Faculty and Staff | School of Nursing

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Position: Professor/Dean, SON
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 723-6021
E-Mail: janderson16@css.edu

Dr. Anderson has over 35 years of experience in nursing practice, policy, research, and higher education. She has taught at the undergrduate, master's, and doctoral levels and enjoys motivating students to do their best. Dr. Anderson has a long history of conducting research, both clinical trials and original projects. She has served on the National Advisory Council for Nursing Research for the National Institutes of Health and has published over 50 refereed manuscripts and book chapters on topics in the realm of wounds - their diagnosis and treatment. She is a lead evaluator for the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, a member of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, and Sigma Theta Tau International. 

Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
E-Mail: calajoki@css.edu


  • DNP, The College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN, Graduation expected Spring 2018
  • MSN, Walden University, Minneapolis, MN, 2012
  • ADN, Lake Superior College, Duluth, MN, 1998
  • Diploma, Lake Superor College, Duluth, MN, 1997


Carrie Alajoki has focused much of her nursing career focusing on high quality care in the rural setting.  Her MSN specialized in nursing education and her teaching interests include the adult learning and creative teaching strategies such as the online learning environment.  Carrie Alajoki's nursing experience includes medical/surgical, emergency nursing, obstetrics - including labor and delivery, newborn care, and postpartum care - and occupational health and wellness nursing.

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: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6279
E-Mail: SBarlass@css.edu
Position: Admin Spec, Post-Bac NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6546
E-Mail: lbeck5@css.edu
Position: Asst Prof, Post Bac Nursing
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
E-Mail: lbisila@css.edu


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.


  • 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: Professor, NSG
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 723-6624
E-Mail: PBjorklu@css.edu
Name:  Pamela Bjorklund 
Credentials:  PhD, APRN, PMHNP-BC, CNS-BC

Positions Held at CSS
2000 – Present                   
Professor, TENURED
Department of Graduate Nursing, School of Nursing
College of St. Scholastica, Duluth MN
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Track (PMHNP) in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program, including ethics in health care, DNP clinical project courses, theorizing nursing practice, psychopharmacology, assessment and management of psychiatric disorders in adult clients, PMHNP preceptorship, theories of human development, and theoretical foundations of advanced practice psychiatric-mental health nursing.
2001 – Present
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner/Clinical Nurse Specialist
Student Health Service / 8 hours per week
College of St. Scholastica, Duluth MN
Psychiatric services, including diagnostic evaluations, medication management, and supportive psychotherapy with college students.
Current Responsibilities
I teach courses in the PMHNP track, along with the healthcare ethics, theorizing nursing ethics, theories of human development, and clinical project courses in the DNP program. I provide psychiatric services 8 hours per week to CSS students in the Student Health Service. I currently serve as Chair of the Graduate Curriculum Committee and the Department of Graduate Nursing Curriculum Subcommittee. I am past Chair and Vice Chair of the Faculty Assembly and Steering Committee of the Faculty Assembly. I am engaged in ongoing scholarship, research, and clinical practice. Scholarship interests focus on nursing philosophy, nursing ethics, and psychiatric-mental health nursing. Scholarly efforts have included assisting graduate students in getting their Master’s and DNP Clinical Projects published.
Teaching Award
Recipient of the Max H. Lavine Award for Teaching Excellence, 2009.
Publications and Research
 2002 – 2006
PhD Dissertation                                        
Taking Responsibility: Toward an Understanding of Morality in Practice                                            

An Ethnographic Investigation of the Social Construction of Responsibility in the Residential Dialectical Behavior Therapy of Women Diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder
Description:Over the course of a full year, data from participant observation and from formal and informal, group and individual interviewing were gathered from the all-female residents and staff of a unique, intensive, psychiatric residential treatment facility that applied dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) in a residential context to women diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). This naturalistic (ethnographic) inquiry into the social construction of responsibility in one very particular geography of care aimed to identify, describe, explore and understand the social processes involved in taking responsibility for “a life worth living,” which was the expressed mission of this social group. Ultimately, the study aimed to examine the kind of moral life sustained and reproduced in this mode of psychiatric treatment in order to answer the question: What kind of moral life is this? An important assumption of this project was that morality is not socially modular; that is, it is embedded in social practices, particularly practices of responsibility that assign, allot, define, or deflect responsibilities related to who must do what for whom, at what cost and with what benefit, and who is privileged to deflect or be exempt from such responsibility.
Status: Dissemination of results in progress. Chapters two and three published in Issues in Mental Health Nursing and Advances in Nursing Science, respectively. Further dissemination of results in book and/or manuscript form is pending.
Winner, 'Best' Dissertation Award
Category: Social and Behavioral Sciences and Education
University of Minnesota, 2006 – 2007

Nominated by the University of Minnesota in 2008 for the National Council of Graduate Schools' 'Best'  Disseration Award.
General Interests: Nursing Philosophy, Nursing Ethics, Nursing Humanities, Psychiatry and Women
Quaas, B., & Bjorklund, P. (in press). Simulation start-up in an acute care hospital. Journal of Continuing Education in Nursing.

Maki, M., & Bjorklund, P. (accepted with revisions). Improving cardiovascular disease screening in community mental health centers. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care. 

Lawrence, D., Alleckson, D., & Bjorklund, P. (2010). Beyond the roadblocks: Transitioning to adulthood with Asperger's disorder. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 24(4), 227-238.
Anderson, K., & Bjorklund, P. (2010). Demystifying federal nursing home regulations to improve geropsychiatric care. Perspectives in Psychiatric Nursing, 46(2), 152-162.

Rausch, D., & Bjorklund, P. (2010). Cutting the costs of constant observation. Journal of Nursing Administration, 40(2), 75-81.

Feczer, D. & Bjorklund, P. (2009). Forever changed: Post-traumatic stress disorder in female military veterans, a case report. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 45(4), 278-291.  

Bjorklund, P. (2008). Volume two: Personal and emotional counseling: Ego strength.In F. T. L. Leong (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Counseling. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.                                                              

Bjorklund, P. (2008). Assessment and diagnosis (chapter 4). In K. Wheeler (Ed.), Basic psychotherapy for the advanced practice psychiatric nurse. St. Louis: Mosby, Inc.

Bjorklund, P. (2006). We need to talk: Response (Letter to the editor). Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 42(2), 158-159.

Bjorklund, P. (2006). Taking responsibility: Towards an understanding of morality in practice. Advances in Nursing Science, 29(2), E56-E73.

Bjorklund, P. (2006). No-man’s-land: Gender bias and social constructivism in the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder. Issues in Mental Health Nursing, 27(1), 3-23.

Bjorklund, P. (2005). Can there be a “cosmetic” psychopharmacology? Prozac unplugged: The search for an ontologically distinct cosmetic psychopharmacology. Nursing Philosophy, 6, 131-143.

Bjorklund, P. (2004). ‘There but for the grace of God’: Moral responsibility and mental illness. Nursing Philosophy, 5, 188-200.

Bjorklund, P.  (2004). Invisibility, moral knowledge and nursing work in the writings of Joan Liaschenko and Patricia Rodney. Nursing Ethics, 11(2), 110-121.

Bjorklund, P.  (2003). The certified psychiatric nurse practitioner:  Advanced practice psychiatric nursing reclaimed. Archives of Psychiatric Nursing, 17(2), 77-87.
Bjorklund, P. (2003). Psychiatric-mental health nurse practitioner: Frequently asked questions. Available on The College of St. Scholastica Graduate Nursing Program Website 

Bjorklund, P. (July-Sept, 2000). The Medusa appears: A case study of a narcissistic disturbance. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 36(3), 86-94.

Bjorklund, P. (Jan-Mar, 2000). The assessment of ego strength: Spinning straw into gold. Perspectives in Psychiatric Care, 36(1), 14-23.

Bjorklund, P. (May 1999). Adopting Asian children: The journey of a lifetime. Chosen Child: International Adoption Magazine, 5, 27-31.

Comments on Teaching
Almost everything I know about teaching I learned from an especially wise and gifted 5th Grade teacher. He, in turn, had been deeply influenced by Henry Trueba, once the Dean of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Here is what he taught me about good teaching at any level:
First, good teachers have a compassionate disposition. They have an instinct and inclination to care deeply about the welfare and development of other human beings. Their genuine caring for their students inevitably and unmistakably shows itself over time. Content is nothing without compassion.
Second, good teachers have a commitment to equity and are sensitive to institutional structures that work against nontraditional students. These teachers consider the impact on learning of age, class, race, religion (or the lack of it), gender, disability, and other differences; and they challenge any exclusion from opportunity and recognition of those who are different. My own students are old and young and middle-aged. They are urban and rural, religious and non-religious, well-to-do and not. They are single and married and divorced. They are already professionals. They are almost all women. They have children and grandchildren and no children. They are going back to school after 5 years or 25 years. They are quite unlike the traditional undergraduate student. They are different.
Third, good teachers have theoretical flexibility and can shift gears to meet students’ various needs. They don’t adhere to educational ideology. They can recognize a sparrow trying to fly when they see one;* and they achieve their objectives without pushing square pegs into round holes. I resonate with this, because I am a square peg.
Finally, he said, good teachers know that the best way to teach is to model. Their lives are their arguments. “Example is not the main thing in influencing others,” said Albert Schweitzer. “It is the only thing.”  
Awhile ago, I heard a lecture given by the renowned educator, Parker Palmer, who had been asked to talk about the teachers who had most influenced him. He could not remember their names any longer, nor could he remember anything specific that they had taught, nor anything about their courses. What he remembered, and what he says most students remember about their very best teachers, is simply that he “wanted to be like them.” In a nutshell, this statement encapsulates my teaching philosophy.
I think the teachers whom students remember that way are the teachers who not only genuinely care about students but also inspire them. They are the teachers who are both knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects. They are the teachers who can empathize with their students’ struggles while adhering to high standards and insisting their students can think more deeply. Ultimately, it is not enough to be compassionate and flexible, to be equitable and a good role model, to have mastered a body of content, or to be a scholar in one’s field. What is critically important to excellence in teaching is also that one loves one’s subject and loves sharing it with others. That love is the medium that grows enthusiasm, excitement, and inspiration in these Petri dishes we call classrooms. The seeds of that inspiration feed life-long, self-motivated learning.
*The Sparrow
(for a child with Noonan’s syndrome†)
Five times child
We picked you up off the ground
Out of the long grass
Out of the smell of damp leaves
Placed you in a matchbox
full of tissue paper
Fed you milk with an eye-dropper
Took you with us to school
Showed you to our mothers
Bought you a new set of clothes
Found you a nice job in a good office
Gave you the keys to the car
Chose a sensible woman to fall in love
with those brown eyes
Until we realized you were a bird and must have been trying to fly.
                                                            Glenn Colquhoun
                                                            Playing God
†Noonan’s syndrome is a congenital disorder associated with heart disease,
short stature and learning difficulties.
Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
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


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


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


  • 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.


  • 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: Asst Professor, NSG, Chair
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
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. More recently I developed and taught on-line and traditional LPN classes at Itasca Community College. Working with LPN's made me value the relationships between the levels of nursing and illuminated the emerging importance of the baccalaureuate prepared nurse in the workfoce today.  Currently I teach Leadership 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. 

As the Chair of 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: Dept of RN to BS Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6623
E-Mail: jcadotte@css.edu
Website: View


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
  • Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner, Board-Certified

Jody Cadotte began teaching full-time in the RN to BS Online 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 is excited to be part of the amazing community at The College of St. Scholastica. 


  •   Dimensions of Professional Nursing
  •  Population Care
Position: Director, NSG Edu Experience
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6596
E-Mail: MClabaug@css.edu

I manage the clinicals for nursing students in the undergraduate and post-baccauluareate 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: Assoc Prof/Fac Lead, Vet Grant
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6154
E-Mail: sconnor1@css.edu

Susan B. Connor is a Registered Nurse (RN) with a passion for patient care and research.  She retired as a Lieutenant Colonel from the United States Air Force in 2004.  Her current position is as an Associate Professor at The College of St. Scholastica in Duluth Minnesota.  She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1974 from the University of Colorado, a Master of Science in Nursing from the University of California in 1982, and a Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Minnesota in 2013.  Dr. Connor’s research interests include vulnerable populations such as mothers and children, disaster response and recovery, and mixed-method designs.  She is an active member of the American Nurses Association, and Sigma Theta Tau.  She authored numerous journal articles and presented several papers at national and international meetings.  Her goals are to continue to develop her skills as a nurse scientist and help grow the next generation of nurse innovators.


Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6008
E-Mail: GDiaz@css.edu
Position: Asst. Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: 723-6008
  • Philippine Christian University-Mary Johnston College of Nursing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1982
  • College of St Scholastica-Master of Arts in Nursing (Adult Nurse Practitioner Track), 2007
  • College of St Scholastica-Post-Master’s Certificate (Gerontology Nurse Practitioner), 2011
  • College of St Scholastica- Doctor of Nursing Practice in Advanced Practice Nursing, 2015
Dr. Diaz started her nursing career in the US in 1985 and focused on critical care during her early years of practice. Her 22 years of critical care experience helped her transition to nursing education as a clinical faculty. Her specialty focus in nursing education includes gerontology nursing and study abroad (Philippines Capstone Experience).
Recent Achievements (awards/honors):
  •   Nominee-2016 Inclusive Excellence Award-The College of St Scholastica
  •   Nominee/Finalist-2015 DAISY Faculty Award DAISY Foundation
  •   Honoree (Awardee)-2014 DAISY Faculty Award DAISY Foundation
  •   Nominee/Finalist-2013 FLAG Star Award Midwest Geriatric Nursing Education Alliance    University of Minnesota
  •   Inductee (2007) Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing
  •   Nominee/Finalist (2007) Dr. Nancy Meyers-Freeman Awards-The College of St. Scholastica
  •  Doctoral Project: Integrating Geriatric Content into Traditional Undergraduate Baccalaureate Nursing Curriculum (2015)
  • DNP Project Site Mentor (for DNP Candidate 2015-16) Improving the Consistency of Faculty Scoring in Simulation Using the Lasater Clinical Judgment Rubric.
  • Research Consultant (2011-2012) Enhancing motivation for physical activity to reduce falls among community dwelling older adults. National Institutes of Health /National Institute of Nursing Research Grant -John A. Hartford Foundation/Building Academic Geriatric Nursing Capacity Program
  • Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Courses (junior and senior levels)
  • Gerontology Nursing Clinical Specialty
  • Philippines Capstone Experience
Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: DNP
E-Mail: sdickey@css.edu
Experienced Advanced Practice Nurse as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Primary experience in express and urgent care. Doctor of Nursing Practice clinical experience at the University of Minnesota Cardiovascular Clinic.
ANCC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner.
Licensed by the State of Minnesota as a Certified Nurse Practitioner.
My areas of practice interest are family medicine, and cardiovascular health. My research interests include cardiovascular health, online learning, and simulation.
2012:  Doctor of Nursing Practice. Metropolitan State University, St. Paul MN.
1999: Masters of Science in Nursing, Family Nurse Practitioner focus. Metropolitan State University, St. Paul MN
1981: Bachelors of Science in Nursing. The College of St. Benedict, St. Joseph, MN.
Position: Asst Professor, NSG
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, NSG
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 723-6710
E-Mail: pearley@css.edu
Website: View


  • Experienced Advanced Practice Registered Nurse-Nurse Practitioner;  Extensive (>20 yrs) clinical experience as a Family Nurse Practitioner.  Has broad experience with populations across the lifespan providing preventative care, evaluation and treatment of episodic illness, and chronic disease management.
  • My teaching philosophy focuses on application of didactic knowledge to clinical practice;  didactic coursework is conducted on-line and in classroom settiing; 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.


  • Master of Science, Nursing, University of Alaska-Anchorage 1996
  • Bachelor of Science, Nursing, University of Alaska-Anchorage 1987


  • Family Nurse Practitioner, American Nurses Credentialing Center

Professional Affiliations:

  • Member, American Nurses Association
  • Member, American Association of Nurse Practitioners


Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6134
E-Mail: pebel@css.edu
Education: Viterbo University - Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, 2011 Viterbo University - Master of Science in Nursing Education, 2014 Biography: Ms Ebel is an outgoing nursing professional with a diverse background encompassing education and practice areas that include acute care, emergency medicine and surgery. An avid proponent of lifelong learning is evidenced by a commitment to continuing education and professional development.
Position: Asst Professor, Trad Nursing
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 723-6505
E-Mail: celing1@css.edu


Rochester Community College, Rochester, MN            ADN                                       1981

Planned Parenthood of MN/SD, Minneapolis, MN       Certificate WHNP                 1998  (women’s health NP)

Viterbo University, LaCrosse, WI                                      BSN                                        2004

University of WI-Eau Claire                                               MSN ANP                              2009 (adult NP)



Idso, C. (2009). Sexually transmitted infection prevention in newly single older women. Journal of Nurse Practitioner, 5(6), 440-446. 



Carol Idso Eling’s clinical experience consists of working as a RN for 17 years in various areas of nursing including, medical/surgical, emergency department, clinical coordinator, and as a certified diabetes educator.  As an advanced practiced RN, I practiced as a women's health nurse practitioner for 15 yrs specializing in infertility along with total gynecological care and two years in internal medicine.  

She is enthusiastic and passionate about lifelong learning and sharing knowledge while supporting and challenging students with the foundation of the Benedictine values.  



Position: Assoc Professor, NSG
Department: DNP
E-Mail: nfalk@css.edu

Dr. Nancy L. Falk is a nursing leader, educator, and scholar with a collaborative style and interdisciplinary perspective informed by clinical, informatics, policy, and business/leadership understanding and experience.  

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 primary area of expertise is in aging worker/workforce issues. 

Dr. Falk was a trailblazer (1980s-1990s) in biomedical informatics leading clinicians and researchers to embrace electronic research tools and emerging technology solutions to enhance clinical practice and research. She was instrumental in initiating and developing the Nurse Faculty Education Act of 2005, as the John Heinz U.S. Senate Fellow in Aging Policy.

As a founding faculty member of the School of Nursing at the George Washington University (2009-2016), 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 to help them gain skills and confidence so they meet and exceed professional goals. Recent Teaching Honor: Sigma Theta Tau, Epsilon Zeta Chapter, Excellence in Nursing Education Award (2015). 

Service: Elected member of the National Academy of Social Insurance. Serve on Social Research, Policy and Practice Executive Committee of GSA as Mentoring Committee representative. Service Highlight: Fellow in Gerontological Society of America (GSA) (2016). 


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: NSG Asst Professor
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6314
E-Mail: CGeimer@css.edu
Assistant Professor in the Post-Baccalaureate School of Nursing Department since 2017. Teaching experience in High School, Technical Colleges, Military and Baccalaureate Educational Programs in Nursing and Allied Health, with integration of online and face-to-face delivery formats. Areas of interest include curriculum and grant development and outcome assessments. Research interests include simulation, diverse cultural curriculum integration and military / governmental involvement in nursing.
Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Dept of RN to BS Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6006
E-Mail: CGinsber@css.edu

My areas of interest are family nursing, working with underserved populations, geriatrics and trans-cultural nursing.  These passions reveal themselves in the stories I share with students – from the cancer ridden illegal refugee seeking asylum in the US,  to the woman with no pre-natal care who arrived in my clinic ready to give birth, to the homeless teen mom with a multiply handicapped baby.  Engaging the affective domain through story telling helps breach the gap between academics and humanity - the very real needs of our patients within the larger context of family, community, political/economic realities and the globe.

When not teaching, I unwind by writing, spending time with friends, and being replenished by the presence of wind and sky over our Great Lake.

Position: Asst Professor, Post-Bac NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (320) 625-4802
E-Mail: rherheim@css.edu
St. Cloud State University- Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2008
Sacred Heart University- Master of Science in Nursing (Education Track), 2014
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. 
  • NSG 3600 Introduction to Nursing Practice
  • NSG 3870 Health Transitions II
  • NSG 3871 Integrative Lab I
  • Has taught various medical-surgical, mental health, and leadership type courses, labs, and clinical rotations.
Position: Asst Prof, Post-Bac Nursing
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 733-2279
E-Mail: jjagodzinske@css.edu


Minnesota State Community and Technical College - Associates Degree - Registered Nursing, 2012 

Minnesota State University Moorhead - Bachelor of Arts - Psychology, 1999

Nebraska Methodist College - Master of Science Nurse Education, 2016


Post Baccalaureate Nursing - Specializing in Med-Surg, Advanced Care, and Conflict Management

Position: Assoc Professor, NSG
Department: Dept of RN to BS Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6222
E-Mail: ajohnson14@css.edu

Position: Associate Professor, NSG
Department: Chair, Non-Traditional Nursing
Phone: 723-62222
E-Mail: ajohnson14@css.edu


Arlene Johnson PhD, RN, CNP, CNE assumed the position of Chair of Non-Traditional Nursing in fall 2013. 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. I am certified through the National League for Nursing as a Certified Nurse Educator. 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: Administrative Asst, 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 Clnic, 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: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Dept of RN to BS Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6783
E-Mail: jkantari@css.edu

Julie Kantarik started teaching in the RN to BS Online Nursing Program in the Fall of 2014, bringing seven years of teaching experience to The College of St. Scholastica. She earned an AD in Nursing from Minneapolis Community College, a BA in Nursing from The College of St. Scholastica, and a MS with a major in Nursing from The College of St. Scholastica. Her professional experience as a nurse focused on cardiovascular and gerontological nursing with an interest in chronic disease management. She is passionate about fostering learning for students that decide to continue their education in nursing. She is excited to support The College of St. Scholastica in providing students "Direction for Life."

Position: Assoc Professor, NSG
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 Levine 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 geriatrics and nursing education. 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: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-5945
E-Mail: JKnuths@css.edu


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


Doctor Knuths' clinical background includes critical care nursing, healthcare administration and healthcare research.  Her research focus is evaluating student's clinical reasoning development in the simulation setting.  Dr. Knuths incorporates active learning in her concept-based courses to engage students in their journey to professional nurse.  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'  Professional Nursing courses integrate scientific knowledge, leadership principles and ethical values to educate the next generation of professional nurses. 


Medical-Surgical Clinical Education

Nursing Simulation Laboratory

Professional Nursing courses

Position: Asst Prof, Nursing
Department: Dept of RN to BS Nursing
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.  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: Assistant Professor, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
E-Mail: mlarson15@css.edu


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: Skills and Simulation Tech
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6650
E-Mail: clawler@css.edu
Position: Asst Professor, Post-Bacc Nrsg
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
E-Mail: mlindberg1@css.edu


St. Cloud Technical College – Practical Nursing Diploma, 2003

Ridgewater College – Registered Nursing ADN, 2005

Walden University – Walden University BSN, 2010

Walden University – Walden University MSN, 2012



Mary’s MSN specialized in Nursing Education.  Her teaching interests include simulation and teaching in an online learning environment. Mary’s nursing experience is in medical/surgical areas.  She worked in Orthopedics and Neuroscience units most of my nursing career.  Mary continue to work at a Nursing home and a critical access hospital.  Mary lives in a small rural area where she and her husband raise their two boys. Mary is active member of her community and school system. 



·        Health Transitions 1, 3, 4

·        Nursing Labs for all course

 Capstone Clinical. 

Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-5946
E-Mail: LLindgre@css.edu
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.
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, NSG
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 733-2249
E-Mail: MMaki@css.edu
Position:  Assistant Professor
Department:  DNP
Email:  mmaki@css.edu
I have been working with the Graduate Department of Nursing since 2005 as an adjunct instructor.  I joined the faculty as a half time Assistant Professor in 2013.  I earned my BA, MA and DNP degrees from the College of St. Scholastica.  I teach clinical psychiatric and mental health courses. 
I am a Family Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and also work at the Human Development Center.  In my clinical work, I provide psychiatric care for patients of all ages.  I diagnose and treat a wide variety of psychiatric disorders from children to adults with serious and persistent mental illness.  Treatment modalities include pharmacologic and non-pharmacologic modalities.
My goal as a teacher is to cultivate students’ love of learning and to challenge them to explore the unfamiliar and less known to them during their time at CSS.  Ultimately, I want to help fill the gap in mental health care by helping students become competent, compassionate, respectful, and empathetic Psychiatric Nurse Practitioners.
Maki, M. & Bjorklund, P. (2013). Improving cardiovascular disease screening in community                                 
     mental health centers.  Psychiatric Perspectives, 3, 179-186.
Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6231
E-Mail: SMattson@css.edu

When I started college, I was a business major.  During my sophomore year, I switched to nursing and it was the best decision that I have ever made!  As a graduate of the CSS nursing program, I can appreciate the history and reputation of the College.  Nursing has proven to be a fulfilling career that has taken me in many professional directions.  As a staff nurse on a post-coronary care unit for 10 years, I had the opportunity to care for patients, be a mentor/ preceptor and charge nurse.  I went back to school and received my Master’s degree and worked as an acute care nurse practitioner in cardiology and primary care.  Now, I have the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience with students to help educate a workforce of future professional nurses.
My philosophy of teaching is that, as nurses, we get to care for individuals, with our hands and our hearts, at the most vulnerable times in their lives.  It is a responsibility and privilege that should not be taken lightly.  In order for students to feel confident and competent in caring for patients, we need to prepare them for real-life clinical situations.  My primary responsibility is to coordinate and teach in the skills and simulation labs for the School of Nursing.  Students participate in classes that allow them to practice not only the hands-on skills that they will use in the hospital setting but also to practice professional behaviors and therapeutic communication.   We are able to combine technology, through use of high fidelity, interactive manikins, with the fundamentals of holistic, baccalaureate nursing practice as well as the Benedictine values to engage students in realistic, simulated patient-care experiences.  Students progress through increasingly complex skills from sophomore year when they learn basic health assessment until the senior year when they learn to respond to life-threatening situations. Helping students to integrate nursing theory, critical thinking and technical skills has been my most rewarding career yet.

Position: Assoc Professor, NSG
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 625-4483
E-Mail: SMcCumbe@css.edu
  • Experienced Advanced Practice Nurse-Nurse Practitioner and Clinical Nurse Specialist.  Extensive clinical experience in public/community health, care of adults and older adults in long term and community settings and care management and care coordination.
  • ANCC Board Certificaitons: Adult NP, Gerontological NP, Adult-Gero Primary Care NP, Family NP, Clinical Nurse Specialist Community/Public Health, Clinical Nurse Specialist Adult Health
  • My teaching philosophy focuses on creating an open classroom rich with feedback and opportunities for interaction and active learning.  My goal as a teacher is to instill a commitment to life learning and openness to reflective practice.
  • Education
  • Doctor of Nursing Practice, University of Minnesota, 2014
  • Post Master's Family Nurse Practitioner Certificate, The College of St. Scholastica, 2003
  • Post Master's Adult Nurse Practitioner Certificate, The College of St. Scholastica, 2001
  • Master of Science, Major-Public Health Nursing, University of Minnesota, 1996
  • Bachelor of Science, Community Health Education, University of Minnesota, 1982
  • Diploma, St. Luke's School of Nursing, 1980
Position: Coord, Educational Exp, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6025
E-Mail: AMcQuear@css.edu
Position: Asst. Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6004
E-Mail: JNielsen@css.edu

Josey teaches med/surg nursing theory and clinical skills and simulation at the traditional undergraduate level. Josey  has had many years of clinical practice in various adult intensive care settings.
She has been a Critical Care Educator at Rochester Methodist Hospital, Rochester, MN
and taught Critical Care Certification  (CCRN) courses at Rochester Community College. She received a Masters of Science degree from the University of Minnesota with a focus in nursing education.

Josey has also worked with vunerable  populations incarcerated in the St Louis County Jail.
She currently serves on the Advisory Board for the Clean Proram that works with students committed to maintaining sobriety while attending the College of St. Scholastica.

Academic interests include increasing student’s awareness of and competence caring for at risk individuals and groups. She is also committed to incorporating best practice stratagies to teach and measure clinical reasoning skills and essential nursing competencies using simulation.

Josey believes that learning is most successful in a respectful, honest and challenging environment.

Position: Asst Professor, Grad Nursing
Department: DNP
E-Mail: colson15@css.edu

Dr. Christine Olson is a Family Nurse Practitioner and teaches in the BS to DNP Program in Graduate Nursing at The College of St. Scholastica.  Practice experience includes family practice, rural emergency care, and hospital medicine.  She has been a Family Nurse Practitioner since 2001 with a Master of Science in Nursing from University of Mary in Bismarck, North Dakota.  In 2015, she completed her DNP from North Dakota State University in Fargo, North Dakota.  Her DNP Project was Emergency Care Education for Advanced Practice Providers in Rural Critical Access Hospitals.

Current courses taught include Evidence Based Practice, Lifespan Health Assessment, Clinical Project Courses, Nurse Practitioner Preceptorship and Advanced Practicum  V: Older Adult.  

Position: Online Student Advisor, RN/BS
Department: Dept of RN to BS Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-5975
E-Mail: POlson@css.edu
Website: View

As an advisor for the Non Traditional Nursing Program, I am responsible for supporting online students from time of acceptance to the College through the time of graduation. I am the student's professional point of contact with the College and to assist students with all academic matters.   I provide an orientation to all new students to ensure they have the information they need to be successful in the online program.

Position: Recruit/Retention Spec, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-5944
E-Mail: jpearson3@css.edu
Position: Asst Prof, Grad Nursing
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 750-4254
E-Mail: bpettinelli@css.edu




MSN- College of St. Scholastica 2010

BSN- College of St. Scholastica 2007

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

EMT Certificate Mesabi Range Community and Technical College - 2012


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


Courses: Advanced Pharmacology, Theories of Human Development, Lifespan Health Assessment

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


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

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

Walden University - Nursing Informatics Certificate, 2011

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


Mental Health Concepts for the Post Bacchelaureate Nursing Program

Position: Instructor, Trad Nursing
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6005
E-Mail: ARestad@css.edu

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.


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

Position: Assoc Professor, NSG
Department: Postbaccalaureate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6390
E-Mail: SSandahl@css.edu

Chair of the Post-baccalaureate nursing department since 2007. Teaching experience in baccalaureate education both online and face-to-face delivery formats. Areas of interest include curriculum development and assessment. Research interests include collaborative testing, role development, and simulation. 

Position: Asst Professor, NSG
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6780
E-Mail: eschmitz1@css.edu


Doctor of Nurse Practitioner (in progress)

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 Reseach Interests:

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

Position: Asst Prof/Interim Chair, NSG
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 733-2211
E-Mail: PSenk@css.edu

Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing
University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee
Milwaukee, WI
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
College of St. Teresa
Winona, MN

Teaching Responsibilities:
Health Care Informatics, Outcomes Research, Quality Improvement, Epidemiology & Biostatistics, Health Program Evaluation

Research Interests:
Knowledge representation in a clinical information system, consumer informatics, and evidence-based practice


Byrne, P., & Senk, P. (2017). Google Glass in nursing education: Accessing knowledge at the point of care. Computers, Informatics, Nursing.

Westra, B.L., Sylvia, M., Weinfurter, E.F., Pruinelli, L., Park, J.I., Dodd, D., Keenan, G.M., Senk, P., Richesson, R.L., Baukner, V., Cruz, C., Gao, G., Whittenburg, L., & Delaney, C.W. (2016). Big data science: A literature review of nursing research exemplars. Nursing Outlook, 1-13. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.outlook.2016.11.021

Senk, P., & Koski, S. (2016). Chapter 8: The relationship between a quality measure and staffing hours in nursing homes. In Sandefer, R., & Marc, D. Data analytics in healthcare research: Tools and strategies. Chicago, IL: American Health Information Management Association.

Senk, P. (2011). A nursing domain model: Prevention of pressure ulcers (Unpublished doctoral dissertation). University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

Hagle, M., & Senk, P. (2010). Chapter 2: Evidence-Based Practice. In M. Alexander, A. Corrigan, L. Gorski, et al., Infusion nursing: An evidence based approach (3rd  ed.) (pp. 10-21). St. Louis, MO: Mosby-Elsevier.

Senk, P., & Hagle, M. E. (2009). Pressure ulcers in adults in acute care. Knowledge-Based Nursing Initiative. Milwaukee, WI.

Senk, P., & Hagle, M. E. (2009). Moderate sedation in adults in acute care. Knowledge-Based Nursing Initiative. Milwaukee, WI.

Ravvaz, K., Senk, P., Patrick, T., Coenen, A., Kim, T., Zhao, H., Gaudioso, C., Jansen, K., & Lang, N. (2008, November). Mapping nursing concepts to ontologies for evidence-based nursing. Poster session presented at AMIA Conference, Biomedical and Health Informatics: From Foundations to Applications to Policy. Washington, DC.

Hagle, M. E., & Senk, P. (2008). Risk for pressure ulcer in adults in acute care. Knowledge-Based Nursing Initiative. Milwaukee, WI.

Senk, P. (2015). An analysis of peer feedback in an online graduate nursing course. Poster presentation at the Scholarhsip of Teaching and Learning Commons Conference, Savannah, GA. [peer reviewed]

Bastain, H., Bjorklund, P., McDonald, A., Senk, P., & McCumber, S. (2014). Shifting locations: Reflections on writing-enriched curriculum projects in diverse contexts. Interactive presentation at the Internationsal Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. [peer reviewed]

Senk, P., & Kochanski, K. (2009). Preventing Pressure Ulcers in the Acute Care Setting. Interactive Presentation at MetaStar Conference, Wisconsin Dells, WI. [invited]

Hagle, M., & Senk, P. (2009). Interpreting and Evaluating Design, Data and Level of Evidence for the Novice. Interactive Workshop at Building Bridges to Research Based Nursing Practice, Milwaukee, WI. [invited]

Senk, P., Kochanski, K., & Hansen, M. (2009). Partnering with Patients to Share Healthcare Knowledge: Pressure Ulcer Prevention. Poster Presentation at Building Bridges to Research Based Nursing Practice, Milwaukee, WI. [peer reviewed]

Hagle, M., & Senk, P. (2008). Interpreting Research and Evaluating Data for the Novice. Interactive Workshop Session presented at Building Bridges to Research Based Nursing Practice, Milwaukee, WI. [peer reviewed]

Senk, P., & Pearson, A. (2006). Reducing Nosocomial Pressure Ulcers in the Intensive Care Unit. Poster Presentation at Building Bridges to Research Based Nursing Practice, Milwaukee, WI. [peer reviewed]

Position: NSG Assistant Professor
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6003
E-Mail: ASimek@css.edu
Website: View


Hibbing Community College AA/ADN

The College of St Scholastica BSN, MSN, DNP student

Biography: Andrea Simek MSN, RN, FNP-C is an Assistant Professor in the Traditional Undergraduate Nursing Program. Interests include women's health, obstetric nursing, community nursing, including rural and underserved population health.

Recent Achievments:

Andrea Simek is currenlty enrolled as a DNP student at The College of St Scholastica. Andrea's research in the DNP program has combined her interest in rural health and faith based nursing. Andrea is currently studying the potential effects of a rural faith based health promotion program on cardiovascular risk. Anticipated graduation of DNP program spring semester 2017.


NSG 2222: Lifespan I Theory Professor: Growth and Development, Genetics, Functional Ability

NSG 3111: Professional Nursing II: Technology and Informatics, Interprofessional Communication, Evidence Based Practice

NSG 3334: HEC II  Lab Instructor: Junior skills series

NSG 3337: HEC III Psychosocial Responses: Reproductive Health Theory and Lab

NSG 3222: Lifespan II Community Health Clinical Coordinator and Instructor

NSG 4222: Lifespan III Global and Community Health Theory Professor, Clinical Coordinator, and Clinical Instructor

NSG 4113: Complex Simulation: OB Nursing and Neonatal Nursing

NSG 4337: Alaska Capstone Travel Experience Coordinator and Clinical Faculty

Position: Admin Specialist, NSG
Department: DNP
Phone: (218) 723-6272
E-Mail: skaiser@css.edu
Position: Admin Assistant II, Nursing
Department: SON Admin
Phone: (218) 723-6566
E-Mail: SThores2@css.edu
Position: Asst Prof, Vet Grant Program
Department: Traditional Undergraduate Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6789
E-Mail: gwhite@css.edu
Website: View

Lake Superior College - Associate of Arts, 2009

Wisconsin Indianhead Technical College - Associate of Science in Nursing, 2011

Community College of the Air Force - Associate of Applied Science in Allied Health, 2012

Minnesota State University Moorhead - Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 2014

Simmons College - Master of Science in Family Nurse Practice, 2017


Greg is a 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. His current role at CSS is as the Veteran Clinical Liaison for the Veteran to BS in Nursing Program. He serves as the sole clinical instructor for cohorts of Veteran and service-connected nursing students throughout their entire academic progression in the Undergraduate Nursing Program. His goal is to help train Veterans to be excellent nurses who are able to continue to serve their community after their uniformed service to their country is complete through the acknowlegement and inclusion of their very unique experiences and skills into their nursing education.

Recent achievements:

He is an inductee and active member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing



NSG 2333: Health Continuum I

NSG 3334: Health Continuum II

NSG 3222: Nursing Care Across the Lifespan II: Families and Community

NSG 3337: Health Continuum III

NSG 4337: Health Continuum IV

NSG 4113: Professional Nursing & Healthcare V

NSG 4777: Interprofessional Care Coordination of Veterans

NSG 8150: Pathophysiology for Advanced Clinical Practice