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Department of Nursing

Faculty & Staff

Kelly Buettner-Schmidt, PhD, RN
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Executive Director, Healthy Communities International
Office: Memorial Hall
Phone: 858-3256

News on PhD Completion

Courses Taught:
HMS 260 Introduction to Public Health Nurs 456 Public Health Nursing

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."
        Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Greetings, I began teaching full time at Minot State University August 2001. Previously, I was a public health nurse for 17 years at First District Health Unit in Minot, ND. During that time, I was pleased and eager to be able to work in a wide variety of public health roles, with 10 years in the tobacco prevention and control field. My time as a staff public health nurse will always be a treasure to me.

I have three wonderful daughters, Megan, Marlee Jo, and Josie. My girls, my husband and I enjoy spending family time outdoors - especially in the warmer months! I enjoy inspirational quotes; here are a few for you to ponder.

"Over broken asphalt, over dirty mattresses and heaps of refuse we went... There were two rooms and a family of seven not only lived here but shared their quarters with boarders...[I felt] ashamed of being part of a society that permitted such conditions to exist... What I had seen had shown me where my path lay." Lillan Wald, 1867 - 1940, coined the term and was the first "public health nurse." More information on Ms. Wald can be found on

"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has."
        Margaret Mead