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Dr. Jeanine E Gangeness

Founding Dean: School of Nursing

Nursing, School of

Office: S 325

Phone: (218) 755-3870


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My personal mission as a nursing faculty is to provide the best educational opportunities for each student, encouraging them to demonstrate what I consider to be the ideal combination of skills as a nurse "extreme brilliance and compassion". This mission is connected to my belief that everyone has the ability to achieve their dreams and when given the resources all students can reach their highest potential.

My mission is best reflected by JFK "Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation."

Professional Biography

As Founding Dean of the School of Nursing, a joint venture of Bemidji State University and Northwest Technical College, Dr. Gangeness is responsible for all of the nursing programs. Her research, Built Environment and Rural Women: A Case Study Approach included two rural communities and has been a conduit of further exploration of Rural Culture for both her research, the program, and curriculum. She has published in the areas of tobacco policy, case study design, and online nursing education.

Dr. Gangeness earned a baccalaureate degree in nursing (University of North Dakota), a master's degree in nursing (University of North Dakota), and her PhD in nursing (University of North Dakota). Dr. Gangeness taught for one year for Northwest Technical College, Bemidji in the Practical Nursing Program. Prior to teaching, she was a Public Health Nurse for over 10 years with Cass County (MN) Public Health Division. Dr. Gangeness was a Maternal Child Health Public Health Nurse, Prevention Programming (Pregnancy, Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs) as well as training the Home Health Aide Staff. Prior to working with Public Health, she worked full-time as a float staff nurse from 1990-1992 at Riverside Medical Center in Minneapolis (a 1200 bed acute care and long-term care facility). 

Her nursing experience includes pediatrics, orthopedics, telemetry, oncology, spinal care, medical-surgical and IV Float Staff. Dr. Gangeness brings 11 years of public health nursing experience, 2 years of acute care experience, and school nursing experience to this position. Her interests include community health policy, rural health, population prevention initiatives and nursing education.