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Recent press for Nurses Week at CTU

Dr. Ruth Tarantine, CTU's Nursing Dean, talks about the nursing shortage, CTU’s nursing programs, Nurses Week, and the role nurses play in creating a culture of safety. Watch the clip.


Sharon Wright, CTU's Nursing Program Chair, and Ilene Sussman, retired RN and former board member for Nurses House, discuss CTU’s nursing degrees, Nurse Kelley’s monologue, and how Nurses House supports nurses. Watch the clip.

Ruth Tarantine

CTU’s Dean of Nursing: Ruth Tarantine, DNP, RN

At CTU, National Nurses Week is a special time when we recognize and celebrate the role nurses play in our healthcare community. Help us support nurses by sharing the Nurse Kelley video with your community and CTU will donate $1 to Nurses House – a national non-profit organization that provides financial assistance to nurses in need. Happy National Nurses Week! @CTUnursing

Nurse Kelley

Miss Colorado 2015, Kelley Johnson: More Than Just a Nurse

Every nurse has a patient that reminds them why they became a nurse in the first place. Mine was Joe. Joe was in the beginning stages of Alzheimer’s. He had moments with and without his memory. But the hardest part about the aging condition for Joe were his night terrors.

He would wake up in the middle of the night screaming absolute bloody murder. But if I just went in there and held his hand for a few moments, I could usually get him to calm down. But then he wanted to talk. He would ask me if I could change his treatments, and I would say “No, Joe, I can’t. I’m just a nurse” “Well, what about my medications? Can you fix those?” And I’d say “No, Joe, I can’t. I’m just a nurse.” But because I couldn’t do those things for Joe, we connected on other levels. He would ask me about volleyball. We would talk about his grandbabies. And he would tease me about being the only nurse on the unit who could reach the gauze on the top shelf. There were a lot of laughs with Joe. But then one night everything changed. I found him in his room crying. And I went over to him and lifted his head up out of his hands and said “Joe, I know this is really hard. You are not defined by this disease. You are not just Alzheimer’s. You’re still Joe.” And he looked right back at me, almost to look through me, and said “Nurse Kelley, then the same goes for you. Although you say it all the time, you are not just a nurse. You are MY nurse. And you have changed my life because you have cared about me.” And that’s when it hit me. Patients are people with family and friends, and I don’t want to be a nurse that ever pretends, because you are not a room number and a diagnosis when you’re in the hospital. You’re a person, first. And Joe reminded me that day that I’m a lifesaver. I’m never going to be just a nurse.

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CTU will donate up to $50,000 to the Nurses House for unique full views of the Nurse Kelley video. Unique views will be counted during Nurses Week (5/6-5/12) as indicated by unique cookies from YouTube analytics of the Nurse Kelley video. Full views will be calculated by applying the percentage of viewers that stayed for 75%through the video as applied to the total unique cookie count. For each unique cookie with a calculated full view, CTU will donate $1 to Nurses House up to $50,000. CTU will donate a minimum of $10,000 regardless of total unique full views.

Tuition cost assumes a student will be awarded the maximum credit for transfer, licensure, prior experiential learning, and professional certifications, will be continuously enrolled, and satisfactorily completes all program requirements for graduation. The total tuition cost will increase due to academic failure of courses and or withdrawals and drops. CTU cannot guarantee transfer or other credit will be accepted; please see University Transfer Credit policy. Decision requires participating in an admissions interview with an Admissions Advisor and submitting a complete Colorado Technical University application for admission.

Decision requires participating in an admissions interview with an Admissions Advisor and submitting a complete Colorado Technical University application for admission.

The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree program at Colorado Technical University is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/ccne-accreditation)