Associate Professor, Luther College and Doctoral student at Capella University
Decorah, Iowa

Professional Experience

Olmsted Medical Center,
(2011 - 2013)
Med/surg-Special Care Unit Staff RN
Luther College,
(2007 - Present)
Associate Professor

I am responsible for teaching the "med/surg" courses in our curriculum, labeled Health and Healing I/II + clinical, which is located in our Rochester campus.  I coordinate clinical faculty for the courses, as well as teach clinical in the areas of neurosurgery, thoracic/vascular surgery and PCU, cardiac PCU, hematology, and general surgery.  We are currently transitioning to the conceptual approach, which is quite challenging and I am learning much along the way.  The best part of my job is watching students grow into confident, competent nursing students by the end of their junior year.  I live for those "ah-ha!" moments!

Mayo Clinic,
Emergency Department, Surgical/Trauma ICU (2004 - 2010)
Staff RN
St. Elizabeth's Medical Center,
Lafayette, Indiana (2003 - 2004)
Critical Care RN
Hennepin County Medical Center,
Surgical-Trauma-Neuroscience Unit (2001 - 2003)
Staff RN


Capella University
PhD: Nursing education (January, 2016)

Currently collecting data regarding the non-preceptor nurse's experience working with and teaching nursing students in the traditional clinical learning environment.  

University of Minnesota
MS: Nursing education (May, 2008)
Luther College
BAN (May, 2001)


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