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

Coast M, Ernst D, Carlson R.  Preparing the Future Graduate Public Health Nurse for Excellence in Population Care and Advocacy in the Context of Health Care Reform. Colorado Public Health Association Annual Spring Conference, Blackhawk, CO: Poster. March 5-6, 2015.

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