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Position: Assoc Prof and Dean, NSG
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 723-6390
E-Mail: SSandahl@css.edu

 

Sheryl Scheer Sandahl, DNP, RN, FNP-BC, MPH, MSN

Baccalaureate degree in nursing from St. Olaf College. Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner from St. Catherine's University with a Master of Public Health degree (Maternal Child focus) from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Master of Science in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice from Case Western Reserve University Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing.  Post-Masters Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate from The College of St. Scholastica. Joined the CSS community full-time in 2002. Teaching experience in online, classroom, skills lab and simulation, and clinical environments in undergraduate and graduate nursing. Interests include curriculum development and assessment, simulation, and collaborative testing in nursing education. National League for Nursing Simulation Institute Leadership participant for 2018. Serves on the American Association of Colleges of Nursing Organizational Leadership Network Steering Committing. Experienced Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education site evaluator. Grant reviewer for U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration. Member of Sigma (National Honor Society for Nursing), Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing, National League for Nursing, and the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners. 

Position: Asst Prof/Dir Post-Bac, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-7093
E-Mail: calajoki@css.edu

Education:

  • DNP, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, 2020
  • MSN, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN, 2012
  • ADN, Lake Superior College, Duluth, MN, 1998
  • Diploma, Lake Superior College, Duluth, MN, 1997

Biography:

Dr. Carrie Alajoki has focused much of her nursing career focusing on high quality care in the rural setting.  Her DNP degree was earned at The College of St. Scholastica with specializaton as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  Her MSN focused on nursing education and her teaching interests include the adult learning and creative teaching strategies such as the online learning environment.  Dr. Alajoki's nursing experience includes advanced practice care as a provider in family medicine.  In addition, she has experience as a registered nurse in medical/surgical, emergency nursing, occupational health and wellness, and obstetrics - including labor and delivery, newborn care, and postpartum care .

Recent Achievements:

Carrie Alajoki prepared a poster presentation for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning conference in Savanah Georgia that focused on "Adding a Faculty-Led Online Interactive Meeting in an Hybrid Nursing Course.

Position: Chr Grad NSG/Dir NP/Assoc Prof
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 723-6763
E-Mail: Lash@css.edu

Ash, Laurel J

Position: Chair Graduate Nursing/ NP Director, Associate Professor, NSG

Email: lash@css.edu

Education: University Of Minnesota-Bachelor of Science Nursing, College of St. Catherine-MSN, Adult and Gero NPCertificate, Pediatric NP Cerficate- Rush University- Doctor of Nursing Practice

Recent Publication: Cowrote Chapter 6 Interprofessional Collaboration in  (2021) edition of The Doctor of Nursing Practice Essentials

Biography: Dr. Ash is an associate professor and serves as the Chair of the Graduate Nursing Department and Nurse Practitioner Director since January 2020.  Prior to that, she was the East Market Lead for Essentia Health NP/PA Transition to Practice program and a family nurse practitioner in Proctor and other East Market clinics.  Over the years, she has been a member of the Essentia Primary Care Department, the System Peer Review Council and a representative on the Essential APRN/PA council. Dr. Ash has taught multiple courses for DNP APRNs at CSS over her tenure. Her 2005 DNP Project was entitled "Developing a Population Based Student Health Services" and resulted in the formation of the Well U program at CSS. She also developed the Cardiovascular Prevention Clinic for employees at CSS and served as the first primary care NP in the nurse-run Student Health Services at CSS. Other practice sites have included Eldercare and Urgent Care at Essentia Health. Dr. Ash began her NP practice at Allina in Northfield Family Practice. She has contributed to book chapters, done podium and break out presentations on multiple topics.

Courses recently taught: All clinical courses in the FNP track including Pediatrics, Adult, and Older Adult. DNP project courses and supporting DNP course (Evidenced Based Practice, Heatlh Program Evaluation) . Dr. Ash is co-developing Introduction to the DNP course for new cohort Summer 2021.

 

Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6279
E-Mail: SBarlass@css.edu
Position: Asst Prof, Post Bac Nursing
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone:  
E-Mail: lbisila@css.edu

Education:

Palm Beach State College- Associates of Science in Nursing (ASN)- 1994

Liberty University- Bachelors of Science in Nursing (BSN)- 2013

Liberty University- Masters of Science in Nursing (MSN)- 2016

 

Biography: Assistant Professor Bisila has over 20 years of nursing experience dedicating her career primarily to geriatric and Hospice nursing. For the past four years she has taught at two different institutions, preparing healthcare workers for medical practice. She has taught nursing assistants, practical nursing and post baccalaureate nursing.

 

Recent Achievements: Laurie Bisila is a member of Sigma Theta Tau, National Nurses Association, Nurses Christian Fellowship and Hospice and Palliative Nurse Association.  Additionally, she is certified as a Healing Touch Practitioner and as a Public Health Nurse.


Courses:

  • NSG 3600 Introduction to Nursing Practice
  • NSG 3845 Professional Nursing II
  • NSG 4645 Professional Nursing III
  • NSG 4660- Health Transitions III
  • Previously has taught Nursing Assistant Course and License Practical Nursing
Position: Prof/Prog Dir Psy Mental Hlth
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. (In Press). Ethical considerations of care and research in mental health. In A. Peirce and J. Smith (Eds.), Ethical and legal issues for doctoral nursing students (2nd ed.). Lancaster, PA: DEStech Publications, Inc. 

 

Schwartz, F., & Bjorklund, P. (2019). A quality improvement project to manage workplace violence in hospitals: Lessons learned. Journal of Nursing Care Quality, 34(2), 114-120.

 

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: Assoc Prof/UG RN/BS Dir, NSG
Department: RN to BS
Phone: (218) 723-6103
E-Mail: CBrown2@css.edu

Cynthia Brown’s clinical focus is in public health, nutrition, and substance use disorders. Her professional interests  include community/public health, working with underserved & vulnerable populations, service-learning, chemical dependency/addiction, and the harm reduction model. She is also involved in various service-learning initiatives in local and global settings. 

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

Bushey, Teresita "Tessie" MA, RN

Position: Asst. Professor, Nursing

Department/School: School of Nursing

Phone: (218) 723-6771

Email: tbushey@css.edu

Education:

  • Undergraduate: 2005 BA Nursing, College of St Scholastica, Duluth, MN
  • Graduate: 2004 ANP, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN

Presentations:

  • 2011  Minnesota Rural Health Conference, Duluth, MN
  • 2009  Academic Electronic Health Record (AEHR) Summer Institute, Duluth, MN

Publications: 

  • 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.

Courses:

  • NSG 2111, Professional Nursing and Health Care I
  • NSG 3334, Health Continuum II
  • NSG 3112, Professional Nursing and Health Care III
  • NSG 4112, Professional Nursing and Health Care IV
  • Junior level med-surg clinical 
  • Senior level ICU clinical 
Position: Assoc Professor, Nursing
Department: RN to BS
Phone: (218) 723-6020
E-Mail: PByrne@css.edu

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.

Position: Asst. Prof, Trad Nursing
Department: RN to BS
Phone:  
E-Mail: jcadotte@css.edu
Website: View

Education:

University of South Alabama, Master of Science in Nursing, 2011

Auburn University Montgomery, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2006

Park University, Bachelor of Science in Social Psychology, 2004

Professional Licensure:

  • Registered Nurse
  • Licensed Nurse Practitioner
  • Board Certified Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner

Jody Cadotte began teaching full-time in the RN to BS Nursing Program in the fall of 2016, after teaching as an adjunct faculty member for the program.  Jody holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Psychology from Park University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Auburn University.  In 2011, she earned her Master of Science degree in Nursing from the University of South Alabama with a Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner specialty.  Her professional nursing experience includes neonatal intensive care nursing, maternal child health nursing, plastic surgery and women’s health.  Jody is passionate about nursing and nursing education, especially online education.  Having obtained 2 degrees online herself, she has a solid understanding of the unique needs of the distance learner and understands the importance of creating an inclusive learning environment for all students.  Jody has a love of teaching, and a strong commitment to nursing.  She understands the importance of providing all nurses with a strong educational foundation.  Jody is honored for the opportunity to educate and mentor future generations of nurses, and to be part of the amazing community at The College of St. Scholastica. 

Courses:

  • Dimensions of Professional Nursing
  • RN to BS Portfolio Introduction
  • Holistic Assessment in Nursing
  • Leadership in Nursing
  • Population Care

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

I manage the clinicals for nursing students in the undergraduate and post-baccalaureate 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: Asst Prof, Post Bacc NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone:  
E-Mail: hconito@css.edu
Education: The College of St. Scholastica - Bachelors of Science Nursing Walden University - Master of Science in Nursing Education Biography: Experience working in inpatient care area, specializing in Gastroenterology/Hepatology. Recent outpatient and telehealth experience in Community Internal Medicine.
Position: Assoc Prof/Director TUG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6008
E-Mail: GDiaz@css.edu

Education: 

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

Biography:

Dr. Diaz is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing and Program Director of Traditional Undergraduate (TUG) Nursing at the Duluth campus.  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 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 which allows and encourages students to engage in civil and respectful discourse and offers a sense of belonging regardless of cultural background and intellectual abilities. 

 

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.
 
Education:
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: Simulation/Ops Coord, St Cloud
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 625-4804
E-Mail: ddohrmann@css.edu
Position: Asst Prof
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6534
E-Mail: BDonahue@css.edu

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.    
 

Position: Asst Professor
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 723-6710
E-Mail: pearley@css.edu
Website: View

Experience:

  • 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.

Education:

  • 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

Certifications:

  • 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
Phone:  
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). 

Scholarship-Recent:

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 Professor, NSG
Department: DNP
Phone:  
E-Mail: rferry@css.edu
Website: View

Name:  Rhea J Ferry

Position:  Assistant Professor, Doctor of Nursing Practice

Department:  Graduate Nursing

Cell:  218.791.5052

Email:  rferry@css.edu

Dr Ferry is a lifelong learner. She has interest in active and experiential lerning.  As an educator strives to collalborate, inspire, foster, facilitate and witness growth in her students as they engage in their process of acquiring knowledge.

Education:  Nurse Educatior Certification 2019, Leadership in Health Informatics Technology for Health Professionals Certification 2011, Doctor of Nursing Practice 2010, Master of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner Certification 1998, Bachelor of Arts in Nursing 1985.  

Advanced Practice Experience: Graduate faculty in FNP/DNP program since 2011 with focus on nursing theory, health assessement, acute/chronic health problems and capstone project courses.  Co-author for nursing publications. Clinical provider experience in ambulatory care and inpatient settings, including telehealth in Interventional Cardiology, Electrophysiology, Pulmonology, Internal Medicine and Nephrology.  Co-investigator for clinical research projects.

Professional Affiliations:  American College of Cardiology - Cardiac Care Associate, American Nurses Association, Minnesota Nurses Association, North Dakota Nurses Association, North Dakota Nurse Practitioner Association, Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing. 

 

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 Professor, NSG
Department: DNP
Phone:  
E-Mail: LGevik@css.edu
Position: Admin Specialist, Nursing
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 723-6546
E-Mail: kgitro@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 625-4865
E-Mail: mgrimes@css.edu
Position: Assistant Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-7009
E-Mail: kgunderson@css.edu

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.

Position: Administrative Spec, Grad NSG
Department: DNP
Phone:  
E-Mail: thansen3@css.edu
Position: Community Simulation/OPS Coord
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone:  
E-Mail: phaugen@css.edu

 

Position: Asst Professor, Post-Bac NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (320) 625-4802
E-Mail: rherheim@css.edu
Education:
St. Cloud State University- Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2008
Sacred Heart University- Master of Science in Nursing (Education Track), 2014
 
Biography:
Assistant Professor Herheim has focused much of her career in education on various methods to enhance learning in undergraduate nursing students. Her primary educational role has been focused on facilitating student learning in medical-surgical theory, skills, and clinical courses. She is interested in continued research on how to improve lab activities and simulation experiences.

Recent achievements (awards/publications/honors):
In 2015, Assistant Professor Herheim’s research article, “Collaborative Classroom Simulation (CCS): An Innovative Pedagogy Using Simulation in Nursing Education” was published in the National League for Nursing journal, Nursing Education Perspectives.  She also presented the research findings at the Nuts and Bolts for Nurse Educators Conference 2014 in Minneapolis, MN.  Her current research efforts are focused on designing a collaborative research project on how to best utilize the “flipped classroom” approach when educating baccalaureate nursing students. 
 
Courses:
  • NSG 3600 Introduction to Nursing Practice (Lab)
  • NSG 3870 Health Transitions II
  • NSG 3871 Integrative Lab I
  • NSG 4661 Integrative Lab II
  • NSG 4880 Nursing Capstone (Lab)
  • Has taught various medical-surgical, mental health, and leadership type courses, labs, and clinical rotations.
Position: Asst Professor, Nursing
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6209
E-Mail: mhoffmann@css.edu

Michelle is an assistant professor in the traditional undergraduate nursing program. She holds a Master of Science degree in Nursing Education from Bethel University and a Bachelor of Science degree in both Nursing and Family Social Science from the University of Minnesota. She has been a nurse since 2001 and joined St. Scholastica as faculty in 2019.

Her clinical background includes care of adult and pediatric populations in both the acute care hospital and community settings at the Children's Hospital of Minneapolis, Mayo Clinic, and Essentia Health, with a special emphasis on integrative nursing and cardiovascular care. After working in direct patient care, she transitioned into the nursing leadership professional development role to provide educational programs to support the work of nurses in the acute care setting.  Her work in this role has placed her in a unique position to help provide educational insights that help prepare nursing graduates with the skills needed to transition to practice. She has been a conference speaker on the topics of both precepting and integrative holistic nursing and has a passion for promoting holistic care for both the client and the nurse. When not teaching she enjoys time with her family, the great outdoors and a perfectly brewed cup of tea. 

Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: DNP
Phone:  
E-Mail: jhoney@css.edu
Website: View

Dr. Julie Honey is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and Director of the Post-Masters Doctoral Nursing Practice Program at The College of Saint Scholastica. She is certified as both a pediatric and family nurse practitioner, with over 20 years’ experience in clinical practice.  As a strong advocate for educating advanced practice nurse leaders, Dr Honey was instrumental in developing The Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree & Healthcare Executive Leadership Certificate Program at CSS; the interdisciplinary collaboration between The Department of Graduate Nursing and The Stender School of Business & Technology.  Dr. Honey is spearheading an initiative to integrate scholarly projects across graduate programs to directly impact the health care needs of vulnerable and underserved local populations through an academic community partnership grant.  In addition to her research, she enjoys teaching clinical courses in pediatrics, reproductive health, advanced pharmacology, advanced pathophysiology and leadership.

Dr. Honey graduated from Georgetown University with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and earned her Master of Nursing degree from The University of Pennsylvania. She completed her doctorate scholarship at The University of North Dakota, where her research focused on the role of faculty in recognizing emotional distress and signs of suicide in nursing students. She continues to research ways to improve mental health in nursing students through the development of a program aimed at enhancing resilience and building a sense of community in online graduate nursing students.  Prior to joining CSS, Dr. Honey was an Associate Professor of Graduate Nursing in Utah, and was the co-owner and founder of Summit Pediatric Pulmonology, LLC, a nurse practitioner managed pediatric asthma and allergy clinical practice with over 4000 patients. She is steadfast in her belief that the nursing profession must continue to be leaders and innovators in an effort to change the trajectory of health care.

 

 

Position: Assistant Professor
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone:  
E-Mail: jhuber@css.edu
Jessica Huber, MSN, RN Education: Minnesota State University Moorhead – Master of Science Nursing, 2020 The College of St. Scholastica – Bachelor of Science, 2014 Lake Superior College – Associate of Science Nursing, 2011 Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College- Associate of Early Childhood, 2007 Biography: Jessica is a faculty member in the Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Program, School of Nursing. Prior to a career in nursing, Jessica has prior experience working in the education field as a special education para-educator and early childhood family educator. She draws her clinical knowledge and expertise from acute care behavioral health and medical/surgical patient population care. In addition to providing direct patient care, she developed professional nursing leadership skills while serving within an integrated healthcare organization’s clinical education department. Jessica finds deep satisfaction in supporting nursing students as they transition into the profession, with the goal to demonstrate how influential nurses can be within all levels, locations, and aspects of healthcare. Jessica is honored to be part of a profession committed to serving humankind through the advancement of scientific inquiry and compassionate human connection.
Position: Assistant Professor, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6376
E-Mail: KHultman@css.edu
Position: Admin Specialist, Nursing
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 723-6452
E-Mail: CJohns21@css.edu
Position: Asst Prof, Grad Nursing
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 733-5920
E-Mail: SJohns14@css.edu
Website: View

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 Professor
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 625-2784
E-Mail: ckemnitz@css.edu

Dr. Kemnitz has baccalaureate degrees in Biology and Nursing from Carroll College and the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh respectively. He received his PhD in physiology from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI in 1994 with a specialization in neurophysiology and completed a Masters of Nursing Education in 2015 at Western Governors University. Dr. Kemnitz has extensive collegiate teaching experience in biology and nursing and has been the recipient of several awards and honors including the Max Lavine Award for Excellence in Scholarship, the Daisy Award for Teaching Excellence in Nursing, and is a Minnesota Hartford Geriatric Nursing Scholar and FLAG fellow. Nationally, Dr. Kemnitz is a recognized subject matter expert in anatomy & physiology and nursing and is a consultant for the American Council on Education. Dr. Kemnitz has published and presented many articles in basic science and educational practices. He continues to pursue his interests in nursing education, evaluation & assessment, and healthcare quality improvement. Most recently Dr. Kemnitz was selected as a Sigma Theta Tau International Rising Star for his masters thesis work on nursing student clinical evaluation.

Position: Assistant Professor
Department: DNP
Phone:  
E-Mail: kkleven@css.edu
Position: Assoc Prof & Chair, UG NSG
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 723-5945
E-Mail: JKnuths@css.edu

Education: 

St. Catherine University-Doctor of Nursing Practice, 2016

University of MN-Master of Science in Nursing, CNS track

The College of St. Catherine, St. Paul,- Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Biography:

Dr. Knuths is the Chair of the Department of Undergraduate Nursing Programs.  Her clinical background includes critical care nursing, healthcare administration and healthcare research.  Her teaching philosophy includes the conviction that students need to be supported with respect and compassion while challenged to reach higher and go farther.  Dr. Knuths leads two pre-licensure baccalaureate programs (one traditional face to face, and one hybrid online accelerated), and the fully online post-licensure program for RN's to complete their baccalaureate degree.  

 

 

Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: DNP
Phone:  
E-Mail: jkotila@css.edu
Position: Asst Prof, Nursing
Department: RN to BS
Phone: (218) 723-6569
E-Mail: LKrueger@css.edu

Louisa Krueger started teaching full-time in the RN to BS Online Nursing program in the fall of 2015 after several years of serving as an adjunct educator for the College of St. Scholastica.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Concordia College in Moorhead (Nursing) and Minnesota State University, Moorhead (Community Health Education).  In 2008, she earned her Masters of Arts in Nursing from the College of St. Scholastica as an Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist and in 2012 earned a Post-Master’s Certificate as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  In 2019, she earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from the College of St. Scholastica.  Her professional experience includes public health nursing, nursing education and advanced practice nursing in women’s health and hospice.  Louisa is passionate about online education and the role it can play in meeting the continuing education needs of rural nurses throughout our region.  

Position: Asst. Professor, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-7017
E-Mail: blafromboise@css.edu
Position: Assistant Professor, Grad Nsg
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone:  
E-Mail: mlarson15@css.edu

Education: 

The College of St. Scholastica - Bachelors of Arts in Nursing, 2003

The College of St. Scholastica - Doctor of Nursing Practice in Family Nurse Practitioner, 2016

Position: Simulation Operations Coord
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 723-6650
E-Mail: clawler@css.edu
Position: Instructor, Nursing
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6688
E-Mail: jlindberg3@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-5946
E-Mail: LLindgre@css.edu
AREA OF SPECIALTY
 
Ms. Lindgren’s areas of specialty include holistic nursing practices, public health care, and obstetrical care. She is a certified Family Nurse Practitioner, and is also certified in Healing Touch. Lori has over 20 years of experience serving people who are low income and homeless. For the past 5 years she has taught primarily the theory content for maternal child, integral health, evidence based practice, public health clinical and nutrition. She has taught the sophomore, junior, and senior undergraduate nursing students, as well as the postbaccalaureate nursing students.
 
PHILOSOPHY
 
The philosophy of holistic and integral care has been a cornerstone for the care that I provide to patients as a nurse and nurse practitioner and I continue to embrace this philosophy as a teacher. Students are more than just students. They bring a unique set of experiences to the classroom. They are individuals with specific needs and gifts. I incorporate their unique experiences into the classroom by asking questions about life experiences and about how to apply other aspects of their education to the current classroom. My teaching philosophy reflects aspects of the integrative model for the School of Nursing and the Benedictine values here at St. Scholastica. The School of Nursing model incorporates the mind, body, and spirit of the person with a focus on an integrative approach to health promotion, a healing journey with illness, and a global perspective with population based health. The skills that are utilized include competence, caring, critical thinking, collaboration and communication. The Benedictine values include community, hospitality, respect, stewardship (social justice) and love of learning. Having students learn about the art and science of nursing, themselves, asking pertinent questions, and paying attention to prevention are ways to reflect this model and these values as it pertains to my teaching philosophy.
 
Primary Goals in Teaching:
 
To have students learn the art and science of nursing.
We learn from evidence based practice the ways to provide the most effective care, and yet there is the human element of caring that adds a dimension that is not easily researched. I believe the element of caring is critical to the art and science of nursing, and to my teaching. It is the art of nursing. One way I will demonstrate this in my classroom is by role playing a patient and having students ask me questions and provide teaching/counseling. They soon realize that no two circumstances will be the same. The art of care is the dynamic interplay between two people in the classroom or between nurse and patient.
 
To have students learn about themselves and embrace their unique nature and gifts.
The holistic, integral philosophy allows me to consider the diverse backgrounds of students and understand their unique gifts to the classroom and to nursing. Diversity is more than the ethnic or cultural origins of a person. For me, diversity is the complex individual experiences, interests, and beliefs of the students. Incorporating these factors into my classroom adds a unique richness to the content being discussed.
 
To have students learn the art of asking pertinent questions.
Learning the art of asking a question not only incorporates what question to ask and when, but why that question is relevant and most importantly how to ask the question with respectful curiosity. Learning the art of asking pertinent questions will aid the student in self-reflection and self-awareness, which brings us back to the first goal. To know ones limitations and strengths is an important attribute in nursing for many reasons, but primarily to provide safe and appropriate nursing care. Also, learning the art of asking pertinent questions will aid the student in life-long learning. 
 
To have students learn to pay attention to aspects of prevention as it pertains to health care.
Culturally, our health care system is based on a response to people with illness/disease when it occurs. This response-based approach needs to be reformed. One of the ways that is discussed at various conferences and through literature is to focus on prevention interventions. Nursing texts are primarily written in a way that is a response to the illness. What I attempt to do in the classroom is have students pay attention to what interventions could be applied to prevent the disease/illness for patients. The focus on prevention alerts the students to health care disparities and social issues of a more complex nature instead of only learning how to respond to a person with a health issue. Both prevention and response are important to provide optimal health care to people.
Position: Asst Professor, Nursing
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6247
E-Mail: bmason1@css.edu

 

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

Education:

College of St. Scholastica

  • Bachelor in Nursing, 1991
  • Master of Arts, Nursing, 2001

Biography:

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.  

Recent Achievements:

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.  

Courses:

  • Professional Nursing Theory (sophomore, junior and senior level)
  • Health Continuum Theory and skills/ simulation labs (sophomore, junior and senior level)
  • Interprofessional Education (ISPE and FIPCC)
  • Pathopharmacology for Nursing Practice

 

 

 

 

 

Position: Assoc Prof/Dir AGACNP, AGPCNP
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 625-4483
E-Mail: SMcCumbe@css.edu

Education: DNP, University of Minnesota; Post Master's Adult &  Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate, The College of St. Scholastica ; M.S, Public Health Nursing, University of Minnesota; B.S. Community Health Education, University of Minnesota; Diploma, St. Luke's School of Nursing

Biography: Dr. McCumber has been teaching at St. Scholastica since 2003. Her interests include: geriatric and chronic health care; dementia care: primary mental health care; interprofessional teaching; care coordination; active learning strategies including telehealth and simulation; and nurse advocacy and health policy development. Dr. McCumber has had active leadership positions at local, state and national nursing organizations for the past 35 years including the ANA, ANA-PAC, ANCC, GAPNA, MNA, MNORN and MNNP. Dr. McCumber maintains a clinic practice at Essentia Health Neurology with adults with memory disorders.  Other clinical practice has included Long Term Care, Convenient Care, Correctional Health Care/Public Health. Dr. McCumber has made over 100 peer-reviewed and invited presentations locally, state wide and nationally.


Recent Achievements:

Baker, N.; Schipper, L.; McCumber, S.; & Fay, V. (In-press). Utilization of long-term care facilities for primary care nurse practitioner students.  Journal of Nursing Education.

 

Schipper, L.; Fay, V.: McCumber, S. (2019).  Primary care in long-term care sites:  Long-term care sites as appropriate clinical placements for primary care nurse practitioner students.  Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association: Washington, DC

McCumber, S. (2020 & 2018). Suggested preceptor preparation for role & Suggested teaching guidelines for preceptors. In Gerontology resources for APRN preceptors and students (6th ed).  Pitman, New Jersey: Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association.

McCumber, S. (2018). Ecumen scholars: 2018 home care externship manual.  Shoreview, MN: Ecumen.

Donovan, M. L. & McCumber, S. (2015). Interprofessional collaborative practice: Dementia case studies engage nurse practitioner and occupational therapy students.  Journal of Nursing Education.

Train New Trainers (TNT) Primary Care Psychiatry (PCP) Fellowship. (2021).

National Community Service Award. (2020). Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association.

Certificate- Distinguished Educator in Gerontological Nursing. (2019). National Hartford Center for Geriatric Nurse Excellence.                       

American Nurses Advocacy Institute Fellowship. (2015-2016).                        

Edmund Safra Visiting Nurse Faculty Parkinson’s Fellowship. (2013).

Hartford Geriatric Scholar. (2008) University of Minnesota School of Nursing

Education Fellow. (2005). Minnesota Area Geriatric Education Center (MAGEC)

Recent Courses Taught: Advanced Health Assessment, Clinical courses including Health Care Management-Adult and Frail Adult, Geriatric Pharmacology & Health Assessment, Clinical Project Courses.  Dr. McCumber is developing a new course Psychiatric Mental Health for Primary Care.

 

 

Position: Coord, Educational Exp, NSG
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 723-6795
E-Mail: AMcQuear@css.edu
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, creative care delivery, and the management of acute and chronic medical problems in complex adult and psychiatric patient populations. 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. Dr. McRae is dually certified as an Adult and Gerontological Primary Care Nurse Practitioner with AANP and ANCC and as a Certified Gerontological Nurse with ANCC.

Dr. McRae is currently pursuing a Post-Graduate Certificate as an Adult-Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner.

Courses Taught

  • Epidemiology and Biostatistics
  • Theories of Human Development Across the Lifespan
  • Advanced Pharmacology
  • Quality Improvement
  • Clinical Project I
  • Clinical Project II
  • Clinical Project III
  • Health Program Evaluation
  • Health Care Management II
  • Advanced Practicum III: Adult
  • Advanced Practicum V: Older Adult/Family
  • Geriatric Health Assessment and Pharmacology

 

PUBLICATIONS

 McRae, K.R. (Oct/Dec 2019). Assessment Protocol for Older Adults with Substance Use. Journal of Addictions Nursing, 30(4):242-247. doi.org/10.1097/JAN.000000000000031

Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-7003
E-Mail: WThoreso@css.edu
Position: Coordinator, Clinical Edu, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone:  
E-Mail: aneumeyer@css.edu
Position: Instructor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6003
E-Mail: MNiereng@css.edu
Website: View

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. 

Position: Assistant Professor
Department: DNP
Phone:  
E-Mail: mnygren@css.edu

Assistant Professor of Graduate  Nursing

Education:

BSN from University of Mary (Bismarck, ND)

DNP from Winona State University (Rochester, MN)

Clinical Interests:

Critical Care Medicine, Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart Failure Cardiology, and Advanced Care Planning 

Position: Asst Prof, Post-Bacc Nsg
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone:  
E-Mail: kolson28@css.edu
Position: Asst Prof, Grad Nursing
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 723-7038
E-Mail: bpettinelli@css.edu

 

 

Education:

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: Admin Specialist, Nursing
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 723-7057
E-Mail: wrose@css.edu
Position: Assistant Professor, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-7041
E-Mail: jsauld@css.edu
Position: Asst. Professor, NSG
Department: DNP
Phone:  
E-Mail: mskoff@css.edu
Website: View

My name is Dr. Melissa Skoff. You can call me Mel. I graduated from University of Minnesota Duluth with a Bachelor's in Exercise Sciene in 2011. I completed my post-baccalaureate BSN from St. Scholastica in 2012. I then went on to complete my Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from St. Scholastica in 2017. I currently practice as a hospitalist at Mayo Clinic in Cardiovascular Surgery and Transplant. I teach as an Assistant Professor with St. Scholastica. I have been teaching with CSS in some form or fashion since 2013 and have greatly enjoyed being a part of shaping nursing students' careers. I am part of the clinical project core faculty group and as such, teach primarily in the clinical project courses. I look forward to working with you!

Position: Asst Prof , Inter FNP Pro Dir
Department: DNP
Phone:  
E-Mail: ksmith25@css.edu
Position: Assistant Professor
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone:  
E-Mail: lsmith2@css.edu
Website: View

 

Position: Asst Professor, Nursing
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 723-7051
E-Mail: lstarr@css.edu
  • Experienced Advanced Practice Registered Nurse - Women's Health Nurse Practitioner
    • Clinically, has served patients in reproductive care, preventative care, episodic illness, oncology and chronic disease management, from pre-teen to end of life.
    • Academically, has held teaching positions in a Women's Health NP certificate program, ADN program, BSN program and currently in the graduate nursing department at the College of St, Scholastica.
    • Primary investigator, (one of four) in original qualitative research.
    • Participated in two medical mission trips; one to Ngaundere, Cameroon, Africa to work in a hospital and one to Guatemala to serve patients from many villages outside of Guatemala city.
    • Strong interest in holistic nursing and functional medicine.
    • Life long learner and teacher with the desire to share knowledge and experience.  Advocates for healthcare process change to best serve patients and communities.
  • Education
    • Doctor of Nursing Practice, University of Minnesota, 2017
    • Master of Science, Nursing, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2002
    • Bachelor of Science, University of Wisconsin-Superior, 1986
    • Associate of Arts, Nursing, Rochester Community College, Rochester, Minnesota, 1980
  • Certifications
    • Women's Health Nurse practitioner, National Certification Corporation
    • Therapeutic Touch/Healing Touch
  • Professional Affiliations
    • American Nurses Association
    • American Holistic Nurses Association
    • American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology
    • Nurse Practitioners in Women's Health
Position: Assoc Prof/Adult Ger NP Prog C
Department: DNP
Phone:  
E-Mail: atamm@css.edu
Website: View

Education:

BSN from Concordia College Moorhead

MSN from Creighton University (Omaha, NE)

Clinical Interests:

Critical Care Medicine, Pulmonary Medicine, Infectious Disease, and Advanced Care Planning 

Position: Coordinator, SON
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 723-6566
E-Mail: SThores2@css.edu
Position: Asst Prof/Simulation Dir, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-7035
E-Mail: jtingum@css.edu

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. 

Position: Asst Professor, Post Bac Nsg
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone:  
E-Mail: btollefson1@css.edu

Education:

Concordia College, Moorhead, MN - Bachelor of Arts in Nursing
Saint Xavier, Chicago, IL - Masters of Science in Nursing; program focus: Clinical Nurse Leader
Concordia University, Mequon, WI - Doctor of Nursing Practice; program focus: Executive Leadership

Biography:

Assistant Professor Tollefson has enjoyed working in various areas of nursing.  She began her career as a staff nurse in the Emergency Department in both rural and urban settings.  Dr. Tollefson has been a travel nurse in California and rural ND.  She has also worked in psychiatric/mental health, medical/surgical, long-term care, and ambulatory surgical settings.  She has been in nursing education since 2010 and has recognized a love for developing the nursing workforce.  

Areas of Focus:

Psychiatric/Mental Health
Veteran-Centered Care
Community/Public Health
Emergency Nursing

Adjunct Faculty

Adjuncts are listed during semesters in which they teach.

Position: Adjunct Faculty
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone:  
E-Mail: bherdman@css.edu
Position: Adjunct Faculty
Department: RN to BS
Phone: (218) 723-6222
E-Mail: ajohnson14@css.edu
Website: View

Position: Adjunct FacultyDepartment: RN to BS NursingPhone: unlistedE-Mail: ajohnson14@css.edu

Background

Arlene Johnson PhD, RN retired from full time faculty in the School of Nursing in 2017. 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.

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. 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.

Position: Adjunct Faculty
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone:  
E-Mail: akerola1@css.edu
Position: Adjunct Faculty
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 723-6590
E-Mail: skoski2@css.edu
Position: Adjunct Faculty
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone:  
E-Mail: DLund@css.edu
Position: Adjunct Faculty
Department: RN to BS
Phone:  
E-Mail: smccoy@css.edu
Position: Adjunct Faculty
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone:  
E-Mail: rmoe@css.edu
Position: Adjunct Faculty
Department: DNP
Phone:  
E-Mail: noliver@css.edu
Position: Adjunct Faculty
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone:  
E-Mail: vpetermeier@css.edu
Position: Adjunct Faculty
Department: DNP
Phone:  
E-Mail: arickheim@css.edu
Position: Adjunct Faculty
Department: DNP
Phone:  
E-Mail: wsimpson@css.edu