Denver College of Nursing students and faculty
rejoiced in a week of celebration for the nursing
Denver College of
Nursing hosted five days of activities for
students to enjoy in dedication of Nurses Week 2017.
Throughout the year, students are enriched with a
challenging education. During Nurses Week, students
are reminded of the impact they will have on their
community and the valued career they are entering.
Bethany Gresham, DCN student, who participated in nurses week says, “Denver College of Nursing
possesses a culture that makes students feel important and valued as future nurses. Without the support of
our faculty and staff, we as students would not have the success and love for our learning and chosen career
that we do. Part of nurses week is saying thank you to nurses everywhere, but I think it's important for us to
say thank you to the DCN faculty who teach us too.” Nurses Week at DCN celebrates current nurses and
The week began with a presentation from Baby + Co.,
a birth center in Wheat Ridge staffed with midwives. The center was founded in 2013 to offer
women advanced care, while respecting every woman’s choice and birth wishes. The birth center offers
health, nutritional, and emotional support that is evidence based. Students learned the importance of nurses
to empower patients and felt inspired to see the difference they can make by providing holistic care and
On Tuesday, students gathered for a pizza party in the commons area, which is usually crowded with
opened textbooks and study groups meeting. Students casually interact with instructors, and upper classman
students shared words with wisdom with beginning nursing students. “Having these activities and social
gatherings allows the students to have more trust in their school and teachers, and it can take away the
everyday stresses we often face! I also like that the faculty is so involved and invested in our education. It
feels as if my instructors sincerely care about my education as they deeply care for patient’s lives”, says
DCN student Erin Morgan.
On Wednesday, DCN hosted a family feud trivia
game and catered Jason’s Deli lunch. “Instructors at
DCN educate students with the understanding that
we are the nurses of tomorrow and will be taking
care of them one day. There is a mutual respect and
learning on both sides since evidenced based
nursing practice is always changing”, says DCN
student Taylor Caldwell. Instructors take an
invested interest in their student’s education,
personal well-being, and career goals. Trivia games
participation is a fun, team environment for students
and staff to be fun and competitive together.
On Thursday, DCN hosted an Ice Cream social and on Friday, DCN hosted a rooftop BBQ Potluck for all to
attend. Faculty share their stories and career experiences with students. Students interact and gain new
perspectives to all the different nursing pathways.
The gathering of hundreds of nurses throughout a week, from novice student nurses to experience faculty
nurses at DCN, keeps the nursing profession culture alive. Student nurses are motivated to learn more and
positively impact the life of every patient they touch. Faculty nurses are reminded of their love for nursing
and teaching. Nurses have a profound impact on the local community they care for. Nurses Week is a time
to remind every nurse of his/her importance and appreciation.