Meredith Jameson had never considered becoming a nurse until it was nurses who helped her son get through a health crisis seven years ago. A newborn, he was put in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) when it was thought he had a bacterial infection in his blood.
Although initially diagnosed with sepsis, it turned out he was suffering from respiratory distress syndrome. “It was the personal experience that caused me to look at nursing,” said Jameson, who, having earned a bachelor’s degree in history, was working as a technical writer/editor at the time. “The nurses there really kind of got me through it. It just slowly started getting the wheels turning and now here we are.”
“Here” is in Littleton, where Jameson is embarking on a mid-life career change while raising her three children, ages 9, 7 and 5. She is going back to school, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in nursing in the prestigious University of Colorado College of Nursing. As a significant bonus, thanks to CU’s recent expansion to south Denver, Jameson won’t have to travel far to class.
A CU education allows students to gain essential knowledge and skills to help them succeed in their careers. Employers will enjoy easier access to university-level resources and a growing pool of highly educated local talent. Initial offerings in south Denver for fall 2014 include (continue to check the CU South Denver website for updated information and new class offerings):
College of Nursing Traditional pathway to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, a 24-month program that allows students to balance educational pursuits with the demands of job and family. ›› Business School Certificate in general business with for-credit courses that can be used toward an MBA or specialty master’s degree. Initial courses include Leading Individuals and Teams, and Analyzing and Interpreting Accounting Information. ›› College of Engineering and Applied Science Certificates in software engineering, computer forensics and computer science teacher education. Initial courses include Computer Forensics I, Software Architecture, and Principles of Programming. ›› School of Education & Human Development Addictions Counseling course introducing students to the theory and practice of addictions counseling. Trauma course/workshop helping students gain awareness of various trauma response symptoms, behaviors and diagnoses. ›› Colorado School of Public Health A certificate of professional achievement in Health Industry Analytics featuring a series of integrative courses to provide the analytics skills necessary for today’s changing health care market. Initial courses include The Affordable Care Act and the U.S. Health Care System, and Principles of Decision Analysis in Health Care.