Kelly Buettner-Schmidt, PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Professor
SGC D119

Professional Memberships 

American Academy of Nursing
American Nurses Association
American Public Health Association
North Dakota Center for Nursing
North Dakota Nurses Association
North Dakota Public Health Association
Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society
Tobacco-Free North Dakota
Western Institute of Nursing (WIN)


North Dakota State University

  • Graduate faculty: Full member
  • Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB)
  • University Curriculum: Alternate

School of Nursing

  • Graduate Council 
  • Promotion, Tenure, and Evaluation: Chair

Research Interests

Health Policy 
Public Health
Public Health Nursing
Health Promotion
Disease Prevention
Tobacco Cessation, Prevention, and Control


Nurs 450: Nursing Synthesis/Practicum: India Experience
Nurs 406: Community and Public Health Nursing
Nurs 802: Ethics and Health Policy in Nursing 
Nurs 804: Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice
Nurs 726: Evaluation and Assessment in Nursing Education
Nurs 725: Strategies for Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education
Nurs 899S-1: Clinical Dissertation I

Recent Grants

2019: Vape Stores and ENDS Refills
2018: E-liquid and Nicotine: Public Health Implications
2016-2017: Chiropractor Practices: Systems Change for Effective Tobacco Cessation
2016: Tobacco Systems Change for Effective Cessation
2015-2016: Health Systems Change for Effective Cessation Services: A Planning Grant
2014 -2015: ND Tobacco Smoke Pollution and Compliance Study


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Nursing Health Policy Fellow (date-date), University of New Mexico. 

Selected Publications

Buettner-Schmidt, K., Miller, D.R., & Maack B. (In press, 2019). Disparities in rural tobacco use, smoke-free policies, and tobacco taxes. Western Journal of Nursing Research. (Invited manuscript). 

Buettner-Schmidt, K., Maack, B., Larson, M., Orr, M., Miller, D.R., & Mills, K. (2018). Systems change to improve tobacco use identification and referral in the chiropractic setting: A pilot study. Chiropractic & Manual Therapies, 26(45), 1-11. 

Buettner-Schmidt, K., Boursaw, B., & Lobo, M.L. (2018). Place and policy: Secondhand smoke in restaurants and bars. Nursing Research, Advance online publication, doi: 10.1097/NNR.0000000000000286 [Database].  

Buettner-Schmidt, K., Boursaw, B., Lobo, M. L. & Travers, M. J. (2017). Tobacco smoke pollution in hospitality venues before and after passage of statewide smoke-free legislation. Public Health Nursing, 34(2), 166–175. doi:10.1111/phn.12301 [Database]. 

Buettner-Schmidt, K. & Miller, D. (2017). An observational study of compliance with North Dakota’s smoke-free law among retail stores that sell electronic smoking devices. Tobacco Control, 26, 452-454. [Database]. 

Buettner-Schmidt, K., Miller, D., & Balasubramanian, N. (2016). Electronic cigarette refill liquids: Child-resistant packaging, nicotine content, and sales to minors. Journal of Pediatric Nursing, 31(4), 373-379. doi: 10.1016/j.pedn.2016.03.019 [Database]. 

Buettner-Schmidt, K. & Malone, R. E. (2016). Taking Action: The Nightingales Take on Big Tobacco. In D. J. Mason, Gardner, D.B., Hopkins Outlaw, F., & O’Grady, E.T. Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care, (7th ed.). St Louis, MO: Saunders. ISBN: 978-0-323-24144-1

Buettner-Schmidt, K., Lobo, M.L., Travers, M.J., & Boursaw, B. (2015). Tobacco smoke pollution exposure and impact of smoking legislation on rural and non-rural hospitality venues in North Dakota. Research in Nursing and Health, 38, 268-277. doi:10.1002/nur.21662 [Database]. 

Buettner-Schmidt, K. & Lobo, M.L. (2012).  Social justice: A concept analysis. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 68(4), 948–958.  doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2648.2011.05856.x 

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