Diane Ream

RN since 1999; nursing management, NICU, adult ICU, emergency, home health care, and nursing education. Retired from 23 years in USAF in 2005.

Katrina Little

Katrina Little, M.S.N., is a lecturer in the Department of Nursing at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her areas of focus are on education and health promotion amongst child-bearing and breastfeeding women in minority populations.

Little has 14 years of clinical experience as a registered nurse specializing in inpatient obstetrics caring and sharing in the low to high-risk birth experiences across the states of Texas, California and Colorado. She has over eight years of experience teaching as an affiliate faculty and full-time faculty. Little taught at University of Colorado School of Nursing and College America before joining MSU Denver in 2013. She transitioned to a full-time faculty in 2017. Little has held a variety of leadership roles in the community and professionally. Little is a member of the Women’s Health and Neonatal Leadership team and diversity chairman on St. Elizabeth’s Denver Episcopal Day School Parent Association Board.

Little received her master of science in nursing with a specialty in nursing education from Kaplan University in 2013 and a bachelor of science in nursing from Texas Christian University in 2003. She is a registered nurse in Colorado and California.

Patrick Griswold

Patrick Griswold, MSN, M.Ed., RN, is an associate professor in the Department of Human Services and Counseling and a clinical instructor in the Department of Nursing at Metropolitan State University of Denver. His areas of expertise include addiction medicine, mental health, counseling, affective learning and interprofessional education. He currently teaches Introduction Human Services; Pharmacology of Drugs and Alcohol; Addiction, Immunity and Infectious Diseases and oversees internships.

Prior to joining MSU Denver, Griswold worked as a course coordinator and adjunct faculty at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. He was also an instructor at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and New York University. Griswold has worked as a staff nurse in addiction treatment services.

Griswold received his master’s degree in nursing education from the University of Massachusetts Medical School in 2011. He received an additional master’s degree in education from the University of Massachusetts Boston in 1994. He received his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hamilton College in 1986. Griswold is also a Registered Nurse, Licensed Addictions Counselor, Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor I and Licensed Mental Health Counselor.

Theresa Buxton

Theresa Buxton, Ph.D., is a professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She currently teaches multicultural care, leadership and management in professional nursing practice, and ethics and professional nursing practice.

Before joining MSU Denver, Buxton was an associate professor of nursing at Loretto Heights Nursing School at Regis University. She was also an instructor at the Intercollegiate College of Nursing at Washington State University and Spokane Community College. Buxton has clinical experience as a medical caseworker and a registered nurse trainer. She has been presented with the President’s Award and the Leadership Award from the Colorado Nurses Association.

She recently published an article titled “Translation and Validation of English Version of Evidence Based Practice Competence Questionnaire.” Buxton has published works in many areas, including teaching methods in nursing programs, workplace incivility in nursing and caring for the elderly. She has given numerous presentations, including at the Nurse Educator’s Conference in the Rockies and the Colorado Nurses Conference.

Buxton received her doctorate in leadership studies in 2004 and a master’s in nursing in 2001, both from Gonzaga University, and a bachelor’s in nursing in 1978 from Texas Woman’s University. She has her Colorado State Board of Nursing licensure. Buxton has also been certified as a nurse educator by the National League of Nursing and a CPR training provider by the Colorado CPR Association.

Jenny Allert

Jenny Allert, MSN Ed., RNC-OB,DNP, is an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing at Metropolitan State University of Denver. Her areas of expertise are pregnancy and newborns. She teaches Nursing Care for the Childbearing Family and Health Assessment.

Prior to joining MSU Denver, Allert was a staff nurse in the Labor and Delivery Department at multiple SCL Health sites. She was also a nursing obstetric clinical-practice instructor, health-career online instructor and upper-division lecturer at Arizona State University. Allert worked at Banner University Health Center as a staff nurse in a Level 4 high-risk labor-and-delivery unit. She is the lead faculty of Nursing Care for the Childbearing Family; and Health Assessment. She also serves on the Admissions and Scholarship Committee, the College Advising Committee and the University Awards Committee at MSU Denver.

Her research areas include cleft birth defects and developing skills for obstetric and pediatric nursing students. Her work has been published by the International Journal of Childbirth Education and the National League for Nursing.

Allert earned her Doctorate in Nursing Practice from Grand Canyon University. She received her master’s in Nursing from Grand Canyon University in 2015 and a bachelor’s in Nursing from Pacific Lutheran University in 2001.

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