Faculty and staff | Post-Graduate DNP

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Position: Associate Prof, Grad Nsg
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 723-6763
E-Mail: Lash@css.edu

I am a clinically based nurse: my goals primarily revolve around improving care for patients and populations. Whether my work is through teaching, direct patient care, or clinical systems innovations, my goal is to help improve the lives of patients.

 I have been teaching in the masters program at CSS for almost ten years; primarily in clinical courses, including health assessment, adult management, prenatal, and the preceptorship. I also teach in the doctoral courses: leadership and clinical project courses. I currently practice in the Student Health Services at CSS, where I provide care as a primary care nurse practitioner in this nurse-run clinic. Prior to coming to CSS, I worked at Allina Medical Clinic in Northfield for 13 years where I provided primary care to patients of all ages as an NP. Through my experiences with Allina, I also developed models of care, primarily interprofessional models, for patients with diabetes, dyslipidemia, and patients who were pregnant. I have recently done work with a local primary care clinic related to developing nurse based care coordinators for patients. I have a passion to help bring BSN nurses to primary care in a care coordinator role. My current research area at CSS is the Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program which includes screening and follow up for faculty and staff. This project evolved from my doctoral project entitled Developing a Population Based Student Health Services which morphed into WellU at CSS.

My teaching philosophy is to set high standards, infuse my passion to ignite student passions, and to promote reflective and life long learning!

Position: Professor, NSG
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 723-6624
E-Mail: PBjorklu@css.edu
Dr. Bjorklund is a Professor in the Department of Graduate Nursing, School of Nursing, on the Duluth campus of The College of St. Scholastica (CSS). She teaches full-time in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, teaching core courses, clinical project courses, and role/ population courses in the Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner program. She is engaged in clinical practice at the Student Center for Health and Well-Being (SCHAWB), providing psychiatric evaluations, psychotropic medication management, and brief psychotherapy to student clients.
In 2006, she received a PhD in Nursing with a minor in Bioethics from the University of Minnesota, along with a Distinguished Dissertation Award for the “best dissertation” in Education and the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Her dissertation represented the University of Minnesota in the National Council of Graduate Schools’ dissertation competition for the years 2006-2008. In 2009, she received the Lavine Award for Teaching Excellence from The College of St. Scholastica. Dr. Bjorklund came to CSS from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver, Colorado, where she received both her MS and BS in Nursing. She also has a BA in Theatre Arts with a minor in English from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis.
Her areas of interest include Nursing Ethics, Nursing Philosophy, and Psychiatric-Mental Health Nursing. Her research interests take her to the points of nexus between Psychiatry, Nursing, Sociology, Philosophy, Ethics, Technology, and Women’s Studies. She is especially interested in the nature of moral work, dialectical labor, and responsibility in mental health contexts.  
Recent publications include:
Bjorklund, P. (In press). Assessment and diagnosis, In K. Wheeler (Ed.), Psychotherapy for the advanced practice psychiatric nurse: A how-to-guide for evidence-based practice (3rd Ed.). New York: Springer Publishing.
Bjorklund, P., & Lund, D. (2017). Informed consent and the aftermath of CPR: Ethical considerations. Nursing Ethics, 1-12.
Bjorklund, P. (2016). Commentary on the impact of digital technology on brain development and the capacity for empathy. Advances in Nursing Science, 39(1), 71-84.
Position: Assistant Professor, NSG
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 723-7085
E-Mail: sdickey@css.edu
Experienced Advanced Practice Nurse as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Primary experience in express and urgent care. Doctor of Nursing Practice clinical experience at the University of Minnesota Cardiovascular Clinic.
ANCC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
Licensed by the State of Minnesota as a Certified Nurse Practitioner.
My areas of practice interest are family medicine, and cardiovascular health. My research interests include cardiovascular health, online learning, and simulation.
2012:  Doctor of Nursing Practice. Metropolitan State University, St. Paul MN.
1999: Masters of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner focus. Metropolitan State University, St. Paul MN
1981: Bachelors of Science in Nursing. The College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN.
Position: Asst Prof/Grad FNP Coord, NSG
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 723-6710
E-Mail: pearley@css.edu
Website: View


  • Experienced Advanced Practice Registered Nurse-Nurse Practitioner;  Extensive (>20 yrs) clinical experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  Has broad experience with populations across the lifespan providing preventative care, evaluation and treatment of episodic illness, and chronic disease management.
  • My teaching philosophy focuses on application of didactic knowledge to clinical practice;  didactic coursework is conducted on-line and in classroom setting; much emphasis is on individual and group case reviews, critical thinking, and clinical documentation technique.  Future plans include incorporating more simulation exercises into clinical practicum courses and standardized assessment.


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, College of St. Scholastica 2019
  • Master of Science, Nursing, University of Alaska-Anchorage 1996
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing, University of Alaska-Anchorage 1987


  • Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member, American Nurses Association
  • Member, American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Position: Assoc Professor, NSG
Department: DNP
E-Mail: nfalk@css.edu

Dr. Nancy L. Falk is a nursing leader, educator, and scholar with a collaborative style and interdisciplinary perspective informed by clinical, informatics, policy, and business/leadership understanding. She earned a PhD in Nursing with a focus in aging and policy from George Mason University, an MBA degree with a focus in human resources from the University at Buffalo, and a BSN degree from Alfred University. She has been a substantive contributor in non-profit organizations, government agencies, academic institutions, private entrepreneurial ventures, publicly traded corporations, and her family’s manufacturing and retail business. Her key scholarship focus is on aging worker/workforce issues. 

Dr. Falk was a trailblazer (1980s-1990s) in biomedical informatics, leading clinicians and researchers to transition from print to electronic research tools to enhance clinical and evidence-based practice. As the John Heinz U.S. Senate Fellow in Aging Policy, she was instrumental in initiating and developing the Nurse Faculty Education Act of 2005. She was a founding faculty member of the School of Nursing at George Washington University (2009-2016) in Washington, DC where she served as co-director on a Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) funded Nursing Alliance for Quality Care grant and as co-PI on an Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) grant focused on nurses’ contributions to fostering successful patient engagement. 

Teaching: A passionate educator and lifelong learner, Dr. Falk focuses on empowering current and future nursing leaders - helping them to be effective, influential, and impactful in clinical, educational, policy, research, and other roles. She promotes learning by doing and engages students in real projects so they gain the skills and confidence needed to meet and exceed professional goals. Teaching Highlights: Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Zeta Chapter, Excellence in Nursing Education Award (2015). Daisy Award Nominee (2016-2018). 

Service: Elected member-National Academy of Social Insurance. Fellow in Gerontological Society of America (FGSA). Serves on the Executive Committee of the Social Research, Policy and Practice section of GSA as Mentoring Committee representative. Member of the Beta Kappa Chapter of Sigma (Theta Tau). 


Falk, N. L., & Taylor-Schiller, C. Influencing mental health and well-being of older adults through advocacy - beyond the bedside. Journal of Psychosocial and Mental Health Nursing, July 2019. 

Falk, N.L., Rudner, N., Chapa, D. & Greene, J. Nurse practitioners and intent to retire. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, October 2016. 

Falk, N.L.  Infographic development by Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) students: An innovative technology-based approach to public health education. Nursing Education Perspectives.  September/October 2016, p. 299-301.

Position: Asst. Prof/ANEW Project Mgr
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 625-4408
E-Mail: mgdula@css.edu
Website: View

Education: University of New Mexico - MSN 2000 Suomi College - AD nursing 1995 Bradley University - BA International Studies and Political Science 1988 Biography: Mary moved to Duluth in the fall of 2017 with her husband and teenage daughter after living in Utah, NM, and Arizona since 1995. She has over 20 years of experience providing direct patient care in multiple different rural settings. Currently at St Scholastica she has taken on an administration role in the School of Nursing as a grant manager for the graduate nursing department, which is a new and exciting challenge.

Position: Asst Prof, Grad Nursing
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 733-5920
E-Mail: SJohns14@css.edu
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Assistant Professor, Graduate Nursing

Clinical Practice:  Infectious Disease Associates, St. Luke's Hospital and Clinics, Duluth, MN

                             International Travel Clinic, St. Luke's Hospital, Duluth, MN

Areas of interest include:  Preventive care/Immunizations, Hepatitis C, and HIV, and complex case management that includes outpatient antimicrobial therapy aa well as prior authorization of expensive treatments.  I am also interested and support independent practice for APRN's, healthcare reform, and the promotion of nurses as scholars.  

Position: Assoc Prof/Crd AGPCNP Pgm, NSG
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 625-4483
E-Mail: SMcCumbe@css.edu
  • Experienced Advanced Practice Nurse-Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist.  Extensive clinical experience in public/community health, care of adults and older adults in long term and community settings and care management and care coordination.
  • ANCC Board Certifications: Adult NP, Gerontological NP, Adult-Gero Primary Care NP, Family NP, Clinical Nurse Specialist Community/Public Health, Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult Health
  • My teaching philosophy focuses on creating an open classroom rich with feedback and opportunities for interaction and active learning.  My goal as a teacher is to instill a commitment to life learning and openness to reflective practice.
  • Education
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, University of Minnesota, 2014
  • Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate, The College of St. Scholastica, 2003
  • Post Master's Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate, The College of St. Scholastica, 2001
  • Master of Science, Major-Public Health Nursing, University of Minnesota, 1996
  • Bachelor of Science, Community Health Education, University of Minnesota, 1982
  • Diploma, St. Luke's School of Nursing, 1980
Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 625-4815
E-Mail: kmcrae@css.edu

Dr. McRae graduated from The College of St. Scholastica in 2015 from the MSN program and became an Adult/Gerontological Nurse Practitioner with expertise in  addiction medicine, older adults, and creative care delivery. Dr. McRae graduated from the CSS Post-Graduate DNP program in 2018 and enjoys teaching in the graduate nursing program. Dr. McRae teaches DNP core courses, APRN foundations, and DNP Clinical Project courses. He has also served as a clinical instructor for the post-baccalaureate undergraduate nursing program. Dr. McRae maintains a full-time hospital based clinical practice in addition to teaching at CSS.

Courses Taught

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Theories of Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Quality Improvement
  • Clinical Project 1
  • Clinical Project 2
  • Health Program Evaluation
Position: Asst Prof, Grad Nursing
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 723-7038
E-Mail: bpettinelli@css.edu




MSN- College of St. Scholastica 2010

BSN- College of St. Scholastica 2007

B.A. - Biochemistry/Biology- College of St. Scholastica 2004

EMT Certificate Mesabi Range Community and Technical College - 2012


Biography: Research interests include multimorbidity management, palliative care, population management, care of the older adult with dementia.


Courses: Advanced Pharmacology, Lifespan Health Assessment

Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 723-6296
E-Mail: KRengo@css.edu


The College of St. Scholastica - Doctor of Nursing Practice, 2017

The College of St. Scholastica - Family Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Certificate, 2014

Walden University - Nursing Informatics Certificate, 2011

University of Phoenix - Master's of Science in Nursing & Master's of Business Administration, 2008


Psychiatric-Mental Health and Clinical Project Courses in the Graduate Nursing Department.

Position: Asst. Professor, NSG
Department: DNP
E-Mail: mskoff@css.edu
Position: Asst Prof , Grad NSG
Department: DNP
E-Mail: ksmith25@css.edu