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Jenny Allert, an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing, discusses care of high-risk newborns during a class on Oct. 2, 2018.

Watch: Training a new generation of compassionate nurses

After surviving a serious childhood illness, nursing professor Jenny Allert knows — and teaches — the value of compassionate care.

December 5, 2018

By John Arnold

Jenny Allert knows the power of compassionate nursing from the perspective of the patient and provider.

The assistant professor in Metropolitan State University of Denver's Department of Nursing was born with a lymphatic and vascular malformation that required scores of surgeries. Many children born with the condition don't live to adulthood, and those who survive can face serious medical complications for the rest of their lives.

Allert survived, thrived and pursued a 17-year nursing career.

Her experiences as a patient and nurse now drive Allert’s mission to raise up the next generation of nurses by teaching lessons that go far beyond clinical skills.

"My childhood voice said, 'I want to be a nurse because I want all nurses to know what compassion is,'" Allert says. "I want all nurses to know what it's like to be the patient in the bed getting routine care. That's not just a routine procedure you’re doing. There's a person behind that.”

Compassion in the classroom from MSU Denver on Vimeo.