Class notes

(March 2019) Notes from the School of Nursing.

March 21, 2019

Amber Herdzina Halverson, DNP ’18, accepted a position as a nurse practitioner at Consultative Health and Medicine, which serves assisted living facilities throughout the Twin Cities.

Amy Hoelscher, DNP ’17, BSN ’08, was named an innovation fellow at the University of Minnesota Earl E. Bakken Medical Devices Center and is the first nurse to be selected for the fellows program. She has worked as a registered nurse in the neonatal intensive care unit at Children’s Minnesota for more than 10 years.

Sheryl Ramstad, DNP ‘17, MN ‘13, spoke at a Board of Regents meeting in February about professional graduate education and the role her advanced degree played in her career trajectory.

Kathryn Dopkins, DNP ’16, accepted a position as a hospice nurse at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin.

Sarah Guzinski Cascino, DNP ’14, received the 2018 Northwestern Memorial Hospital Pinnacle Nurse Leader Award. She was one of two nurses recognized at Northwestern Memorial in Chicago.

Anne LaFlamme, DNP ’13, received Innovation and Technology Award from the Women’s Health Leadership Trust.

Roxanna Gapstur, PhD ’10, MS ’97, was appointed president and CEO of WellSpan Health in Pennsylvania, which is the central Pennsylvania health system. Gapstur had been serving as president of Methodist Hospital and senior vice president of HealthPartners in Minnesota. She is the first female to be named president and CEO of WellSpan Health.

Jodi Wieczorek, MS ’09, accepted the position as director of the Cancer Care & Infusion Center for Northfield Hospital and Clinics in Minnesota.

Diane Thorson, MS ’01, was awarded the 2018 Barbara O’Grady Excellence in Public Health Nursing Leadership Award by the Local Public Health Association of Minnesota.

Ann Lumbar Bendson, MS ’00, was named School Nurse of the Year by the School Nurse Organization of Minnesota. A longtime Minneapolis Public Schools nurse, she currently serves at Kenny Community School.

Caroline Rosdahl, BSN ’60, wasn’t allowed to be in the U of M Marching Band back in the 1950s because women weren’t allowed to march. Twenty years later, when she returned to the University for her master’s degree, she marched in that band. Ten years after she marched, her son would join. Thirty years after that, her granddaughters are marching in the band. Her family’s story was highlighted at half time during the 2018 homecoming football game.

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