Augustana nursing professors have all worked in hospitals and other healthcare settings and continue to stay current within the profession.

Dr. Pamela Schroeder

Pamela Schroeder, EdD, RN
Associate Professor & Chair, Nursing Department
Froiland Science Complex #292
Phone: 605.274.4690

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

Karla Abbott, DNP, RN
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Froiland Science Complex #287
Phone: 605.274.5063

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.


Connie EvensonConnie Evenson, MSN, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Froiland Science Complex #284
Phone: 605.274.4725

An experienced nurse educator and clnician, Connie has a MSN from the University of Missouri, Kansas City (UMKC) and is a certified nurse educator (CNE).  Her clinical work experience includes critical care, pulmonary and pediatrics.  She is teaching the Health Assessment course, Pharmacotherapeutics and co-teaching Adult Health I and II.  Connie was a Nursing faculty member at the University of South Dakota where she worked for 19 years and received USD Nursing's Excellence in Teaching Award.


Michelle GierachMichelle Gierach, MSN, EdD, RN
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Froiland Science Complex #286
Phone: 605.274.5201

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.


Jean Herrmann

Jean Herrmann, MSN, Ed 
Instructor, Nursing
Froiland Science Complex #289
Phone: 605.274.4791

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

Beth Karel, MSN, RN, CHSE
Instructor, Nursing
Froiland Science Complex #283
Phone: 605.274.4715

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

Mary Nelson, MSN, RN
Instructor, Nursing
Froiland Science Complex #285
Phone: 605.274.4736

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
Assistant Professor
Froiland Science Complex #280


Jody has a Master of Science in nursing from South Dakota State University. She recently worked as an instructor in adult medical-surgical nursing at University of South Dakota. She was also a staff nurse in the cardiopulmonary unit at Avera McKennan Hospital.


Patricia Waltman

Patricia Waltman, MA, CNL, RN
Instructor, Nursing
Froiland Science Complex #291
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
Froiland Science Complex #282
Phone: 605.274.5336

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.


Dr. Karen Younger

Karen Younger, PhD, RN
Emeriti and former Chair, Natural Science Division
During her time at Augustana, she  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 held numerous leadership positions.


Jennie Holland

Health Sciences Program Manager, Nursing
Froiland Science Complex #293