Dr. Carolyn Townsend

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Associate Professor

Office/Department: Nursing, Department of

Location: Bensen Hall 109 D

Phone: (218) 755-2527

Box #: 15

Email: carolyn.townsend@bemidjistate.edu


One of the most satisfying experiences in my nursing education career was to have one of my former students orient me to a new clinical setting. The symbolism of passing the baton to the future generation was extremely moving. It is my desire to make a difference in the students I teach, the profession I have chosen and to the society in which I live. I am passionate about the career I have chosen and enjoy introducing students to the nursing profession.

I am a poster child for nurses using educational laddering. I graduated from an Associate Degree program at North Dakota State University followed by a completion program at Moorhead State University for a RN to BS degree. I worked in a variety of settings, primarily medical surgical and geriatric positions, before teaching at Minnesota State Community and Technical College in the LPN program. While employed there, I returned to school to obtain a Master’s Degree in Nursing Education. I taught in the Baccalaureate program at Minnesota State University-Moorhead while concurrently enrolled in a Doctor of Nursing Practice program, graduating in 2011.

I joined the Bemidji State University faculty in 2010, teaching in the Baccalaureate and RN-BS programs. I remain interested in Geriatrics, Community Health, Health Promotion, and Disease Prevention. A long term goal of mine is to experience international nursing education.