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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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.