Digestive Health Institute

The Nursing Program in the Digestive Health Institute


About the nursing program

The Nursing Program in the Digestive Health Institute

The Digestive Health Institute’s (DHI) nursing program is comprised of advance practice nurses (APNs), clinical program coordinators, and clinical nurses who utilize expert knowledge and skill to improve the lives of children with gastrointestinal diseases. DHI nurses are essential team members that engage in family centered care by providing, care coordination, counseling and advocacy.

Nurses in the DHI act as organizational leaders by developing and revising policies, procedures and standards to promote the quality of care of children seen at the Children’s Hospital Colorado.  Nurses in the DHI participate in national and international conferences, prepare publications and present the research in which they are actively involved. DHI nurses mentor staff and students throughout the organization, and at local schools of nursing and medicine.

Nurses support subspecialties programs in the DHI such as:

  • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
  • Intestinal Rehabilitation (IR)
  • Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EOE)
  • Aerodigestive
  • Liver Diseases and Transplant

DHI nurses have the expert knowledge and critical thinking skills needed to care for children who are medically complex, so that they may live within their community, attend school and enjoy life despite their condition. Over the years, DHI nurses have cared for children with central venous catheters and enteral feeding tubes. Many are leaders in their field, receiving awards for their contribution to care.

Conditions we treat

Services offered

  • Case management
  • Gastrointestinal education and resources, including information about procedures, diagnoses and treatments (including home injection initiation)
  • Home enteral feeding support