Advanced Practice Nursing Opportunities at Children's Hospital Colorado


We have opportunities for advanced practice professionals

At Children's Hospital Colorado, we have opportunities for advanced practice professionals such as neonatal nurse practitioners (NNPs) and pediatric nurse practitioners (PNPs).

Neonatal nurse practitioners at Children's Colorado

Our NNPs ensure that the smallest patients receive the finest care. We do so through our unique working environment that combines strong professional autonomy with exceptional technological capabilities.

NNPs are advanced practice nurses who specialize in the care of newborns. They are trained at the master’s level and are certified by National Certification Corporation. NNPs typically work in the neonatal intensive care or special care nursery. They work collaboratively with physicians to manage the medical care of some of the smallest and sickest newborns.

Serving our local community while receiving national recognition

Our NNP group provides services to several hospitals throughout the Denver-metro area, as well as outlying smaller communities. We are committed to evidence-based practice. As individuals, our clinical interests include chronic lung disease, nutrition, antenatal substance exposure, NNP education, NNP billing, international healthcare and medical missions, pain, hyperbilirubinemia, pulmonary hypertension and neurodevelopment.

Some of our NNPs serve at the national level, such as NANN/AWHONN liaison to America Academy of Pediatrics Committee on Fetus and Newborn, and steering committee for the New NANNP. Others are active at the local level teaching NNP students at Regis University or providing continuing education opportunities to neonatal nurses.

Advanced practice nursing requirements

As we expand our program, we seek new NNPs to join our team. A Master's degree, state-recognized APN, NCC, and prescriptive authority certification are required. A minimum of one year Level III NICU experience is preferred. To learn more about becoming a NNP at Children's Colorado, please contact Elizabeth Welch-Carre, NNP Manager, at nnpcareers@childrenscolorado.org.

Lead neonatal nurse practitioners and hospital affiliations
  1. Jessica Olstad, Children’s Hospital Colorado 
  2. Anna Hying, University of Colorado Hospital 
  3. Peggy Osterman, Parker Adventist Hospital 
  4. Kristen Gerela, Boulder Community Hospital 
  5. Kim Howald, Longmont United Hospital 
  6. Melda Musick, Platte Valley Medical Center 
  7. Kathy Benjamin, North Colorado Medical Center 
  8. Lorraine Kelley, Medical Center of the Rockies 
  9. Sharon Glass, Poudre Valley Hospital