Celebrating the life and legacy of Loretta Ford

From where it began, the College of Nursing wishes Lee a Happy 100th Birthday!

Happy 100th Birthday to You, Dr. Ford! You are such an inspiration to me and so many other NPs! The Nurse Practitioner Symposiums have by far been the best conferences that I have attended in my 23 years as a FNP.

Carol Mixon

MSN, FNP-BC, Family Nurse Practitioner
You are such an inspiration to those of us who continue to blaze trails for advanced practice nurses with patients, physicians, and other nurses. One of the highlights of my career was meeting you in person in Colorado several years ago at an NP conference. When I get tired of hitting walls, 36 years into doing this, I think of you — and I press on. Happy birthday and may you have continued good health in the years to come.

Mary Sander

Have a wonderful Birthday to a Lady that doesn’t look a day over 70! You have been such a great mentor and inventor of Nursing Activity, I.e., the Nurse Practitioner Programs. Thank you for all you have done for the Profession. Mary Kay McCabe

Mary Kay McCabe

BSN (1968) and MS in Nursing (1991) , Retired from Children’s Colorado
Congratulations on making such a beautiful presence on this Earth encouraging a multitude of Nurses to carry on your passion!

CJ Cullinan

Happy birthday Dr Ford! Thank you for all you’ve done for our great profession!

Jessica Nix

Happy Birthday!!!

Melody Williams

I hope this year brings you happiness, health, and joy. Thank you for everything you have done for nurses everywhere. It is an honor to have a fellowship in your name. Cheers to you! Mia
Mia Roberts

Mia Roberts

MSN, CPNP, Loretta Ford Fellow
Dr. Ford, Sending you warm wishes for a fabulous birthday! Thank you for your amazing leadership over the years! The Nursing Profession is forever grateful! Warmly Mary Beth Flynn Makic
Mary Beth Makic

Mary Beth Flynn Makic

PhD, CCNS, Professor and Program Director Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Program
The nurse practitioner moment has turned into a movement so many years ago...one of the most disruptive movements to the healthcare system in years. We continue to fight for full practice authority and the opening of many more private practices across the country. I am hopeful generations to come will continue to appreciate the pathway that Dr. Lee Ford has paved for us all! Happy Birthday Dr. Ford!

Dawn Fetzko

DNP, Dr.
I graduated August 2020. I had the privilege of participating in a phone interview with Dr. Ford during my program. She is such an inspiration to what I would like to do throughout my career as a nurse practitioner. I love her down-to-earth attitude and her genuine humility in all that she has achieved.
Amanda Heibult

Amanda M. Heibult

MSN, APRN, FNP-C, FNP Doctorate of Nursing Practice Student
You are an inspiration with your tireless efforts to continue to move nurse practitioners forward. We are infinitely indebted to you. Happiest of Birthdays! 🎉 Lisa Diamond
Lisa Diamond

Lisa Diamond

DNP, FNP, CU Nursing Assistant Professor
Happy 100th Birthday, Loretta- you are our NP hero for all time!

Kathleen Zambo

DNP, Family Practice Nurse Practitioner
God Bless you Dr. Ford! You have made the world a better place and your work has paved the way for so many of us. You are a true inspiration.
Emily Cheshire

Emily Cheshire

DNP, FNP-BC, Assistant Professor and Clinical Director
Happy Birthday Lee! We are carrying on your tradition of advanced practice nurses conducting research to address the health of vulnerable women and children. We just finished translating our prenatal screening app into Spanish and testing it with women at the Sheridan Clinic, our FQHC, faculty practice site. You inspire me everyday to continue to strive for improvement in health care to vulnerable populations and to share this passion with our students!
Bonnie Gance-Cleveland

Bonnie Gance-Cleveland

PhD, RNC, PNP, FAAN, Loretta C. Ford Professor
Dr. Ford -- I met you once at our Living Legends event and it was such a treat! You have made an impact on so many people, including me. Thank you for continuing to be you -- charming, witty and above all honest. Happy birthday.
Dana Brandorff

Dana Brandorff

MA, Director of Marketing & Communication
Being a nurse practitioner allows me to bring out the best in others when they sometimes cannot do it themselves. Lee Ford reminds me every day that what may seem impossible can be achievable.
Laura Rosenthal

Laura Rosenthal

DNP, ACNP, FAANP, ACNP Graduate 2006
Happy 100th birthday, Ms. Ford!!! The best is yet to come!!!

Joanie Jackson

Great going Lee. I'm right behind you. Keep on trucking! Stay well and safe till next time.

Rosemary Goodyear

Ed.D., CU Graduate Nursing Program 1971!!!!
Happy Birthday Ms. Loretta! Thank you for pioneering the Nurse Practitioner practice. Your endurance, persistence, and knowledge has been very much respected and appreciated.

Barbara White

MSN, ANP-BC, FNP-C, Nurse Practitioner
From all of us at the College of Nursing at East Carolina, we say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!
Michelle Skipper

Michelle Skipper

Dr., East Carolina University
Happy 100th Birthday Dr. Ford! Thank you for the wonderful contributions you have made to the nursing!

Jenenne Nelson

PhD, Professor Emeritus
Dr. Ford is a hero. Her persistence and passion has blessed me with a career that I love to engage in every day.
Krista Estes

Krista Estes

DNP, FNP-C, CU College of Nursing Associate Professor, FNP Specialty Director
Lee is an inspiration. I've enjoyed meeting you in the past and getting to know you and your work throughout your career. Thank you, Lee.

Katelyn Nolan

Staff, CU College of Nursing Alumni Coordinator
Dr. Ford's vision for nursing in 1965 has shaped the profession as profoundly as Florence Nightingale did in 1860. I am proud to be a part of the legacy she has created here at CU. Happy 100th! Nurses lead the way!
Denise Smith

Denise Smith

PhD, CNM, Assistant Professor, University of Colorado College of Nursing
Thank you for establishing a Nurse Practitioner role to enhance access to quality healthcare using the nursing model. Thank you from the world, the United States and personally from me for the opportunity to practice as a Nurse Practitioner fr the past 37 years. Your impact on healthcare delivery has and will continue to improve healthcare. You are undeniably an inspiration. Right up there with Florence!
Patricia Abbott

Patricia Abbott

PhD, FNP-BC, Assistant professor University of Colorado College of Nursing
There are so many things to say. We owe you so much. Have enjoyed your talks. So sharp. Enjoy your birthday and know we wish you well.

Carol Gammon

Thanks for all you have done to advance the profession of nursing- Wishing you a Happy Birthday!

Daniel Hedinger

Happy Birthday Dr. Ford!!! Thank you for paving the way for us. You have made all the difference!
Teri Hernandez

Teri Hernandez

PhD, RN, Associate Dean for Research and Scholarship
Not an NP, but an innovator in nurse-led care. Thanks, Lee, for your vision and inspiration.
Amy Barton

Amy Barton

PhD, RN, FAAN, ANEF, CU College of Nursing Professor
Thinking of you on your special day. I was honored to be with your from the days of Super Woman to your honorary doctorate at CU. Enjoy you birthday. Fondly, Juanita
Juanita Tate

Juanita Tate

MSN, PhD, Retired!
Happy Birthday! As an NP for 22 years, I am amazed by your trail blazing! Thank you for all you have done for our wonderful profession!

Nancy Auer

Being a Nurse Practitioner means giving back to my community, caring for children and their families, and filling my soul by doing good and being my best self as a professional nurse. Being a Nurse Practitioner has given me the opportunity to challenge myself as a clinician, academic scholar, and leader. Being a Nurse Practitioner has taken me to the front line of healthcare and the leading edge of health care innovation. Loretta Ford has inspired my career by being a courageous leader and pioneer in this role, and by demonstrating joy in work that I aspire to every day.
Stacey Wall

Stacey Wall

DNP, APRN, CPNP-AC/PC, NEA-BC, Director of Advanced Practice | Children's Hospital Colorado
Georgetown Class of 2010 FNP Being a Nurse Practitioner means I get to provide compassionate, high-quality care to patients during some of their most challenging moments, and also celebrate triumphs and successes. Thank you to Lee Ford for developing this amazing profession which has helped so, so many.
Kasey Bowden

Kasey Bowden

MSN, FNP, AGACNP, CU Post-Masters Certificate Class of 2016 AGACNP
Being a Nurse Practitioner (NP) has been an amazing career choice and adventure for me. It has allowed me to meld all of the wonderful aspects of being a nurse with the added scope of advanced practice. Becoming a NP has allowed me incredible opportunities in my career. I am a clinician, educator, quality and process improvement specialist, program director, researcher and so much more! I feel I have made a huge impact on patients, families, students, other APPs and the community within my role as a NP. Loretta Ford has undoubtedly affected my life, career and all of the good things that have come from it. The impact she has made as the founder, leader and trailblazer for the NP role has led thousands of individuals to a career of health “care”. Loretta’s work in nursing has changed and improved the way care is provided. The role she created, has contributed to the quality of care patients receive throughout this country and many others. Without her forward thinking, determination and selfless acts to promote hope and progress, the NP role and healthcare would not be what it is today. For this, I cannot thank her enough.
Glen Peterson

Glen J. Peterson

RN, DNP, ACNP, Assistant Professor University of Colorado, School of Medicine
My first experience with NPs was as an undergraduate student at CU University Hospital, watching one of the initial PNP student cohort assess a newborn in the NICU (I must admit that I was not particularly impressed, as a novice nurse who still thought nursing was doing things with your hands, rather than your senses and brain.) But 8 short years later after earning the MS degree with a NP focus at University of Utah I took a position as the first Geriatric Nurse Practitioner (we became gerontological NPs some years later.) Your vision bridged the life span in under a decade and set the focus of my lifetime professional work!
Ginette Pepper

Ginette A. Pepper

PhD, APRN, FAAN, FGSA, BS-1968; PhD-1985
When I started the program my last name was Salvador. I rec'd my BSN in 1964 from Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. Case Western University in Cleveland Ohio. I was working as a Public Health Nurse for the City and County of Denver when I was recruited for the PNP program at University of Colorado Nursing School in 1967. I was in the 4th group of nurses who participated in this program. Sue Stearly was alone as the first student so she was not part of a group. I finished the academic part of the program in 1967. At that time we had a 2 year practicum before we were designated as finished. I rec'd a certificate in 1969. Lee Ford has been a mentor and caring supporter of myself as well as all nurse practitioners. During our education and work experience, she and Dr. Henry Silver were always available. Their never ending faith and guidance in our ability to learn and provide sound expert guidance to our patients was invaluable to our success as well as the program as a whole. They have paved the way for what nurse practitioners have become today. This program was life changing for me both personally and professionally. It made me be more aware of who I was as a nurse and what skills we could offer to our patients. Personally I gained more self esteem and over these 50+ years I have been able to raise a family and help many parents and children be the best they can be! I have been retired for almost 2 years now and still hear from some of the families I have worked with over the years. I am grateful to be able to call Lee Ford a friend as well as a mentor and great educator.
Madeline Nicols

Madeline (Maddie) Nichols

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