NANCY-HESTER-Obituary

NANCY KAY OLSON HESTER

Denver, Colorado

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HESTER, NANCY KAY OLSON Nancy Kay Olson Hester, PhD, 63, passed away April 8 in Portland, OR. Beloved by her family, friends and colleagues, Nancy enjoyed a successful career as a tenured professor at the University of Colorado College of Nursing. She was a national leader in developing tools...

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I just learned of Nancy's death reading the Colorado Nurse newspaper from September 2010. Nancy was my advisor in graduate school at CU School of Nursing and was on my thesis committee when I graduated in 1986. She was a pioneer in pain research and her Poker chip tool for children is being used still. I still live in the Denver area and was actually just thinking of her several weeks ago. She gave me recommendations as a student that I carry with me still today as a Nurse Practitioner. I so...

Nancy was an outstanding mentor to me and laid the foundation for grants and projects I undertook both in pain management and interdisciplinary teamwork. We changed pain management in a major medical Center in southern California. I thought her work was state of the art and we were behind. Those who know her will appreciate that in 1990, her work was truly cutting edge. So our center leapt ahead as we scrambled to catch up with her. As I work now with intergenerational projects, I am...

Eric, Nellie & Rochelle, My condolences on the loss of your mother. I worked with her on the Child Pain Grant. I remember Nancy's warmth and willingness to share her knowledge with all of us. We have lost a great asset to nursing. Sincerely, Brenda Gordon. (Calgary, Alberta)

I have great memories of the Child Pain grant and our times together! Nancy was a good friend and mentor. Things were rough for her in the last ten years so I am glad that her pain and suffering are finally over.

I am so sorry to hear about Nancy. I worked for Nancy for a few years and thoroughly enjoyed working and knowing.

Mary Diaz