Pamela Schroeder, EdD, RN
Associate Professor & Chair, Nursing Department
Dr. Pamela Schroeder teaches "Pathophysiology" at the junior level and "Nursing Leadership" and "Interdisciplinary Palliative Care" at the senior level. As the nursing international student coordinator/advisor, she is a member of the Global Education Committee and works collaboratively with nursing students, faculty, and administrators at eight colleges/universities in Norway. She teaches an introductory course and coordinates the cultural immersion for the international students from Norway who study at Augustana. As a National Facilitator for Quality Safety Education in Nursing (QSEN), a primary goal is to integrate QSEN competencies in nursing education and clinical practice settings. Dr. Schroeder works collaboratively with numerous clinical academic partners including Sanford Health's Culture of Caring and Partners in Nursing (PIN) programs. In addition, she also serves as a Clinical Nurse Educator. She received her doctorate at the University of South Dakota in higher education administration. Her doctoral research focused upon "The Influence of Cultural Immersion on Transcultural Self-Efficacy for Nursing Students at Private Faith-Based Baccalaureate Nursing Programs".
Karla Abbott, DNP, RN
Assistant Professor, Nursing
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.
Jean Herrmann, MSN, Ed
Jean Herrmann is a faculty associate for the nursing department. She teaches "Nursing Therapeutics" and "Child Health Nursing" at the junior level and "Nursing Leadership" at the senior level. She also teaches "Medical Terminology" in the summer. She assists with coordination of skills and simulation labs for the junior level along with advising senior internships. 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 in Sioux Falls. As one of the faculty advisors for the Augustana Zeta Zeta Nursing Honor Society, she has the privilege of working with recent graduates as they develop their leadership skills. She continues to work in practice in a neurosurgery spine clinic and as a visiting nurse. Professor Herrmann obtained her Bachelor's Degree from Augustana College and master's in nursing with a focus in education and leadership from Regis University in Denver, Colorado.
Beth Karel, MSN, RN, CHSE
Beth Karel is a Certified Healthcare Simulation Educator and coordinator of the nursing simulation lab. She leads clinical for Adult Health Nursing I and II, along with teaching in multiple course skills labs for both junior and senior level students. Beth also supervises student internship experiences at the senior level during January interim and spring semesters. Her research interests include dimensional analysis for medication dosage calculation, nursing simulation, informatics, and palliative care. She maintains practice in the Avera McKennan Intensive Care Unit. Beth received both her Bachelor's and Master's Degrees in nursing education from South Dakota State University.
Mary Nelson, MSN, RN
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.
Patricia Waltman, MA, CNL, RN
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, MSN, CNS, RN
Assistant Professor, Nursing
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 "Adult Health II" at the senor 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. She is currently pursuing a PhD in Nurisng from the University of Nebraska Medical Center with a research emphasis on symptom distress in adult stem cell transplant patients.
Karen Younger, PhD, RN
Chair, Natural Science Division and Professor of Nursing
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.