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Bushey, Teresita "Tessie" MA, RN
Position: Asst. Professor, Nursing
Department/School: School of Nursing
Phone: (218) 723-6771
My area of specialty lies in the practice of nursing in rural areas. I have worked in arctic Alaska, critical access hospitals, and home health/hospice in remote areas. As healthcare delivery changes, and the role of nursing shifts away from acute care and into chronic disease management and health promotion, rural nurses will be invaluable links to provide quality care.
My teaching experiences begin in rural Alaska with some of the first distance delivery methods in place. It was quite interesting to teach American Heart Association CPR to Inupiat Eskimo first responders who truly understood how far away you might be from an acute care hospital setting. Currently I teach Professional Nursing courses for the undergraduate nursing program helping students see the complex relationships between healthcare policy, cost of care delivery, and the unique role of each staff nurse as a leader. All nurses are leaders. My most recent passion has been to develop Interprofessional healthcare teaching teams to allow students to leave their silo style education and develop collaborative care plans.
As a leader within the Traditional Track in the Undergraduate Nursing Program I seek to inspire our faculty team to find the best way to educate the nurses of the future, teaching students to blend skills in technology with compassionate, holistic, quality care. We seek to create nurses who are strong patient advocates, nurses who use the Benedictine values as part of their anchor for moral decision making, and finally nurses who are able to seek answers rooted in Evidence Based Practice. As healthcare becomes increasingly complex, the nurses of the future are called to imagine new delivery care models. Imagination and problem solving can be stimulated by accessing a liberal arts foundation.
My outside interests include experimentation in a broad range of textile arts, extensive travel abroad, and the production and cooking of local foods.
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.
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.
The College of Saint Scholastica- Doctor of Nursing Practice in Advanced Practice Nursing, 2015
The College of Saint Scholastica- Gerontology Nurse Practitioner Certificate, 2011
The College of Saint Scholastica- Master of Arts in Nursing (Adult Nurse Practitioner Track), 2007
Philippine Christian University-Mary Johnston College of Nursing- Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1982
Dr. Diaz is an Associate Professor in the School of Nursing, College of St. Scholastica Duluth campus. She teaches full time in the Traditional Undergraduate Nursing program, teaching core courses, clinical, and skills lab and simulation. Dr. Diaz came to St. Scholastica in 2004 as an adjunct clinical faculty and joined as full time faculty in 2007. Her clinical background includes critical care nursing and geriatric nursing. She integrated geriatric content into the traditional undergraduate nursing program at St. Scholastica for her doctoral project. She developed an international (Philippines) capstone experience for senior level nursing students.
Dr. Diaz is a recipient of the Max Lavine Award for Teaching Excellence 2017 from St. Scholastica. Her teaching philosophy is to create and provide a welcoming and positive learning environment that: a) enhance knowledge, skills, and attitude, b) allow and encourage students to engage in civil and respectful discourse, and c) sense of belongingness regardless of cultural background and intellectual abilities.
Senior Level Core Courses
Gerontology Clinical Specialty
International Capstone Experience
Recent Scholarly Activity:
Diaz, G. B., Byrne, P., Imperial, E. (2017). Prelicensure international immersion illuminates shared professional values and discovery of nursing voice in cultural humility. Poster Presentation at the 28th International Nursing Research Congress, Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, Dublin, Ireland.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
Professional Nursing & Health Care V: Transition to Practice Theory
Professional Nursing & Health Care V: Transition to Practice Simulation
Doctorate of Nursing Practice
The College of St. Scholastica
Master of Science in Nursing
University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Science in Nursing
St. Paul, MN
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.
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.
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
Education: 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 acknowledgement and inclusion of their very unique experiences and skills into their nursing education.
He is an inductee and active member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, and holds certifications in Adult and Critical Care Nursing from the American Association of Critical Care Nurses (AACN) as well as Family Nurse Practice from the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP).
NSG 2333: Health Continuum I (Lab)
NSG 3334: Health Continuum II (Clinical)
NSG 3222: Nursing Care Across the Lifespan II (Clinical)
NSG 3337: Health Continuum III (Clinical)
NSG 3370: Pathopharmacology for Nursing Practice (Lecture, Faculty Lead)
NSG 4222: Nursing Care Across the Lifespan III (Clinical)
NSG 4337: Health Continuum IV (Clinical and Lab)
NSG 4113: Professional Nursing & Healthcare V (Lab)
NSG 8150: Pathophysiology for Advanced Clinical Practice