Faculty

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


Lynn White

Lynn White, PhD, RN, ACNS-BC
Assistant Professor and Department Chair, Nursing 
Froiland Science Complex #289
Phone: 605.274.5336
lynn.white@augie.edu

Lynn White is an Assistant Professor of Nursing and Chair of the Nursing Department. She has taught sophomore, junior and senior level courses.  She is certified as a Clinical Nurse Specialist and maintains clinical practice at Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center.  Lynn 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.

 

Karla AbbottKarla Abbott, DNP, RN
Associate Professor, Nursing
Froiland Science Complex #287
Phone: 605.274.5063
karla.abbott@augie.edu

Karla Abbott earned a doctorate of nursing practice degree in transcultural nursing from Augsburg College. She has a master's degree in nursing from Augustana College. She teaches "Behavioral Health Nursing" and "Leadership in Professional Nursing" in the Senior level and she is faculty advisor to the Augustana Nursing Student Association (ANSA). Karla leads students in study abroad in Norway for the nursing leadership course and she also facilitates student cultural immersion experiences in Eagle Butte with the Indian Health Service Hospital. An enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, Karla's research interests revolve around improved health and wellness of Native Americans.

 

Ranae AukermanRanae Aukerman, DNP, APRN, NNP-BC
Assistant Professor, Nursing 
Froiland Science Complex #280
Phone: 605.274.4725
ranae.aukerman@augie.edu

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 "Epidemiology" at the Junior and "Perspectives in Professional Nursing" at the Senior level. She is also a faculty advisor with Augustana's chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.

 

Pamela BarthlePam Barthle, MSN, RN, APRN-CNP
Instructor, Nursing
Froiland Science Complex #288
Phone: 605.274.4730
pamela.barthle@augie.edu

Pam is a board-certified Adult and Geriatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner and continues to practice at Sanford Medical Center in Cardiology. 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 GierachMichelle Gierach, EdD, RN, CNE
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Froiland Science Complex #286
Phone: 605.274.5201
michelle.gierach@augie.edu

Michelle has Doctorate 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 coordinates both the "Perspectives in Professional Nursing" and "Maternal and Reproductive Health Nursing" courses at the Senior level. Michelle is the faculty advisor for Augustana's chapter of Sigma Theta Tau.

 

Beth Karel

Beth Karel, MSN, RN, CHSE
Instructor, Nursing
Froiland Science Complex #283
Phone: 605.274.4715
beth.karel@augie.edu

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 KuipersMegan Kuipers, RN, CPN
Part-Time Faculty, Nursing 
megan.kuipers@augie.edu

 

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.

 

Sister Vicky LarsonSister Vicky Larson, PhD, RN, CNE
Associate Professor, Nursing 
vicky.larson@augie.edu

Sister Vicky Larson joined the Augustana Nursing faculty in 2019 with a B.S. in Nursing and a M.S. in Nursing Education from South Dakota State University. She went on to receive her Ph.D. in Nursing from Barry University in Miami Shores, FL. Sister Vicky served as a staff RN at rural and regional hospitals in South Dakota. She enjoys teaching adult health nursing at the junior and senior level and she also teaches courses in the Norway exchange program. Sister Vicky is a Certified Nurse Educator and her research interests are holistic nursing, spirituality in nursing, and best practices in nursing education.

 

Allison Mueller

Allison Mueller, MS RN, PCCN
Instructor, Nursing
Froiland Science Complex #282
Phone: 605.274.4791
allison.mueller@augie.edu

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 NelsonMary Nelson, MSN, RN, CNE
Instructor, Nursing
Froiland Science Complex #285
Phone: 605.274.4731
mary.nelson@augie.edu
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.

 

Jodi SerflingJody Serfling, MSN, RN
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Froiland Science Complex #284
Phone: 605.274.5462
jody.serlfing@augie.edu

Jody received a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing and Master's in Nursing Education from South Dakota State University. Jody teaches in the Junior level in "Adult Health Nursing I" and in the Senior level in "Adult Health Nursing II" and "Leadership in Professional Nursing", along with supervising internships. She continues to practice nursing at Avera McKennan Hospital on the cardiopulmonary unit.

 

Patricia Waltman

Patricia Waltman, MA, RN, CNL
Assistant Professor, Nursing
Froiland Science Complex #291
Phone: 605.274.5221
patricia.waltman@augie.edu

Patricia Waltman has a master's degree from Augustana College and is a certified Clinical Nurse Leader. She is enrolled in the Doctor of Nursing Practice in Health Systems Leadership program through Capella University. Patricia teaches "Community Health Nursing" and  "Leadership in Professional Nursing" at the senior level, along with supervising internships. She leads students for Study Abroad in Ecuador for the "Leadership in Professional Nursing" course. She is certified as a Clinical Nurse Leader.

 

Staff

Jennie HollandJennie Holland
Health Sciences Program Manager, Nursing
Froiland Science Complex #293
605.274.4721
jennie.holland@augie.edu