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Bushey, Teresita "Tessie" MA, RN
Position: Asst. Professor, Nursing
Department/School: School of Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6771
My area of specialty 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 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. Currently I teach Professional Nursing courses for the undergraduate nursing program helping students see the complex relationships between healthcare policy, cost of care delivery, and the unique role of each staff nurse as a leader. All nurses are leaders. My most recent passion has been to develop Interprofessional healthcare teaching teams to allow students to leave their silo style education and develop collaborative care plans.
As a leader within 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 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.
The College of Saint Scholastica - Doctor of Nursing Practice in Advanced Practice Nursing, 2015
The College of Saint Scholastica - Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certificate, 2011
The College of Saint Scholastica - Master of Arts in Nursing (Adult Nurse Practitioner Track), 2007
Philippine Christian University-Mary Johnston College of Nursing- Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1982
Dr. Diaz is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Interim Program Coordinator in the Traditional Undergraduate Nursing, Duluth campus. She teaches full time in the Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Program, teaching core courses, clinical, and skills lab and simulation. Dr. Diaz came to St. Scholastica in 2004 as an adjunct clinical faculty and joined as a full-time faculty in 2007. Her clinical background includes critical care nursing and geriatric nursing. She integrated geriatric content into the Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Program at The College of St. Scholastica for her doctoral project. She is the lead faculty for the international capstone (Philippines Capstone) experience for senior level nursing students.
Dr. Diaz is a recipient of the Max H. Lavine Award for Teaching Excellence 2017 from The College of St. Scholastica. Her teaching philosophy is to create and provide a welcoming and positive learning environment that enhances knowledge, skills, and attitude; allows and encourages students to engage in civil and respectful discourse; and offers a sense of belonging regardless of cultural background and intellectual abilities.
Senior Level Core Courses
Gerontology Nursing Clinical Specialty
International Capstone Experience (Philippines)
Upon graduating from St. Scholastica with a baccalaureate degree I found myself launched into a variety of wonderful practice experiences. My early nursing career was focused primarily in the care of the obstetrical and newborn client, as well as with the acutely ill hospitalized adult client, particularly those with cancer. But the pull back to St. Scholastica and to education in particular became very strong in time, and I decided to pursue a graduate degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Adult Nursing. This preparation afforded me 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, I am privileged to work with students in a variety of venues; classroom, skills lab, simulation lab and the clinical environment.
My philosophy of teaching is to serve as an “experience facilitator” for the students I work with. Learning experiences occur in the most unexpected and unpredictable ways if one is receptive and curious. I have quickly come to realize that health care changes much too fast to prepare students for all that they are likely to encounter. If, however, I can teach students to be an effective lifelong learner, I have succeeded in teaching.
Kristy Gunderson is an Assistant Professor in the traditional undergraduate nursing program, joining the team in 2018. She holds a M.S. in Health Education and Promotion from Walden University and a Bachelors of Science in nursing from the College of St. Scholastica.
Kristy’s nursing interests includes mental health with experience providing care across multiple settings and populations, community health nursing, working as a licensed school nurse with children birth to 12th grade, as well as forensic nursing with experience working as a sexual assault nurse examiner.
Kristy’s desire to pursue teaching at Scholastica was prompted by the positive interactions she working directly with Scholastica nursing students as a community clinical and capstone preceptor in the school setting.
In her free time, Kristy enjoys spending time with husband and three children, watching them participate in their various activities and traveling to new places.
College of St. Scholastica
Sue Mattson has worked in a variety of healthcare institutions as a staff nurse and nurse practitioner in the acute care setting, a nurse practitioner in ambulatory care, and an assistant professor in both the traditional and post-baccalaureate undergraduate nursing programs. She uses this knowledge and experience to prepare future professional nurses to work in dynamic and complex care environments. She integrates the use of technology, hands-on skills, the Benedictine values to engage students and to prepare baccalaureate nurses to provide holistic care. She is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator. Ms. Mattson is a champion for Interprofessional Education and collaborates with disciplines of medicine, pharmacy, occupational therapy, physical therapy and social work from both CSS and UMD.
Sue Mattson received the Excellence Award in Advising and Mentoring in 2018, the Equal Access award in 2016 and the Daisy Award in 2015. She has presented at several national interprofessional and simulation conferences, most recently at the NEXUS Summit in 2018. She has been nominated for multiple Daisy awards and the Tassie McNamara award. She is currently conducting research and publication regarding interprofessional education experiences.
I graduated from CSS in 2013 with my BSN and started working as an RN shortly thereafter. After six years of general and trauma critical care bedside nursing at a Level One Trauma Center, I decided to make a change and teach full time while I pursue my DNP from CSS.
I truly enjoy working with my students and helping them understand what it means to be nurse. I feel my past experiences in critical care medicine help me relate complex concepts in a way that is understandable and applicable to practice. I always do my best to make sure that all my students learn as much as they can so that they can become the best nurse they can be.
I appreciate the emphasis that St. Scholastica places on holistic nursing. It should always be our goal as health care professionals to provide the best possible care to the whole patient, and not just the physical being.
Doctorate of Nursing Practice
The College of St. Scholastica
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
St. Paul, MN
Recipients of Care across the Lifespan II and III - theory and clinicals; Health Continuum II and III - clinicals; Health Continuum V - lab and Alaska Capstone.
Academic and Research Interests:
Pediatrics, Community Health Nursing including School Based Nursing, Food Allergy Awareness, and Evidenced Based Practice.
Education: Winona State University: Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2008 St. Catherine’s University: Master of Science in Nursing: Nurse Educator, 2016 Biography: JoAnn Tingum joined The College of St. Scholastica in 2018 and transitioned to her role as Simulation Director in 2019. Her clinical background includes work with patients in the Acute and Critical Care settings. In addition, JoAnn has experience working in education in the healthcare setting with a focus on promoting professional development among nursing staff and patient care teams through simulation and other teaching modalities. She holds a membership to the Society for Simulation in Healthcare (SSIH), International Nursing Association for Clinical Simulation and Learning (INACSL), and Association of Standardized Patient Educators (APSE). Her passion for education and simulation is driven by the joy of providing experiential learning opportunities which expand the experiences available to learners and ultimately improves patient safety. In her free-time, she enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with family.
Education: Lake Superior College - Associate of Arts, 2009
Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Associate of Science in Nursing, 2011
Community College of the Air Force - Associate of Applied Science in Allied Health, 2012
Minnesota State University Moorhead - Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2014
Simmons College - Master of Science in Family Nurse Practice, 2017
Greg is an advanced practice 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. His current role at CSS is as the Veteran Faculty Lead and Clinical Liaison for the Veteran to BS in Nursing Program. He serves as the advisor and clinical instructor for cohorts of Veteran and service-connected nursing students throughout their entire academic progression in the Undergraduate Nursing Program. His 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 through the acknowledgement and inclusion of their very unique experiences and skills into their nursing education.
He is an inductee and active member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and holds certification in Family Nurse Practice from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), of which he is also a member.
NSG 3334: Health Continuum II (Clinical)
NSG 3222: Nursing Care Across the Lifespan II (Clinical)
NSG 3337: Health Continuum III (Clinical)
NSG 3370: Pathopharmacology for Nursing Practice (Lecture, Faculty Lead)
NSG 4222: Nursing Care Across the Lifespan III (Clinical)
NSG 8150: Pathophysiology for Advanced Clinical Practice