Graduate Nursing Faculty & Staff

The Graduate Nursing faculty are committed to the values of:

  • Effective and inspirational leadership
  • Clinical relevance and excellence
  • Critical and innovative thinking
  • Academic rigor
  • Integrity
  • Engaged learning
  • Student success
  • Inclusive excellence
  • Stewardship of resources
  • Authentic and professional relationships

We have identified goals (PDF) that drive improvement and help us demonstrate these values.

Ashley Busch
Assistant Professor (APRN, CNP, DNP)

Rochester on Broadway 210


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Jillian DeAngelis
Assistant Professor (DNP, APRN, CNP)

Rochester on Broadway 224


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Diane M. Forsyth
Professor, Nurse Educator Program Coordinator (PhD, RN)

Rochester on Broadway 212


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Patti Gangl
Office & Administrative Assistant

Rochester on Broadway 228


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Amy E. Harter
Assistant Professor (RN, MSN, GNP-BC, PMHNP-BC)

Rochester on Broadway 204


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Carole E. Jenson

Rochester on Broadway 211


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Imtithal Kisirwan
Assistant Professor (DNP, AGACNP-BC, FNP-C, CNEn)

Rochester on Broadway 224


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Julie Langer
Clinical Placement Coordinator (RN, BS)

Rochester on Broadway 206


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Kimberly Langer
Associate Professor, Adult-Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Program Coordinator (DNP, APRN, CNP, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC)

Rochester on Broadway 223


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Ann Loth
Associate Professor (DNP, APRN, CNS, ACNS-BC, APHN-BC, HWNC-BC)

Rochester on Broadway 218


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Sonja J. Meiers

Rochester on Broadway 202


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Sandra Paddock

Rochester on Broadway 222


Sandy is a:

  • Mayo Clinic Certified Wellness Coach
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner – Board Certified

View Sandra Paddock’s vitae (PDF).

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Julie A. Ponto
Professor, Adult-Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist Program Coordinator (PhD, APRN, CNS, AGCNS-BC, AOCNS)

Rochester on Broadway 208


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Jenny Prochnow
Associate Professor , Practice & Leadership Innovations/Nursing & Organizational Leadership Program Coordinator (DNP, MBA, RN, NEA-BC)

Rochester on Broadway 214


Jen served as the President for Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing from Jan 2022 – Dec 2023.

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Jill Rasmussen
Office & Administrative Assistant

Rochester on Broadway 227


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Amy Reitmaier
Professor, PhD, RN, PHN, CWOCN, CFCN

Rochester on Broadway 213


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Lori Rhudy
Department Chair, Associate Professor (PhD, APRN, ACNS-BC, CNRN)

Rochester on Broadway 209


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April Rowe-Neal
Simulation Educator, Assistant Professor (PhD, RN)

Stark 134


April Rowe-Neal is a National League for Nursing Certified Nurse Educator.

Andi Seppelt
Assistant Professor (DNP, APRN-CNP)

Rochester on Broadway 204


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Amy Smith
Assistant Professor (PhD, RN, CNE)

Rochester on Broadway 220


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Marilynn Helene Spencer
Assistant Professor, Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Program Coordinator, (DNP, FNP-C, PMHNP-BC)

Rochester on Broadway 226


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David Steele
Assistant Professor (DNP, APRN, CNP, FNP-BC, AGACN-BC, ENP-BC)

Rochester on Broadway 202


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Jen Timm
Associate Professor (DNP, RN, PHN)

Rochester on Broadway 225


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Mieca S. Valen
Professor, Family Nurse Practitioner Program Coordinator (DNP, APRN, CNP, FNP-BC)

Rochester on Broadway 210


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Alexandro Vasquez
Assistant Professor (DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, ENP-C, FNP-C)

Rochester on Broadway 226


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Faculty Publications & Presentations

We’re proud that our department faculty are widely recognized as leaders of high-level course instruction. Many faculty members are also involved in research and are distinguished authors of published materials.

Mangaonkar, A. A., Langer, K. J., Lasho, T. L., Finke, C., Litzow, M. R., Hogan, W. J., Shah, M. V., Go, R. S., Bartoo, G., Kutzke, J., McCullough, K. B., Koster, M., Samec, M., Warrington, K. J., Reichard, K. K., Olteanu, H., Riwes, M., Patnaik, M. M., & Alkhateeb, H. B. (2023). Reduced intensity conditioning allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in VEXAS syndrome: Data from a prospective series of patients. American journal of hematology, 98(2), E28–E31.

Paddock, S., Hayden, A. & Ruud, M. (in press). Preparing Nurse Practitioner Graduates for the Transition to Practice. Journal of Nursing Education

Rhudy, L.M., Johnson, M.R., Krecke, C.A., Keigley, D.S., Kraft, S.J., Maxson, P.M., McGill, S.M., & Warfield, K.T. (in press). Standardized change of shift handoff: Stakeholder perspectives and implications for evidence-based practice. American Journal of Critical Care, 31(3), 181-188.

Ashley Busch and Kristi Wintheiser: abstract A day in the clinic: Intraprofessional simulation experience for BSN and FNP students ­­­poster presentation at the Healthcare Simulation Conference: Elements, Essentials & Excellence in Healthcare Simulation, at Hilton Mayo Clinic Area, Rochester, Minnesota (March 9-10, 2023)

Ann M. Hayden, DNP, APRN, FNP-C, Maria Ruud, DNP, APRN, WHNP-BC; School of Nursing, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN & Sandra Paddock, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, PMHNP-BC, Winona State University poster presentation, “Transition from DNP student to practicing APRN” at the AACN Doctoral Pre-Conference January 18, 2023 in Coronado, CA.

Hines, E. A., Farr, E. M., Rhudy, L. M., Chesak, S. S., Kinzelman Vesely, E. A., & Esterov, D. (2023). Efficacy of resilience interventions for dyads of individuals with brain injury and their caregivers: A systematic review of prospective studies. NeuroRehabilitation, 52(1), 29–46.

Kim Langer podium presentation at American Society of Transplantation and Cellular Therapy: Surrogates of endothelial injury predict non-relapse mortality among patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic steam cell transplantation with post-transplant cyclophosphamide-based GVHD prophylaxis

Rhudy, L. M., Hines, E. A., Farr, E. M., Esterov, D., & Chesak, S. S. (2023). Feasibility and acceptability of the Resilient Living program among persons with stroke or brain tumor and their family caregivers. NeuroRehabilitation, 52(1), 123–135.

Amy Smith – U of M Research Day Poster Presentation

Amy Smith – Creative Achievement Day/Research Day at WSU

Foote, J. M., Grimsley, A. T., & Forsyth, D. M. (2022). Impact of a Pandemic as a Forced Disruption in Nursing Education. Journal for nurses in professional development, 10.1097/NND.0000000000000930. Advance online publication.

Forsyth, D.M. (2022). Developing Oneself as an Innovator (Chapter 17). In Nola A. Schmidt and Janet M. Brown (Eds.). Evidence-based Practice for Nurses: Appraisal and Application of Research (5th ed.). Burlington, ME: Jones and Bartlett

Heusinkvelt, SE, Nelson, DM, Langer KJ. Preparing Adult Gerontology Acute Care Nurse Practitioner Students for Role Transition through Hospital Immersion. Journal for Nurse Practitioners. 2022; 18(6):645-648. dio:10.1016/j.nurpra.2022.02.003

Nelson, D. M., Madsen, B. E., Kopecky, S. L., Jenson, C. E., Loth, A. R., Mullan, A. F., Clements, C. M., & Lin, G. (2022). Retrospective validation of acute heart failure risk stratification in the emergency department. Heart & lung : the journal of critical care, 57, 31–40. Advance online publication.

Paine, K., & Prochnow, J. A. (2022). Leadership strategies to support resilience. Nursing management, 53(4), 12–19.

Rhudy, L., Slazinski, T., & Littlejohns, L. (2022) Anatomy of the nervous system In AANN Core Curriculum for Neuroscience Nursing Seventh edition. American Association of  Neuroscience Nurses.

Rhudy, L. M, (2022). Data Is a Gift. Journal of Neuroscience Nursing 10.1097/JNN.0000000000000669 doi: 10.1097/JNN.0000000000000669

Meiers, S. J., Dyce, E., Wieland, M. L., Patten, C., Clark, M. M., Hanza, M., Bronars, C., Nigon, J. A., & Sia, I. G. (2021). Lay health worker as interventionist training: Reflective writing in US family health promotion practice. Health Promotion International, daaa143. Advance online publication.