Professional Bio


  • Ph.D., University of Northern Colorado (in progress)
  • M.S.N., University of Minnesota, 1987
  • B.A., in Spanish, Iowa State University, 1981 
  • R.N., Good Samaritan School of Nursing, 1973 

The Theory of Caring Science by Dr. Jean Watson guides my teaching philosophy. For me, this means teaching is about creating a respectful and reflective environment for learning through co-creation between students and me. Authentic presence and listening is important to me as together we learn while in a classroom setting, a combination of classroom and online, or a total online learning environment.


Clinical Certifications <b/>& Expertise

  • Community Health Nursing

Professional Memberships

  • American Nurses Association (ANA)
  • Colorado Nurses Association (CNA)


Research & Scholarship

Research Interests

Policy, Rural Health, Health Promotion, Community Health, Authentic Listening/Presence, Instructional Methods and Evaluation

Recent Presentations

Pennington, K.; Buxton, T.; Carlson, R.; Fricke, C.; McPherson, P.; Spade, C. A Case Study in Converting an Entire Program Into a Blended/Flipped Format for Technology Challenged Nursing Students. Poster presented at the meeting of National League for Nursing, Philadelphia, PA. October, 2013.



Community Involvement & Service

  • Project Homeless Connect
  • 9 Health Fair