Augustana nursing professors have all worked in hospitals and other health care settings and continue to stay current within the profession.
Margot Nelson, PhD, RN
Professor Emerita and Interim Chair, Nursing Department
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Dr. Margot Nelson has returned to Augustana as Chair of the Department of Nursing, a position which she held for ten years prior to her retirement. Her previous teaching responsibilities at Augie have included Health Assessment, Adult Health Nursing, and Nursing Research at the undergraduate level as well as teaching and program direction in the Community Health and Clinical Nurse Leader Master's programs. Her research has encompassed psychoneuroimmune patterns in HIV-infected individuals, knowledge and attitudes toward end-of-life care, and informal care provided by nurses to friends and family members. Margot is an alum of Augustana's baccalaureate nursing program and completed a Master's Degree in Nursing from Texas Woman's University and a Master's Degree in Physiology from the School of Medicine at the University of South Dakota. Her PhD is from the University of Minnesota.
Karla Abbott, DNP, RN
Associate Professor, Nursing
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Karla Abbott teaches "Behavioral Health Nursing", "Nursing Leadership" and "Interdisciplinary Palliative Care" at the senior level. 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.
Ranae Aukerman, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC
Assistant Professor, Nursing Department
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Ranae earned her bachelor's degree in Nursing from Augustana and became a Neonatal Nurse Practitioner through South Dakota State University. She has a neonatal practice at Sanford Medical Center in Sioux Falls. Ranae recently received the degree of Doctor of Nursing Practice at the University of Minnesota with a focus on Integrative Health and Healing. Ranae teaches at the Junior and Senior levels and is involved with Augustana's chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.
Pam Barthle, MSN, RN, APRN-CNP
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Pam is a board-certified Adult and Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and continues to practice at Sanford Medical Center in Cardiology. She brings with her a diverse nursing background with experience in psychiatric nursing, emergency nursing, pediatric/neonatal nursing, and transport nursing. Pam received her Master's Degree in Nursing from St. Louis University School of Nursing and is currently pursuing her PhD in Nursing at the University of Missouri - Kansas City. She teaches Junior level courses in "Health Assessment and Nutrition" and "Child Health Nursing".
Michelle Gierach, EdD, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor, Nursing
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Michelle has an Ed.D in Educational Administration from the University of South Dakota and served several years as a captain in the U.S. Air Force. She has developed a long-standing relationship with the Union Gospel Mission (UGM). She comes to us from USD where she has been a lecturer since 2003.
Beth Karel, MSN, RN, CHSE
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Beth Karel is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator and the Director of Simulation Learning at Augustana. She is responsible for collaborating with faculty to integrate simulation, technology and active learning strategies throughout the Nursing curriculum. Beth is passionate about creating unique learning opportunities to engage students while enhancing their knowledge and skills. She also manages the Nursing skills laboratory and Senior Teaching Assistants. Beth received both her bachelor's and master's degrees in nursing education from South Dakota State University. Beth maintains current nursing practice in the Avera McKennan Electronic Intensive Care Unit.
Megan Kuipers, RN, CPN
Part-Time Faculty, Nursing
Megan earned her Bachelor of Arts in Nursing from Augustana University in 2015 and is currently pursuing her Master's in Nursing Education through South Dakota State University. Megan is board certified in pediatrics through the Pediatric Nursing Certification Board (PNCB), and is currently practicing at Sanford Children's Hospital with a specialization in pediatric hematology and oncology. She works for the Augustana Nursing Department as a simulation and skills lab assistant.
Allison Mueller, MS RN, PCCN
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Allison earned her Bachelor's of Science in Nursing and Master's in Nursing Education from South Dakota State University (SDSU). She has been a practicing cardiopulmonary nurse for 10 years and has served many roles over the years including new nursing mentor, resource nurse, and clinical nurse educator. She holds a Progressive Care certification and maintains practice at Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center. Allison currently teaches "Nursing Therapeutics", "Adult Health Nursing I" and "Pathophysiology" at the Junior level and she co-teaches "Leadership in Professional Nursing" at the Senior level.
Mary Nelson, MSN, RN, CNE
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Mary Nelson is a faculty associate for the nursing department. During her time at Augustana, she has taught in a variety of courses such as Introduction to Nursing at the Sophomore level, Adult Health 1 at the Junior level and NCLEX Review at the Senior level. She has served as skills lab coordinator, led clinical for junior level courses, and facilitated ATI testing and remediation. She has been active in the Culture of Caring committee at Sanford Health. While on this education-practice committee, she has worked on the development and implementation of an innovative teaching learning model and curriculum which focuses on enhancing the practice readiness of nursing students. In addition to her role at Augustana, Mary is a clinical nurse educator for Sanford Health where she co-leads the summer nursing internships. Mary obtained her bachelor's degree from South Dakota State University and master's in nursing education and leadership from Regis University.
Jody Serfling, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor, Nursing
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Jody received a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing and Master's in Nursing Education from South Dakota State University (SDSU). Her background is in adult medical-surgical nursing. Jody teaches Adult Health I in the junior level and Adult Healh II, Nursing Leadership, and Internship in the senior level. She maintains clinical practice at Avera McKennan Hospital on the cardiopulmonary unit.
Patricia Waltman, MA, RN, CNL
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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, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC
Assistant Professor, Nursing
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Lynn White is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and during her time at Augustana she has taught in a variety of courses as well as being active in the development of the simulation laboratory. She currently teaches "Perspectives in Professional Nursing" at the senior level and "Pharmacology" at the sophomore level. Lynn is certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and maintains practice at Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center. Lynn has clinical experience in oncology, stem cell transplant and critical care. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from South Dakota State University and her Master's of Nursing in Adult Health and Illness from University of Nebraska Medical Center. Lynn received her PhD from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a research emphasis on symptom distress in adult stem cell transplant patients.
Health Sciences Program Manager, Nursing
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