Nancy Robertson

I am a Faculty member of the Graduate School at the University of Colorado, a Senior Research Assistant for the Palliative Care Research Cooperative and a mentor for community based Palliative Care nurse practitioners. I have lived in Colorado for 22 years. I am flattered and honored to be part of the team that is creating this exciting new Palliative Care program for Coursera. Following 15 years as an RN encompassing career accomplishments at Johns Hopkins Hospital and Mayo Clinic, I completed my MSN graduate studies and practiced in Internal Medicine, focusing on geriatrics and chronic disease. In 2011, I was recruited to help a local agency begin their community based palliative care program. I completed the palliative care certification course at the University of Colorado at the same time and passed my certification exam in 2014. In addition to my teaching responsibilities at the University of Colorado, I am on the team that integrated a national palliative care data capture tool into Epic. I am an active member in the Hospice & Palliative Care Nurses Association currently serving on the Graduate Faculty committee.

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Psychosocial and Spiritual Aspects of Palliative Care (Coursera)

In this course, you’ll learn how serious and life-threatening illnesses often affect emotional and spiritual well-being. Illnesses can increase stress as patients and families learn to live with a “new normal” that may often focus on illness. You’ll learn how to tell when normal sadness (or grief) becomes something [...]

Pain Management: Easing Pain in Palliative Care (Coursera)

In this course, you will be able to develop a systems view for assessing and managing pain in the palliative care setting. By the end of the course, you will be able to: 1) Describe the pain problem in the palliative care setting; 2) Assess a person’s pain, 3) [...]

What is Palliative Care? (Coursera)

Palliative care provides invaluable help for patients living with serious or life-limiting illness and their family caregivers. Palliative care should be part of healthcare services to improve quality of life, the ability to tolerate and benefit from treatment and improve survival. In this course, you will learn about [...]

Easing Physical Symptoms: It's Not Just Hospice Anymore (Coursera)

Palliative care provides important support for people living with serious or life-limiting illnesses and their family caregivers. In this course, you will learn to use symptom assessment tools to better understand which symptoms are present and which are most distressing. In subsequent weeks you will learn about some of [...]

Palliative Care Capstone Projects (Coursera)

In the Capstone Course you have the opportunity to put what you have been learning about in the Palliative Care Specialization into practice. Our team has created five activities that directly relate to what you have been learning in the course. You will need to talk with someone you [...]