Dr. Pamela Schroeder

Pamela Schroeder, EdD, RN
Associate Professor & Chair, Nursing Department
Phone: 605.274.4690

Dr. Pamela Schroeder teaches "Pathophysiology" and "Adult Health Nursing" at the junior level and "Nursing Leadership" and "Interdisciplinary Palliative Care" at the senior level. As nursing international student coordinator/advisor, she is a member of the global education committee, works collaboratively with nursing students, faculty, and administrators at eight colleges/universities in Norway, and teaches an introductory course for the international students from Norway who study at Augustana. She is actively engaged as Phase III National Facilitator for Quality Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN) to integrate QSEN competencies in nursing education and clinical practice settings. She is also a Clinical Education and Training Specialist for Sanford Health, on of Augustana's clinical academic partners. Dr. Schroeder works collaboratively with Sanford Health in the Culture of Caring and Partners in Nursing (PIN) programs. Recently, she completed her doctorate at the University of South Dakota in higher education administration. The title of her doctoral dissertation was "The Influence of Cultural Immersion on Transcultural Self-Efficacy for Nursing Students at Private Faith-Based Baccalaureate Nursing Programs".


Karla Abbott

Karla Abbott, DNP, RN
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Phone: 605.274.5063

Karla Abbott teaches behavioral health nursing. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Karla is involved in research that preserves the health of Native Americans and increases Native American participation in the STEM fields. Karla is faculty advisor to the Augustana Nursing Student Association (ANSA). She received her B.S.N. from Michigan State University, her master's in nursing from Augustana, and her DNP from Augsburg College, Minneapolis, Minnesota.


Jean Herrmann

Jean Herrmann, MSN, Ed CNRN
Instructor, Nursing
Phone: 605.274.4791

Jean Herrmann is a faculty associate for the nursing department. She teaches "Nursing Therapeutics" and "Medical Terminology" along with skills labs for the junior level and advises senior internships. In addition, she serves as junior level coordinator and is involved in the Culture of Caring Practice Model at Sanford Hospital. She enjoys her clinical adventures with students including service learning at The Banquet. Professor Herrmann obtained her bachelor's degree from Augustana College and master's in nursing with a focus in education and leadership degree from Regis University, Denver, Colorado.


Beth Karel

Beth Karel, MSN, RN
Instructor, Nursing
Phone: 605.274.4715

Beth Karel leads clinical for Adult Health Nursing I and II, along with teaching multiple course skills labs. She is also co-coordinator of the nursing simulation lab and supervises student internship experiences during January Interim and the spring semester. Her research interests include dimensional analysis for medication dosage calculation, nursing simulation, informatics, and palliative care.


Kathy Knitig, PhD, RN

Assistant Professor, Nursing
Dr. Kathy Knitig, assistant professor of nursing, earned her bachelor’s degree with a major in nursing from Southwestern College-Wichita, Kansas, and her M.S. and Ph.D. from South Dakota State University in nursing education and nurse research. She practiced as a registered nurse in Wichita, Kansas, for many years before deciding to pursue her doctorate in nursing. She has taught courses at both South Dakota State University and Winona State University before coming to Augustana.

Mary Nelson

Mary Nelson, MSN, RN
Instructor, Nursing
Phone: 605.274.4736

Mary Nelson teaches the NCLEX review course, introduction to professional nursing, serves as an advisor to senior level internships, and is the lab coordinator for the junior course. She has worked in a variety of adult health areas such as surgical, renal, pulmonary, intensive care, and ambulatory surgery. She is the IHI and ATI faculty advisor.


Patricia Waltman

Patricia Waltman, MA, CNL, RN
Instructor, Nursing
Phone: 605.274.5221

Patricia Waltman is the course instructor and coordinator as well as clinical instructor for "Community Health Nursing." She is an instructor for "Nursing Leadership" and conducts the international nursing leadership immersion course, "Experiences in Ecuador." She is certified as a Clinical Nurse Leader.


Lynn White

Lynn White, MSN, CNS, RN
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Phone: 605.274.5336

Lynn White teaches "Adult Health II," "Pharmacology" and is the co-coordinator of the simulation laboratory. Her research interests include the effects of simulation on clinical judgment, and complex adult health care.


Dr. Karen Younger

Karen Younger, PhD, RN
Chair, Natural Science Division and Professor of Nursing
Phone: 605.274.4730

Dr. Karen Younger is an experienced  nurse educator, clinician, and researcher. During her time at Augustana College, she has taught courses and developed curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate level, served in a joint-appointment position at a Magnet-certified regional medical center, and she has held numerous leadership positions. She received her bachelor’s degree in nursing and biology from Luther College (Decorah), graduating summa cum laude; her master’s in adult health nursing from the Medical College of Georgia (Augusta, Ga); and her doctorate in educational research and evaluation with an emphasis in exercise science from Virginia Tech (Blacksburg, Va). Col. Younger is retired from the US Army Nurse Corps with nearly 30 years of active and reserve assignments.



Jennie Holland

Health Sciences Program Manager, Nursing