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Alajoki, Carrie
Alajoki, Carrie
Assistant Professor
Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-7093
Email: calajoki@css.edu
 
Andrews, Vicki
Andrews, Vicki
Nurse Practioner
Health Service
Office: SOM42
Phone: (218) 625-4916
Email: vandrews@css.edu
 
 
Ash, Laurel
Ash, Laurel
Associate Professor
DNP
Office: S3110B
Phone: (218) 723-6763
Email: lash@css.edu
 
 
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Bjorklund, Pamela
Bjorklund, Pamela
NP, SCHWB
Health Service
Office: S3125F
Phone: (218) 723-6624
Email: pbjorklu@css.edu
 
Brown, Cynthia
Brown, Cynthia
Assoc Prof/UG RN/BS Dir, NSG
RN to BS
Phone: (218) 723-6103
Email: cbrown2@css.edu
 
 
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Burich, Kathleen
Assistant Professor
Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Email: kburich@css.edu
 
 
Byrne, Paula
Byrne, Paula
Assoc Professor, Nursing
RN to BS
Phone: (218) 723-6020
Email: pbyrne@css.edu
 
 
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Clabaugh, Michael
Clabaugh, Michael
Director, NSG Edu Experience
SON Admin
Office: S3125K
Phone: (218) 723-6596
Email: mclabaug@css.edu
 
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Conito, Heather
Asst Prof, Post Bacc NSG
Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Email: hconito@css.edu
 
 
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Diaz, Gina
Diaz, Gina
Associate Professor
Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Office: S3222B
Phone: (218) 723-6008
Email: gdiaz@css.edu
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Donahue, Beth
Donahue, Beth
Asst Prof
Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Office: S3220B
Phone: (218) 723-6534
Email: bdonahue@css.edu
 
 
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Earley, Patricia
Earley, Patricia
Asst Professor
DNP
Phone: (218) 723-6710
Email: pearley@css.edu
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Ferry, Rhea
Asst Professor, NSG
DNP
Email: rferry@css.edu
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Gdula, Mary
Asst. Prof/ANEW Project Mgr
DNP
Phone: (218) 625-4408
Email: mgdula@css.edu
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Gevik, Lynn
Asst Professor, NSG
DNP
Email: lgevik@css.edu
 
 
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Herdman, Byron
Assistant Professor/Dir. Post Bacc NSG
Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Email: bherdman@css.edu
 
Herheim, Rena
Herheim, Rena
Asst Professor, Post-Bac NSG
Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Office: St. Cloud Campus
Phone: (320) 625-4802
Email: rherheim@css.edu
 
 
Hoffmann, Michelle
Hoffmann, Michelle
Asst Professor, Nursing
Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Office: S3218B
Phone: (218) 723-6209
Email: mhoffmann@css.edu
 
 
Huber, Jessica
Huber, Jessica
Assistant Professor
Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Office: S3218D
Phone: (218) 723-6203
Email: jhuber@css.edu
 
 
Hultman, Karianne
Hultman, Karianne
Assistant Professor, NSG
Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6376
Email: khultman@css.edu
 
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Johnson, Sherry
Johnson, Sherry
Asst Prof, Grad Nursing
DNP
Phone: (218) 733-5920
Email: sjohns14@css.edu
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Kemnitz, Christopher
Kemnitz, Christopher
Assoc Professor/Interim Chair, GNSG
DNP
Phone: (218) 625-2784
Email: ckemnitz@css.edu
 
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Kleven, Kenzie
Asst Prof/Prog Director, PMHNP
DNP
Email: kkleven@css.edu
 
 
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Kotila, Joan
Asst Professor, NSG
DNP
Email: jkotila@css.edu
 
 
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Lindgren, Lori
Lindgren, Lori
Asst Professor, NSG
Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-5946
Email: llindgre@css.edu
 
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Mattson, SueAnne
Mattson, SueAnne
Associate Professor, NSG
Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Office: S3220C
Phone: (218) 723-6231
Email: smattson@css.edu
 
McCumber, Sara
McCumber, Sara
Assoc Prof/Dir AGPCNP
DNP
Phone: (218) 625-4483
Email: smccumbe@css.edu
 
 
Meyer, Katherine
Meyer, Katherine
Assistant Professor
Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Email: kmeyer8@css.edu
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Mrdutt, Wendy
Mrdutt, Wendy
Asst Professor, NSG
Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-7003
Email: wthoreso@css.edu
 
 
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Nierengarten, Matthew
Nierengarten, Matthew
Instructor, NSG
Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Office: S3208D
Phone: (218) 723-6003
Email: mniereng@css.edu
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Nygren, Matthew
Nygren, Matthew
Assistant Professor/AGACNP Program Director
DNP
Email: mnygren@css.edu
 
 
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Olson, Kari
Asst Prof, Post-Bacc Nsg
Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Email: kolson28@css.edu
 
Olson, Pam
Olson, Pam
Online Student Advisor, RN/BS
Academic Advisement
Phone: (218) 723-5975
Email: polson@css.edu
 
 
Olson, Pam
Olson, Pam
Online Student Advisor, RN/BS
Academic Advisement
Phone: (218) 723-5975
Email: polson@css.edu
 
 
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Patterson Friedmeyer, Mary
Assistant Professor
Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Office: S3220A
Phone: (218) 723-6255
Email: mfriedmeyer@css.edu
 
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Petermeier, Valery
Visiting Instructor
Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Email: vpetermeier@css.edu
 
 
Pettinelli, Brooke
Pettinelli, Brooke
Asst Prof, Grad Nursing
DNP
Phone: (218) 723-7038
Email: bpettinelli@css.edu
 
 
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Restad, Amos
Assistant Professor
Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Office: S3208B
Phone: (218) 723-6005
Email: arestad@css.edu
 
Richie, Kaytlin
Richie, Kaytlin
Assistant Professor, NSG
Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Office: S3220D
Phone: (218) 625-4929
Email: krichie@css.edu
 
 
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Sandahl, Sheryl
Sandahl, Sheryl
Assoc Prof and Dean, NSG
SON Admin
Office: S3110D
Phone: (218) 723-6390
Email: ssandahl@css.edu
 
Schmitz, Elisa
Schmitz, Elisa
Assoc Professor, NSG
Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Office: S3218C
Phone: (218) 723-6780
Email: eschmitz1@css.edu
 
 
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Senenfelder, Tristan
Instructor
Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Email: tsenenfelder@css.edu
 
 
Smith, Kathryn
Smith, Kathryn
Assistant Professor
DNP
Email: ksmith25@css.edu
 
 
Smith, Laura
Smith, Laura
Assistant Professor
Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Office: S3222D
Phone: (218) 723-6214
Email: lsmith2@css.edu
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Starr, Lisa
Starr, Lisa
Asst Professor, Nursing
DNP
Phone: (218) 723-7051
Email: lstarr@css.edu
 
 
 
Stewart, Elizabeth
Stewart, Elizabeth
Assistant Professor
Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Email: estewart4@css.edu
 
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White, Gregory
White, Gregory
Associate Professor, Vet Grant Program/Dir Trad NSG
Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Office: S3208B
Phone: (218) 723-6789
Email: gwhite@css.edu
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Carrie Alajoki, DNP, MSN, APRN,FNP-C

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.

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Vicki Andrews,

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Laurel Ash, DNP, CNP, RN

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.

 

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Pamela Bjorklund, PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNS-BC

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.

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Cynthia Brown, DNP, RN, PHN, RDN

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. 

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Paula Byrne, DNP, PHN, RN

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.

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Michael Clabaugh, MA

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.

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Heather Conito, MSN, RN

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.
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Gina Diaz, DNP, RN

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 Traditional Undergraduate (TUG) Nursing at the Duluth campus. Her clinical background includes critical care nursing, geriatric nursing, and transcultural nursing.  She developed the Philippines Capstone for senior nursing students and the lead faculty for this international clinical experience.

Dr. Diaz is a recipient of the Max H. Lavine Award for Teaching Excellence 2017 from The College of St. Scholastica. 

 

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Beth Donahue, M.A., R.N.

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.    
 

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Patricia Earley, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

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
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Rhea Ferry, DNP APRN FNP-C NE

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. 

 

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Mary Gdula, MSN, FNP-C

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.

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Byron Herdman, DNP, APRN, CNP

 

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Rena Herheim, MSN, RN

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.
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Michelle Hoffmann, MSN, RN, HNB-BC

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. 

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Jessica Huber, MSN

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 the Undergraduate Nursing Department Chair in the School of Nursing. She draws her clinical knowledge and expertise from behavioral health and medical/surgical patient population care. She developed leadership skills while serving within a large integrated healthcare organization’s clinical education department. Jessica is dedicated to advancing the nursing profession through strategic professional development and adopting education best-practices. Jessica is honored to be part of the CSS community and committed to the SON Mission, Vision, and Philosophy.

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Karianne Hultman,

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Sherry Johnson, DNP,APRN,CNP,CNS,

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.  

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Christopher Kemnitz, Ph.D., MSN, RN

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 two textbooks and has published and presented articles on basic science, human factors, anatomy, physiology, 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. He is the current interim chair of the Department of Graduate Nursing at CSS.

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Lori Lindgren, MSN, RN, PHN, FNP-BC, HTCP

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.
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SueAnne Mattson, MA, RN, CHSE

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

 

 

 

 

 

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Sara McCumber, DNP,APRN, CNP, CNS, AGPCNP-BC, FNP-BC, GNP-BC, AHCNS-BC

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.

 

 

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Katherine Meyer, MSN, RN, CCRN

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Wendy Mrdutt, MSN, RN

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Matthew Nierengarten, BSN, RN

Matthew Nierengarten, BSN, RN

Position: Instructor, School of Nursing, Traditional Undergraduate Program

Education: Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the College of St. Scholastica, 2013

College of St. Scholastica, BSN to DNP in Healthcare Leadership, Adult Gerontological Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Track - Graduation in May 2023

Biography: Matthew graduated from St. Scholastica in 2013 and began working in a Level One Trauma & Neurological Intensive Care Unit shortly thereafter. He joined the Traditional Undergraduate Program in 2019 while simultaneously starting the BSN to DNP program at St. Scholastica. He serves as one of the counselors for the St. Scholastica chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, International Nursing Honor Society.

Certifications: BLS, ACLS, NAEMT Instructor for Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support, TNCC, NIHSS

Courses: Healthcare Across the Continuum II & IV, Faculty Supervisor for the ICU Elective for HEC IV, Clinical Preceptor, Capstone Faculty, Professional Nursing V

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Matthew Nygren, DNP APRN AGACNP-BC ACNPC-AG CCRN

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 

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Pam Olson, Academic Advisor

Academic Advisor for:

  • RN to BS Online Program
  • Prerequisite Seeking Post Baccaluarete Students

Students, feel free to connect with me via email (polson@css.edu)

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Pam Olson, Academic Advisor

Academic Advisor for:

  • RN to BS Online Program
  • Prerequisite Seeking Post Baccaluarete Students

Students, feel free to connect with me via email (polson@css.edu)

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Brooke Pettinelli, MSN, APRN, CNP, FNP-BC, GNP-BC

 

 

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

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Amos Restad,

Amos Restad is an instructor in the traditional undergraduate nursing department. His primary content area is medical-surgical nursing theory, lab, and clinical. Prior to joining the faculty team in 2015, he worked as a registered nurse at Essentia Health in the adult critical care units. He maintains a position there on a casual status. He received his B.S. in nursing and his B.A. in biology from The College of St. Scholastica in 2010. In 2013 he attained his critical care certification through the American Association of Critical Care Nurses. He is currently enrolled in the doctorate of nursing practice program at The College of St. Scholastica and is pursuing his family nurse practitioner credentials.

Amos has worked with the faculty team to develop a concept-based nursing curriculum. He is a member of the International Nursing Association for Clinical and Simulation Learning (INACSL), and he has developed new simulations based on INACSL guidelines. Additional service activities include developing a guide for faculty recruiting incoming students and educating faculty and staff within the school of nursing on use of new technology that may enhance learning opportunities. In his spare time he enjoys spending time at the gym, gardening, kayaking, and motorcycling with his family.

Courses:

Professional Nursing & Health Care II

Health Continuum II: Individual Physiologic Responses Theory

Health Continuum II: Individual Physiologic Responses Lab and Simulation

Interprofessional Care Coordination of Veterans

Medical-Surgical Clinical

Professional Nursing & Health Care V: Transition to Practice Theory

Professional Nursing & Health Care V: Transition to Practice Simulation

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Kaytlin Richie,

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Sheryl Sandahl, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, CPNP-PC, MPH, MSN

 

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. 

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Elisa Schmitz, DNP, APRN, CPNP

Education:

Doctorate of Nursing Practice

The College of St. Scholastica

Duluth, MN

 

Master of Science in Nursing

University of Minnesota

Minneapolis, MN

 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Bethel University

St. Paul, MN

 

Teaching Responsibilities:

Recipients of Care across the Lifespan II and III - theory and clinicals; Health Continuum II and III - clinicals; Health Continuum V - lab and Alaska Capstone.

 

Academic and Research Interests:

Pediatrics, Community Health Nursing including School Based Nursing, Food Allergy Awareness, and Evidenced Based Practice.

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Kathryn Smith,

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Laura Smith, MSN, RN, PHN

 

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Lisa Starr, DNP, MSN, APRN, WHNP-BC

  • 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
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Gregory White, DNP, APRN, FNP-C

Education:

Minnesota State University Moorhead, Moorhead, MN - Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Simmons University, Boston, MA - Master of Science in Family Nurse Practice

The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN - Doctorate of Nursing Practice and Healthcare Leadership

Biography:

Dr. Greg White is the Director of the Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Program. He is an advanced practice registered nurse and Veteran with experience in multiple roles including pre-hospital, flight and military medicine, emergency and critical care nursing, as well as nursing education and leadership. He is also the faculty lead for the Veteran to BS in Nursing program, which works with cohots of veterans and currently serving military members to promote veteran nursing student success, individualized advising and counseling, and recognition of existing leadership and clinical skills throughout their admission and progress in the Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Program.

Recent achievements: 

Dr. White was the overall winner of the inaugural Florence Award by the Duluth News Tribune in 2020 for Strength in Empathy, Mission, and Innovation in the field of Nursing. He was also selected as Nurse of the Year for the Air National Guard in 2019.

He is an inductee and active member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and holds certification in Family Nurse Practice from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP), of which he is also a member.

Current Courses:

NSG 3370: Pathopharmacology for Nursing Practice (Lecture, Course Designer)

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