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Department of Nursing

Faculty & Staff

Deborah Townsend, APRN, CNS, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Nursing
Office: Memorial Hall 320
Phone: 858-3699

Courses Taught:
NURS 354 - Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing
NURS 253 - Nursing Perspectives

Hello, my name is Deb Townsend and I have been involved in Nursing for the past 30 years. I came to work at Minot State University in 2002. Previously I have worked as an APRN, CNS at Trinity and UniMed in Minot since 1998 and as a psychiatric nurse in the hospital since 1981. My specialty area is Psychiatric and Mental health nursing. I recently completed my PhD (2010) in nursing and did my research on quality of life as perceived by individuals with a serious mental illness living in rural environments.

Poster Presentations:


  • "QOL as Perceived by Rural dwellers with a SMI", MNRS 35th Annual Conference, Columbus, Ohio. March 24-27, 2011.


  • "Quality of Life as Perceived by Rural Dwellers with a Serious Mental Illness" presented at the 2010 International Society of Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurses (ISPN) conference in St. Louis, Missouri April 14-17, 2010. Best student poster award.

Local Presentations:

  • Minot State University, 35 years of MSU Nursing Graduates and 10th Anniversary of Omicron Tau Chapter of the Nursing Honor Society. Holiday Inn Riverside, 2200 Burdick Expy, Minot, North Dakota. "Alcohol and Youth Today", September 26, 2008, 11:30-12:00 pm.
  • Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health, March 20-22, 2007. Seven Seas Hotel & Conference Center, Mandan, ND. "Attitudes and Behaviors of Hispanic Migrant Farm Workers Toward Self-Management of Their Diabetes". Tuesday, March 20th, 2007, 3:45-4:45pm.