Kelly Buettner-Schmidt, PhD, RN, FAAN

Associate Professor
RWJF Nursing and Health Policy Fellow, 2009-2013

Aldevron Tower 148D


Doctor of Philosophy, Nursing and Health Policy, 2013
University of New Mexico 

Master of Science, Nursing, 1996
University of North Dakota 

Bachelor of Science in Nursing, 1983
University of North Dakota


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Nursing Health Policy Fellow (2008-2013), University of New Mexico.


Professor (Effective August 2020), NDSU School of Nursing, College of Health Professions


NDSU Graduate faculty, Full member
Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research (IRB)
University Curriculum, Alternate
School of Nursing, Graduate Council 
School of Nursing, Promotion, Tenure, and Evaluation: Chair

Areas of Expertise

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

Professional Memberships/Associations 

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)
Reviewer for multiple journals: Advances in Nursing Science; Nursing Outlook; Policy, Politics, and Nursing Practice; Preventing Chronic Disease; Public Health Nursing

Recent Grants

2019-2020: Collaborative Tobacco Prevention and Control Activities and Study
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

Awards and Honors  

Research Awards

  • Legendary Nurse Award in Research, North Dakota Center for Nursing, 2018
  • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Research, College of Health Professions, North Dakota State University, 2018
  • Edith Anderson Nursing Leadership Education Grant, Sigma Theta Tau International Foundation, 25th International Nursing Research Congress, Hong Kong, 2014
  • Estelle H. Rosenblum Outstanding Dissertation, College of Nursing, University of New Mexico, 2013

Other Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2016
  • Vision 2013 Merit Award Recipient, Minot State University, 2011 
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, University of New Mexico, Nursing and Health Policy Collaborative Fellow, 2008 – 2013
  • Lillian Wald Service Award, American Public Health Association, Public Health Nursing Section, 2005
  • Volunteer of the Year, American Cancer Society (North Dakota), 2002
  • Friend of Medicine Award, North Dakota Medical Association, 2002
  • A Breathe of Fresh Care Award, North Dakota Society for Respiratory Care, 2002
  • Champion of the Heart Award, American Heart Association, North Dakota Affiliate, 2002
  • Institute for State Leaders, American Cancer Society, Park City, Utah, 2001

NDSU Courses

Nurs 450: Nursing Synthesis/Practicum: India Experience
Nurs 406: Community and Public Health Nursing
Nurs 715: Advanced Community Assessment
Nurs 726: Evaluation and Assessment in Nursing Education
Nurs 725: Strategies for Teaching and Learning in Nursing Education
Nurs 802: Ethics and Health Policy in Nursing 
Nurs 804: Nursing Research and Evidence-based Practice
Nurs 899S-1: Clinical Dissertation I 

Selected Publications

Buettner-Schmidt, K., Muhlbradt, M., & Brierly, L. (2021). Why not Minot: The battle over North Dakota’s first smoke-free ordinance. In D. J. Mason, Dickson, E., McLemore, M.R., Perez, A. Policy and Politics in Nursing and Health Care (8th ed., pp. 555-561). Saunders. (Invited). 

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, 41(8), 1184-1202. (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. [Database].   

Buettner-Schmidt, K., Boursaw, B., & Lobo, M. L. (2018). Place and policy: Secondhand smoke in restaurants and bars. Nursing Research, 67(4), 324-330. [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. [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.  [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.). Saunders.  

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. [Database].  

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

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