards:

Regis University Faculty Research Award 2015
Regis University
Denver, CO

Doris J. Biester Award for Outstanding Leadership 2014
Sigma Theta Tau International Nursing Honor Society
Alpha Kappa Chapter at Large
Denver, CO

Outstanding Dissertation Award 2008
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, Colorado

Dean’s Citation for Excellence (Outstanding Doctoral Student) 2008
University of Northern Colorado
Greeley, Colorado

Lederle Laboratories Excellence in Pediatric Oncology Nursing Award 1992
National Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses

Scholarly Activities: Publications:
Available on full CV

Scholarly Professional Activities:

Editorial/Referee Positions:

  • Journal of the Association of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Nurses: Reviewer (2000-Present).
  • Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing: Reviewer (2004-Present).
  • Journal of Specialists in Pediatric Nursing: Reviewer (2011-Present).

Professional, Scientific, Honorary Associations and Societies:

  • Association of Pediatric Hematology-Oncology Nurses (1983-Present). Role: Member, content reviewer for journal, item developer for national certification examination.
  • Oncology Nursing Society (1980-2008). Role: Member, Chair of Pediatric, Adolescent, and Young Adult Special Interest Group (2000-2003).
  • Sigma Theta Tau International (2003-Present). Role: Member.
  • Colorado Nurses’ Association (2008-Present). Role: Member of CNA and participation in DNA-30 (Special Interest Group for Advanced Practice Nurses).
  • Alpha Sigma Nu Jesuit Honor Society (2011-Present). Role: Member, review of submitted applications for induction into the society.
  • National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (2013-Present). Role: Member, Research Special Interest Group.

Service Activities:
Service to the University:

  • Higher Learning Commission Accreditation Self-Study: (2015-Present). Role: Co-Chair of Criterion 2 Committee (Ethical Conduct of the University).
  • Institutional Review Board (IRB): (2003-Present). Role(s): Member representing Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions (2003-2011), Vice-Chair (2011-1012), Chair (2012-Present).
  • Office of Academic Grants Advisory Committee: (2011-Present). Role: Provide feedback and guidance for activities of the Office of Academic Grants, served on Search Committee for Director of the Office of Academic Grants.
  • Faculty Salary Benchmarking Study Committee: (2012-Present). Role: Represent Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions faculty.
  • Academic Policy and Planning Committee: (2009-2012). Role: Member representing Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions.
  • Web Redesign Task Force: (2011). Role: Provide input on web redesign needs relevant to the Rueckert-Hartman College for Health Professions in general and the Loretto Heights School of Nursing in particular.

Service to the College:

  • Committee on Rank: (2012-2015). Role: Representing Loretto Heights School of Nursing on the Committee.
  • Learning Technologies Advisory Council: (2011-2014). Role: Representing Loretto Heights School of Nursing on the Committee; provide feedback and discussion of issues related to blended/hybrid campus-based courses within the School of Nursing.
  • Council on Research and Scholarship: (2010-Present). Role: Ex officio representative of the Institutional Review Board to the Council.
  • Online Advisory Team (OLAT): (2006-2011). Role: Represent Loretto Heights School of Nursing on the Committee; provide feedback and discussion of issues related to blended/hybrid campus-based courses within the School of Nursing.
  • Evaluation and Outcomes Committee: (2004-2006). Role: Represent Loretto Heights School of Nursing on the Committee. Plan, implement, and analyze evaluation-based activities within the College.

Service to the School of Nursing:

Faculty Search Committee: (2007-2012). Role(s): Member 2007 and 2012, Chair 2009 and 2010.

Faculty Development Committee: (2011-2013). Role(s): Committee member assisting with identification of faculty continuing education needs, orientation of new ranked faculty, and coordinator of Partners in Education Team (PET) providing free continuing education programs to clinical partner organizations in the Denver Metropolitan area.

Pre-Licensure Curriculum Redevelopment Working Group (Accelerated Option): (2010-2012).
Role(s): Convener of original working group charged with development of revised curriculum based on new BSN Essentials of Baccalaureate Education. Prepared summary feedback from previous graduates of the Accelerated Program obtained at program completion through individual interviews and focus groups. Chaired working group until the basic structure of the curriculum was developed and approved. Thereafter, served as a participating member.

Blended Courses Task Force: (2010-2012). Role(s): Together with Assistant Dean Dr. Rita Axford, worked closely with Instructional design team and Information Technology Systems to create a substructure for a blended component of all campus-based courses. Developed a timeline for the implementation of all blended courses offered through the School of Nursing and educated individual faculty on the processes necessary to create their course sections.

Post-Licensure Curriculum Committee: (2013-Present). Role: Committee member assisting with development, review, and evaluation of post-licensure nursing curriculum for master’s and doctoral programs.

Student Affairs Committee: (2006-2009). Role: Chair of School of Nursing committee charged with admissions, progression, retention, and dismissal of students; coordination of small private scholarship offerings; coordination of alumni activities.

Doctor of Nursing Practice Working Group: (2007-2010). Role: Contributory member charged with the development of advanced nursing research course.

Nursing Faculty Organization: (2003-Present). Role: Contributory member.

Service to the Community:

School Health and Safety Task Force, Colorado Department of Health and Environment: (2012-Present). Role(s): Consultant representing the Colorado State Board of Nursing; providing input, information, and guidance and an advanced practice pediatric nurse practitioner on matters related to the school nurse role, student health and safety issues and delegation of medically-related care in the school setting.

Advanced Practice Subcommittee, Colorado State Board of Nursing: (2011-Present). Role: Provide input and information on issues related to advanced nursing practice in the state of Colorado.

Colorado State Board of Nursing: (2010-2015). Role(s): Member of the Board and the APRN Subcommittee, Chair of Discipline Panel B, and Vice-President of the Board. Role involves the review of complaints against registered nurses, advanced practice nurses, and licensed practical nurses in the state of Colorado; review of nursing education programs in the state of Colorado including curricular content, graduation rates, and licensing success rates; rulemaking related to nursing practice in the state of Colorado; serve as an expert witness and represent the Board in disciplinary actions initiated by the Board and the Office of the Attorney General; represent the State Board of Nursing on Nurse-Physician Advisory Task Force for Colorado Healthcare (NPATCH). Appointed by Governors Ritter and Hickenlooper to represent professional nursing education on the Board.
Alliance for Clinical Education (A.C.E.): (2009-2013). Role(s): Member, representing the Loretto Heights School of Nursing on state-wide consortium charged with bringing together clinical agencies and schools of nursing for the purposes of discussing mutual issues and concerns; Co-Chair (2011-2012) with Dr. Candice Schoeneberger.
Free School Physical Examinations for Medically Indigent Children in Denver: (2003-Present). As a licensed and credentialed nurse practitioner in the State of Colorado, personally provide and/or supervise 400-500 free physical examinations annually in cooperation with a variety of schools and clinical agencies in the Denver area (S.U.N. Schools [Archdiocese of Denver], Skinner Middle School, Trevista Elementary and Middle School, KIPP Pre-Collegiate Academy Middle School, Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver).

Peace in the Streets Back-to-School Health Fair: (2008-2010). Role: Provided review of students’ current immunization status; supervised administration of needed immunizations by pre-licensure pediatric nursing students.

9-Health Fair: (2004-Present). Role: Participate in an annual 9-Health Fair held at Regis University annually with activities including debriefing participants and reviewing findings, venipuncture, and assisting students organizing the health fair.

Thesis Committees:

Wagner JJ: Cancer Stage at Diagnosis in an Uninsured and Medicaid Population. Regis University, 2010. Role: Committee Chair.

Banks CM: Educational Methods for Effectively Maintaining Nursing Competency in Low Volume, High Risk Procedures in the Rural Setting: Bridging the Theory to Practice Gap, Regis University, 2008. Role: Committee Chair.

Teaching Responsibilities 2008-2016:

  • NR 706 A-B-C: Capstone Project for the DNP
  • NR 707: Clinical Research for the DNP
  • NR 642: Pediatric Primary Care
  • NR 651: Professional Integration for the Family and Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • NR 442: Nursing Care of the Child and Family

Additional teaching responsibilities since assuming the role of Director in 2009 include lectures in each section offering on the following:
• NR 442 (Pediatric Oncology and End-of-Life Care)
• NR 642 (Pediatric Oncology for the Primary Care Provider and Pain Management)
• NR 663 (Interpretation of Hematologic and Coagulation Laboratory Findings for the FNP)
• NR 476 (Adult Oncology: Assessment, Intervention and Evaluation of Care)
• NR 405 (Pathophysiology: Blood and Cancer)

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