Program Director

Dean Gross, PhD, RN, FNP-BC 

Assistant Professor of Practice
Aldevron Tower 148K

Research Interests: Health literacy, clinical practice guidelines, problem-based learning, health promotion, and community health

Graduate Faculty Members

Mykell Barnacle, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor of Practice
Aldevron Tower 148F

Research Interests: Internal Medicine, Diabetes Mellitus, Health Promotion/Disease Prevention

Kerri Benning, MSN, RN, FNP-C
Assistant Professor of Practice
Bismarck, Library 3

Research Interests: Pediatrics, Rural Health, Preventative Screening


Kelly Buettner-Schmidt, PhD, RN, FAAN 

Associate Professor
Aldevron Tower 148D

Research Interests: Health policy, public health, public health nursing, health promotion, disease prevention, tobacco cessation, prevention, and control

Kara Falk, DNP, FNP-C, RN

Assistant Professor of Practice
Aldevron Tower 148C

Research Interests: Quality improvements and women's health

Donna Grandbois, PhD, RN

Associate Professor
Aldevron Tower 640M

Research Interests: Resilience and empowerment at the individual and community level, gerontology and Native Americans/elders, vulnerable populations, health disparities related to trauma, aging and mental health issues, equitable distribution of comprehensive healthcare, educational, and economic resources.

Loretta Heuer, PhD, RN, FAAN

Aldevron Tower 148B

Research Interests: Health disparities, rural health issues, diverse populations, community/public health, nursing education, interprofessional education, nursing leadership, nursing workforce

Adam Hohman, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor of Practice
Aldevron Tower 148J
Phone: 701.231.8016 

Research Interests: Disaster Preparedness, Critical Care Transport/Austere Environments

Tina Lundeen, DNP, RN, FNP-BC

Assistant Professor of Practice
Aldevron Tower 148H

Research Interests: Women’s health, obesity, eating disorders, breast feeding, mentoring, evidence-based practice, peer review, and role development

Allison Peltier, DNP, RN, FNP-C
Assistant Professor of Practice
Bismarck Site, Library 4

Research Interests: Healthcare Disparities, Women’s Health, Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Heidi Saarinen, DNP, RN, FNP-C 
Assistant Professor of Practice
Aldevron Tower 148G

Research Interests: Health promotion/disease prevention; obesity/diet/ exercise; sleep medicine; mental health; breastfeeding; and patient/ provider education/teaching.

Molly Secor-Turner, PhD, RN

Associate Professor
Aldevron Tower 640H

Research Interests: Using both qualitative and quantitative approaches to her research, Dr. Secor-Turner explores ways to improve adolescent health through reducing risk and building protection in the lives of youth. In particular, her work focuses on how social context shapes adolescent sexual health, access to youth-friendly health services, and global health. 



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