Theresa Buxton

Degree: Ph.D. and RN

Chair and Associate Professor

Department: Nursing

Theresa Buxton


Health Care Nursing


  • Nursing leadership
  • Health Institute at MSU Denver


Theresa Buxton, Ph.D., is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Nursing at Metropolitan State University of Denver. She currently teaches mental-health nursing, leadership and management in professional nursing practice, and ethics and professional nursing practice.

Before joining MSU Denver, Buxton was an assistant professor of nursing at Loretto Heights Nursing School at Regis University; she still teaches there part-time. 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. Buxton is currently serving a governor’s appointment to the Colorado State Medical Assistance and Services Advisory Council and is the president of the Colorado Nurses Association.

Her current research is titled “The Content Validity Testing of an Evidence-Based Practice Competence Questionnaire: Translation From Spanish to English Version for Future Use With Nursing Students at Regis University.” 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.

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