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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.
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 .
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.
Ash, Laurel J
Position: Chair Graduate Nursing/ NP Director, Associate Professor, NSG
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Name: Rhea J Ferry
Position: Assistant Professor, Doctor of Nursing Practice
Department: Graduate Nursing
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Assistant Professor of Graduate Nursing
BSN from University of Mary (Bismarck, ND)
DNP from Winona State University (Rochester, MN)
Critical Care Medicine, Cardiovascular Surgery, Heart Failure Cardiology, and Advanced Care Planning
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
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!
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.
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
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:
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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.
Centracare Health System, Saint Cloud Hospital Saint Cloud, MN Advanced Practice Provider, ARPN, DNP July 2016- present Clinical practice setting in acute rehabilitation in the hospital and clinic setting with primary focus on Brain injury, stroke, general neurological dysfunction College of Saint Scholastica Duluth, MN Adjunct Nursing faculty December 2016- present Provide online and clinical instruction to DNP and BSN students. Provide clinical instruction for BS-RN undergraduate level students within the acute care hospital setting