Burke named CMC Adjunct Faculty Member of the Year
“You can train a monkey to do clinical skills ” but nursing requires a lot of judgment,” said third-year University of Northern Colorado nursing student Kati Schaffner. She said she learned to use good judgment long before she arrived at UNC. She learned her nursing judgment skills in combined high school/Colorado Mountain College classes from Nursing instructor Judy Burke in Glenwood Springs.
And even though Kati is 21 and in college in Greeley, she says Judy Burke hasn’t stopped helping her to be a better nurse and a better person. “She’s not just a teacher for the two years you have her in high school. She’s your teacher and mentor for the rest of your life.”
So many other students, former students and co-workers feel the same way about Judy Burke. Burke was named Colorado Mountain College’s Adjunct (part-time) Faculty Member of the Year in a surprise presentation in her classroom at Roaring Fork Re-1’s Vocational Education Center Friday, Feb. 20.
“Her clinical skills as a nurse are excellent, and she teaches so well we are way ahead of other students,” said Kati Schaffner. “I’m a third semester nursing student at UNC and my basic skills are at a much higher level than the students who haven’t had Judy. Because I’ve already mastered the basic skills, I’m able to concentrate completely on higher-level skills. I’ll be a better nurse because I had Judy Burke.”
“Judy has that gift for inspiring students to want to do the best,” said co-worker and CMC professor Mary Axelson. “She does that by modeling all those qualities. She is a fantastic nurse. You talk to any doctor up and down the valley and Judy Burke is one of the top nurses mentioned.
“She instills in students this love of helping people. She shows how they can make a difference in medicine whether it’s in physical therapy, pharmacy, nursing, or even veterinary medicine.
“I’ve never seen kids study like they study for her class. These kids are into it. She brings a passion to her classroom, and she passes it on. A lot of people in medicine in the Roaring Fork Valley are there because of Judy Burke.”
“Judy is not only a full-time teacher for Re-1, she teaches part-time for CMC, and she has worked at Valley View Hospital as a nurse on nights and weekends for more than 30 years to stay up-to-date in the field,” said Re-1 vocational Program Manager Linda Sturges.
“I don’t know how she does it. She never seems tired. Out of the two years I had her in high school, I only remember her missing one or two days of school. I really admire her drive,” said CMC Nursing Student Stacy Atkins.
“She’s an excellent teacher, an excellent nurse, wonderful friend, mother and role model to many in the community,” added CMC Nursing student Siobhan Conway.
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