The baccalaureate nursing program at The College of St. Scholastica is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, One Dupont Circle, NW, Suite 530, Washington, D.C. 20036, (202) 887-6791.
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Position: Associate Professor, NSG
Department: Chair, Non-Traditional Nursing
Arlene Johnson PhD, RN, CNP, CNE assumed the position of Chair of Non-Traditional Nursing in fall 2013. She earned a BA in Nursing from the College of St. Scholastica, an MA in Nursing with a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner specialty from the College of St. Catherine, and a PhD in Education, specializing in Teaching and Training Online from Capella University. Her dissertation research, Transition to Online Learning: The Study of a Graduate Nursing Faculty, was published in Nursing Education Perspectives. Dr. Johnson has been the Principal Investigator in multiple research grants, most recently: Johnson, A., Meehan, A., Hodges, L. (2011). Enhancing Patient Safety Skills for Nurses through Virtual Pediatric Patient Interaction. AHRQ Small Research Grant Program PAR-10-168. Funded $99,665.00. 09/30/11-07/31/13.
Why Do I Teach?
As a nursing faculty member for the past 20 years, I have provided instruction to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students. My desire to teach nursing, as well as to practice nursing, stems from my commitment to the nursing profession. I consider it a privilege to be able to share the knowledge and experience that I have gained in my nursing career with students as they prepare to become the next generation of caregivers. As faculty members, we are charged not only with promoting student learning of the scientific facet of nursing, but we must also encourage exploration of how students will exemplify a caring presence to their future patients. I am certified through the National League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator. My goal as a faculty member is to be an excellent role model for students and one who encourages them to perform at their highest potential and represent the nursing profession well. I am very excited to work with students in the RN to BS program at the College of St. Scholastica.
Jennifer Deming is an Assistant Professor in the School of Nursing’s Non-Traditional Nursing program, but also teaches in the Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Program. She is an experienced Family Nurse Practitioner. Her area of clinical expertise in the School of Nursing is medical-surgical nursing. She is actively involved in the Minnesota Nurses Association as well as Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing. In addition, Jennifer is also the coordinator of the Leipzig, Germany Exchange program at the College and has participated in the Tanzania Service-Learning Project.
My areas of interest are family nursing, working with underserved populations, geriatrics and trans-cultural nursing. These passions reveal themselves in the stories I share with students – from the cancer ridden illegal refugee seeking asylum in the US, to the woman with no pre-natal care who arrived in my clinic ready to give birth, to the homeless teen mom with a multiply handicapped baby. Engaging the affective domain through story telling helps breach the gap between academics and humanity - the very real needs of our patients within the larger context of family, community, political/economic realities and the globe.
When not teaching, I unwind by writing, spending time with friends, and being replenished by the presence of wind and sky over our Great Lake.
Sue is currently a nursing faculty member teaching in the RN to BS Nursing Program. She enjoys working with RN students.
Sue has been active in nursing education since 1975. She has a Master’s degree in Maternal-Child Nursing, and taught OB nursing for many years. She has a doctorate in education, focusing on educational policy and administration—and was a college administrator for 22 years, both at the community college and baccalaureate level. She was project director of the CSS MENTUR grant, a federal HRSA funded grant focused on increasing nursing workforce diversity, until the grant period ended in July of 2010. She is currently working on another federal grant related to building the health information technology workforce.
Sue developed a survey based on nursing skills needed in the 21st century, as identified in the literature, and measured RNs’ perceptions of these skills as being used in their practice and being taught to them in their nursing programs as her doctoral project.
Sue’s teaching philosophy has developed from her own educational journey and experiences in teaching and administration over the years. She became interested in teaching nursing while still in nursing school. Her teaching methods encourage RN students to think critically when examining a problem, choosing assignments that will promote the development of leadership skills.