Faculty and Staff | Undergraduate Nursing

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Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6103
E-Mail: CBrown2@css.edu

Cynthia Brown’s clinical focus is in public health, nutrition, evidence based practice, and chemical dependency. Her professional Interests  include Community/Public Health, working with underserved & vulnerable populations, nutrition, evidence-based practice & chemical dependency/addiction, and the harm reduction model. Some of her personal interests include walking, reading, scrapbooking and cooking.

Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6771
E-Mail: TBushey@css.edu


Undergraduate: 2005 BA Nursing, College of St Scholastica

Graduate: 2004 ANP, College of St. Scholastica









2011                            2011 Minnesota Rural Health Conference, Duluth, MN

2009                            2009 Academic Electronic Health Record (AEHR) Summer Institute, Duluth, MN

2008-10                       Nursing Summer Internship Orientation St. Mary’s/Duluth Clinic Health System, Duluth, MN

2006                            CHIP-D Case Study Panel Discussion, panel participant




Bushey, T.B. & Johnson, D. (2009). Integrating the academic electronic health record (AEHR) into nursing curriculum: Preparing student nurses for practice. CIN: Computers, Informatics, Nursing.

 Jatoi, A., Rowland, K., Loprinzi, C., Sloan, J., Dahkil, S., MacDonald, N., Gagnon, B., Novotny, P., Mailliard, J., Bushey, T., Nair, S., & Christensen, B. (2004). An eicosapentaenoic acid supplement versus megestrol acetate versus both for patients with cancer-associated wasting: A North Central Cancer Treatment Group and National Cancer Institute of Canada collaborative effort.  Journal of Clinical Oncology, Vol 22, No 12, 2469-2476.

 Bushey, T (2013, pending). Pharmacology for Nursing Practice.  Chapter 49 Inhibition of folic acid syntheses: Sulfonamides and Trimethoprim. Mcgraw-Hill.


Peer Review/Poster Presntations

Johnson, D., Bushey, T., Donahue, B., Fauchald, S. K., & McMahon, S. (2009). Electronic Health Record Integration into Nursing Curriculum: Preparing Student Nurses for Practice. Poster presented at the 27th Annual International Nursing Computer and Technology Conference

 Fauchald, S. K., Bushey, T., Donahue, B., Johnson, D., & McMahon, S. (2009). The purposeful integration of an academic electronic health record across nursing curricula. Poster presented at the 2009 Nursing Informatics Congress, Helsinki, Finland.


                       Current Research

Rural Health Information Technology Project: Collaboration for Meaningful Use: Quality through EHR Standardization and Technology (QUEST)

 Bushey, T.B. & Sandahl, S.S.  Investigating the role of professional socialization behaviors in predicting academic success in nursing education: A longitudinal study

 Fauchald, S., Bushey, T., Donahue, B., Johnson, D. & McMahon, S.  Assessing student outcomes of academic electronic health record (AEHR) use

Position: Asst Professor, NSG, Chair
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6020
E-Mail: PByrne@css.edu

My area of nursing practice lies in the practice of nursing in rural areas. I have worked in arctic Alaska, critical access hospitals, and home health/hospice in remote areas. As healthcare delivery changes, and the role of nursing shifts away from acute care and into chronic disease management and health promotion, rural nurses will be invaluable links to provide quality care. My research interests lie in nursing informatics and the use of emerging disruptive technologies to help prepare entry level nurses to deliver quality care.

My teaching experiences begin in rural Alaska with some of the first distance delivery methods in place. It was quite interesting to teach American Heart Association CPR to Inupiat Eskimo first responders who truly understood how far away you might be from an acute care hospital setting.  I developed and taught on-line and traditional LPN classes at Itasca Community College as one of my first forays into nursing education. Working with LPN's made me value the relationships between the levels of nursing and illuminated the emerging importance of the baccalaureuate prepared nurse in the workfoce today.  Currently I teach Interprofessional courses for the undergraduate nursing program helping students see the complex relationships between healthcare policy, cost of care delivery, and the impact of the Triple Aim philosophy.  In addition I co-lead an international travel abroad trip to the Philippines where nursing students practice alongside their student counterparts in an undersrved hospital.

As the Chair of the Traditional Track in the Undergraduate Nursing Program I seek to inspire our faculty team to find the best way to educate the nurses of the future, teaching students to blend skills in technology with compassionate, holistic, quality care.  We seek to create nurses who are strong patient advocates, nurses who use the Benedictine values as part of their anchor for moral decision making, and finally nurses who are able to use technology efficiently to seek answers rooted in Evidence Based Practice.  As healthcare becomes increasingly complex, the nurses of the future are called to imagine new delivery care models.  Imagination and problem solving can be stimulated by accessing a liberal arts foundation. 

My outside interests include experimentation in a broad range of textile arts, extensive travel abroad, and the production and cooking of local foods.

Position: Director, NSG Edu Experience
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6596
E-Mail: MClabaug@css.edu

I manage the clinicals for nursing students in the undergraduate and post-baccauluareate programs. I place students in clinical sites and troubleshoot issues; I interface with the clinical facilities; and I hire and provide basic orientation of adjunct faculty. I also oversee the program-wide testing that is done. As a trained philosopher I teach occasionally in the philosophy department.

Position: Assoc Prof/Fac Lead, Vet Grant
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6154
E-Mail: sconnor1@css.edu
Website: View

Susan B. Connor is a Registered Nurse (RN) with a passion for patient care and research.  She retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Air Force in 2004.  Her current position is as an Associate Professor at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth Minnesota.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1974 from the University of Colorado, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of California in 1982, and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Minnesota in 2013.  Dr. Connor’s research interests include vulnerable populations such as mothers and children, disaster response and recovery, and mixed-method designs.  She is an active member of the American Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau.  She authored numerous journal articles and presented several papers at national and international meetings.  Her goals are to continue to develop her skills as a nurse scientist and help grow the next generation of nurse innovators.


Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6008
E-Mail: GDiaz@css.edu
Gina Diaz earned her BSN degree from Philippine Christian University-Mary Johnston College of Nursing in 1982. She came to the United States to work as an RN in 1985. She has 20 years of clinical experience in variety of settings in critical care such as Neuro ICU, Medical-Surgical ICU, Vascular ICU and Open Heart Unit before transitioning into teaching. Gina earned her Master's degree in 2007 (Adult Nurse Practitioner Track) and Post-Master's Certificate in 2011 (Gerontological Nurse Practitioner Track) from The College of St.Scholastica. She taught in the traditional undergraduate (TUG) program from 2003-2007 as an adjunct faculty and became a full time faculty from 2007 to the present. Gina completed her Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in 2015 from The College of St Scholastica.
Gina's focus of practice is gerontological nursing with a goal to motivate nursing students get interested in the care of older adults.  She also developed the Transcultural Nursing-Philippines Experience. This course provides senior nursing students the opportunity to travel to the Philippines for cultural immersion and clinical experience with Filipino nursing students at Mary Johnston College of Nursing in Manila.
Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6534
E-Mail: BDonahue@css.edu


The College of St. Scholastica - Bachelor of Arts in Nursing, 1980

The College of St. Scholastica - Master of Arts, Clinical Nurse Specialist, Adult Nursing, 1993


Upon graduating from St. Scholastica with a baccalaureate degree Ms. Donahue found herself launched into varied clinical practice experiences, including the care of the obstetrical and newborn clients, acutely ill hospitalized adult clients, and clients experiencing a cancer diagnosis.  The pull back to St. Scholastica and to education in particular became very strong in time, and she decided to pursue a graduate degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Nursing.  This preparation provided the incredible opportunity to begin a career that focused on the education of nursing students.  As a faculty-member in the Traditional Undergraduate Program, School of Nursing, she is privileged to work with students in a variety of venues; classroom, skills lab, simulation lab and the clinical environment.  Primary interests are in the best practices of teaching/learning in clinical and simulated clinical environments.

Ms. Donahue's philosophy of teaching is to serve as an “experience facilitator” for the students worked with.  Learning experiences occur in the most unexpected and unpredictable ways if one is receptive and curious.  She hasquickly come to realize that health care changes much too quickly to prepare students for all that they are likely to encounter.  If, however, one can teach students to be an effective lifelong learner, succeess in teaching has been achieved. 

Recent Achievements:

Publications:  'Innovative Strategies for Nursing Education:  Enhancing  Curriculum with the Electronic Health Record', 'The ATHENS Project:  Advancing Technology in Healthcare Education Now at St. Scholastica', and 'Using the Academic Electronic Health Record in the Classroom'.

Awards and Honors:  Sigma Theta Tau National Honor Society for Nursing; Nominee - Tassie McNamara Award; Nominee - The Daisy Foundation Award.


  • NSG 2333 - Health Continuum I:  Individual Adaptive Responses, theory and lab
  • NSG 3222 - Nursing Care Across the Lifespan II:  Families and Communities, theory
  • NSG 4337 - Health Continuum IV:  Responses to Complex Illness, theory and clinical
Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6134
E-Mail: pebel@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-5945
E-Mail: JKnuths@css.edu

Professor Knuths' clinical background includes critical care nursing, healthcare administration and healthcare research.  She teaches the medical- surgical clinical rotation and in the Skills and Simulation Laboratory for the Traditional Undergraduate Nursing program.  Her teaching philosophy includes the understanding that people must be actively engaged in their learning in order to effectively grow in knowledge and skill.  Students also need to be supported with respect and compassion while challenged to reach higher and go farther. Nurses need scientific knowledge, technical skill, and ethical values in addition to the desire to help others in order to be effecive, safe practitioners.  Professor Knuths will receive a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in December of 2016 from St. Catherine University in St. Paul, with a research focus in simulation education.

Position: Admin Spec, Trad UG NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6025
E-Mail: clawler@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6231
E-Mail: SMattson@css.edu

When I started college, I was a business major.  During my sophomore year, I switched to nursing and it was the best decision that I have ever made!  As a graduate of the CSS nursing program, I can appreciate the history and reputation of the College.  Nursing has proven to be a fulfilling career that has taken me in many professional directions.  As a staff nurse on a post-coronary care unit for 10 years, I had the opportunity to care for patients, be a mentor/ preceptor and charge nurse.  I went back to school and received my Master’s degree and worked as an acute care nurse practitioner in cardiology and primary care.  Now, I have the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with students to help educate a workforce of future professional nurses.
My philosophy of teaching is that, as nurses, we get to care for individuals, with our hands and our hearts, at the most vulnerable times in their lives.  It is a responsibility and privilege that should not be taken lightly.  In order for students to feel confident and competent in caring for patients, we need to prepare them for real-life clinical situations.  My primary responsibility is to coordinate and teach in the skills and simulation labs for the School of Nursing.  Students participate in classes that allow them to practice not only the hands-on skills that they will use in the hospital setting but also to practice professional behaviors and therapeutic communication.   We are able to combine technology, through use of high fidelity, interactive manikins, with the fundamentals of holistic, baccalaureate nursing practice as well as the Benedictine values to engage students in realistic, simulated patient-care experiences.  Students progress through increasingly complex skills from sophomore year when they learn basic health assessment until the senior year when they learn to respond to life-threatening situations. Helping students to integrate nursing theory, critical thinking and technical skills has been my most rewarding career yet.

Position: Asst. Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6004
E-Mail: JNielsen@css.edu

Joanne "Josey " teaches med/surg nursing theory and clinical skills and simulation at the traditional undergraduate level. Josey has had many years of clinical practice in various adult intensive care settings. She practiced as a Critical Care Nurse Educator at Rochester Methodist Hospital, Rochester, MN and taught Critical Care Certification (CCRN) courses at Rochester Community College. Josey has also worked with vunerable  populations incarcerated in the St Louis County Jail.  She received a Masters of Science degree from the University of Minnesota with a concentration in nursing education.

Academic interests include increasing student’s awareness of and competence caring for at risk individuals and groups. She is also committed to incorporating best practice stratagies to teach and measure clinical reasoning skills and essential nursing competencies using simulation.

Josey believes that learning is most successful in a respectful, honest and challenging environment.

Position: Recruit/Retention Spec, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-5944
E-Mail: jpearson3@css.edu
Website: View
In my position as the recruitment/retention specialist for the military veteran nursing program, I work to raise external awareness and provide prospective students with the information they need to determine if the program is a good fit. I also work with current students to make sure they are resourced.
I graduated from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities with a degree in Professional Strategic Communication, and in my prior position worked as an Account Manager at a digital design agency. Outside of work my hobbies include softball, attending concerts and going to my cabin. 
Position: Instructor, Trad Nursing
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6005
E-Mail: ARestad@css.edu

I graduated from The College of St. Schlastica in 2010. Following my graduation, I embarked on a year of post-graduate volunteer service with the Vincentian Service Corps. My primary site was a surgical/trauma unit in south central Los Angeles. This year of service transformed who I was as a nurse and as an individual. I returned to Duluth in 2011 and worked in critical care. I began pursing my DNP degree on a Family Nurse Practitioner track at St. Scholastica. I began teaching labs and clinical as an adjunct faculty. I transitioned to full-time faculty in the spring of 2016. It is my hope that my personal and professional experiences will allow me to bring a vibrant backdrop to what students are studying. I believe in supporting student learning by employing a wide variety of strategies and consistently reinventing the way we educate to stay relevant and relatable. 

Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6780
E-Mail: eschmitz1@css.edu

I am a Certified Nurse Practitioner in Pediatrics with over 15 years of experience working with children, primarily in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology. As faculty at CSS I hope to bring my enthusiasm in working with children to the nursing students, teaching them how rewarding, challenging, and exciting the world of pediatrics is! I teach in the traditional undergraduate nursing in a variety of settings including classroom, clinicals, and lab. Outside of work I love spending time with my family, camping, biking, running, and swimming. Graduate: University of Minnesota – Masters of Science in Nursing: Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and Disability Policy and Services Undergraduate: Bethel College – Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Position: NSG Assistant Professor
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6003
E-Mail: ASimek@css.edu
Position: Asst Prof, Vet Grant Program
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6789
E-Mail: gwhite@css.edu
Website: View

I am a Registered Nurse and Veteran with experience in multiple roles including pre-hospital, flight and military medicine, emergency and critical-care nursing, as well as nursing education and leadership. I served in the United States Air Force and Minnesota Air National Guard as both a fixed-wing flight medic and flight and operational medic, and am now a Registered Nurse with the 133rd Airlift Wing as a member of a joint Army and Air Force disaster/mass casualty response unit (CERFP).

My current role at CSS is as the Veteran Clinical Liaison for the Veteran to BS in Nursing program. My job is to serve as the sole clinical instructor for cohorts of Veteran and service-connected nursing students throughout their entire academic progression in the undergraduate nursing program. My goal is to help train Veterans to be excellent nurses who are able to continue to serve their community after their uniformed service to their country is complete. I strongly believe that the formation and use of Veteran cohorts will help provide our students with a sense of community and esprit de corps that many may find lacking as they transition into the civilian world, as well as allow the acknowledgement and inclusion of their very unique experiences and existing skills into their nursing education.

I earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Minnesota State University Moorhead in 2014 (after previously working for several years as an Associate Degree Nurse), and will complete a Master of Science in Family Nurse Practice in 2017 from Simmons College in Boston, MA. I am an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing and the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, from whom I currently hold a certification in Adult Acute and Critical Care Nursing.

My hobbies include reading, running, spending time with my young family, and coaching rugby for both the men's and women's teams at the College of St. Scholastica.