Colorado State University

Pueblo, CO
 Successful outreach, a quality program, and student success have strengthened the nursing department and won it a strong reputation for offering a quality learning environment for all students.

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Round 1: 2008-2009
Elizabeth Chase
Roseadell O'Laughlin
Tera Sakkinen
Tara Shaw
Sacha St.Germain
Jayme Tortorelli
Airica Voma
Brian Zimmerman

NCIN funding enabled the university’s nursing department to diversify its student body so it better reflected the community’s culturally diverse population. The nursing department engaged accelerated students in a mandatory “Orientation to Success” program that connected students with faculty advisors and other staff, offering tools and supportive services. Throughout the program, students received support and advice if they encountered problems. A front- page local newspaper article touted the NCIN grant, featuring a photo of the accelerated nursing students and instructor in a simulation lab and offering praise for the accelerated nursing program.