Theresa Nino

Theresa Nino RN, MSN, CCRN

Senior Instructor of Clinical Teaching
  • College of Nursing


Primary Phone:303-724-8820

Mailing Address:
  • CU Anschutz

Education II North

13120 East 19th Avenue

Aurora, CO 80045

Theresa Nino MSN RN CCRN joined the College of Nursing faculty in 2013. Ms. Nino began her nursing journey at the Los Angeles County School of Nursing earning a Diploma of Nursing. Ms. Nino earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s in nursing at California State University at Dominquez Hills College of Nursing.

She brings over 27 years of clinical practice expertise in critical care, trauma and nursing education. She has been nationally certified in adult critical care (CCRN) for over 20 years. Nino currently teaches Pharmacology, Pathophysiology, Medical Surgical Nursing I & II. She is dedicated to the success of students on their nursing journey. Theresa participates on the Undergrad Curriculum Committee, Inclusivity and Diversity committee, Student advising team and strives to share the standards of a healthy work environment.

Prior to joining the College of Nursing Nino served as the Clinical Nurse Educator in the Surgical Trauma Intensive Care Unit at Denver Health E. E. Moore Shock Trauma Center. Her career has been dedicated to the care of the critically ill and trauma patients. He work centers on improving practice though education. With the desire to improve practice through knowledge she started the Annual Improving Outcomes, Saving Lives Critical Care Conference. This conference is in it’s tenth year featuring features world class speakers, offering evidence based practice and updates on critical care and trauma.

Ms. Nino is active in the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) both locally and nationally. She has been a Denver chapter board member for over ten years with two terms as president. As a Chapter board member she has been successful in developing education and community service activities. She leads in the planning and implementation of an all-day conference to both present complex topics and raise funds for an education scholarship fund. Her national participation includes participation on conference planning committee for the National Teaching Institute & Critical Care Exposition; Peer Reviewer for Journal Article Continuing Education articles; Chapter Award Reviewer, NTI Leadership Development Workshop, Essentials of Critical Care Education (ECCO) Module Review Panel, Advanced Critical Care Journal Bariatric Series review panel. Most recently is served a three year term as an AACN Chapter Advisor for states including Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. She has spoken nationally on Healthy Work Environment standards and participated in award winning Chapter educational programming, leadership development and collaboration for critical care nurses.

With the goal of improving collaboration with other professional organization she led the implementation of the Interdisciplinary Collaboration for the Improvement of Patient Outcomes’. This annual conference brings leaders together from over 10 professional nurse organizations and the Colorado Center for Nursing Excellence to plan and host a conference with topics that face nurses and patients across the continuum of care. The conference is now in its and is now in its 6th year of success.

Theresa continues a clinical practice in critical care at University of Colorado Health Burn Trauma Intensive Care unit.

In her spare time Theresa enjoys the outdoors, hiking, climbing and relaxing with family. She is an active volunteer and fosters from 40-50 puppies each year for the Colorado Puppy Rescue. For the last five years she also prepares and serves quarterly breakfast with friends at The Gathering Place Denver's only drop in shelter for women, children and transgender who find themselves in need.

Education, Licensure & Certifications

  • Master Nursing Science, University of California Dominquez Hills 2013
  • Bachelors of Nursing Science, University of California Dominquez Hills 2006
  • Diploma of Nursing, Los Angeles County School of Nursing 1991


  • Award for Innovation in Teaching, University of Colorado College of Nursing 2017
  • Innovation and Leadership, Colorado Nightingale Nurse 2015
  • Volunteer Supervisor of Year, Denver Health Medical Center Volunteer Department 2011
  • Outstanding Achievement in Research Award, Denver Health EE Moore Shock Trauma Center 2007
  • Commitment to Trauma Award, Denver Health Medical Center Trauma Services 2006

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