Nursing Program Success Stories


David Steiner

After working as a medic in the Army, David ran a real estate appraising business in Phoenix—but eight years later, he realized he missed working with patients. He and his wife decided to relocate their family to Colorado, and David got on the wait list for the Nursing A.A.S. program. “I like helping people. That’s my personality, and nursing is a good fit with that,” says David, adding his appreciation for his instructors’ real-world teaching approach. “All of my clinical instructors worked in hospitals, and they brought in-depth experience and knowledge to the classroom.” Since graduating in 2005, David has worked in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at the Medical Center of the Rockies, where he did a clinical rotation as an FRCC student. He also is an aeromedical evacuation flight nurse with the Wyoming Air National Guard. “I came back to doing what I loved before, and I still love it. At the end of the day I come home and say, ‘I did something good today.’ That’s a good feeling.”



 Tina Armijo

“I always wanted to be a nurse, but circumstances didn’t lead me down that road until I was a little older,” says Tina, a Denver native. After earning her GED and later, her L.P.N., Tina decided to become a Registered Nurse at FRCC when her daughter was one year old. Since graduating in 1996, Tina has worked in all different areas of nursing, specializing in pediatrics. She also earned a B.S.N. (Metropolitan State University of Denver), an M.S.N. (University of Northern Colorado), and is one year away from a Ph.D. (Georgia State University). “FRCC’s nursing program is top notch. I have a lot of faith in my knowledge base, which came from Front Range.” After teaching at universities around the country for six years, Tina returned to Colorado in 2010 to become an assistant professor of nursing at Metro. “I see a lot of students who have the same anxieties I had as a student. I understand—I was a high school dropout and didn’t know if I could get through it. I try to be a teacher who listens, gives my students a voice, and supports and mentors them.”