More — About Me

Education:

  • Kaiser Foundation School of Nursing, Oakland, California, diploma 1964.
  • University of Dubuque, Dubuque, Iowa, BSN 1982, Nursing & Fine Arts.
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, MS, CNS 1992, PeriOperative Nursing & Educational Psychology.

Certification:

  • Extension Master Gardener, Iowa & Minnesota, 1982- present (special emphasis in Raingardens, Planting with Native Plants, Prairie Restoration, and Therapeutic Horticulture).
  • Holistic Healing With Aromatherapy & Essential Oils, Level I, March 2014.  Dr. Christina Wilke-Burbach, instructor for The National Association for Holistic Aromatherapy.

Awards:

  • Rochester Public Utilities & Olmsted County Environmental Award 2011.
  • Minnesota State Horticultural Society-Community Garden Award 2010.
  • National Night Out: Rochester, MN Program Award 2010.
  • Rochester Realize Raingarden Cost-Share Grant for residential demonstration. 2009.
  • “Nurse in Washington Internship”- Association of periOperative Registered Nurses (Legislative Committee). Held in Washington DC 2003-2004.
  • Nurse of the Year, District 10, Iowa Nurse’s Association 1982, 1984.
  • Student Nurse of the Year, District 8, California Student Nurse’s Association, 1964.

Associations:

  • American Hosta Society, 2012- Current
  • Shades of Green Hosta Society, 2012- Current
  • MN Horticultural Society, 2000-Current
  • Extension Service
    • 4-H Leader, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa 1979-1990
    • Master Gardener Iowa and Minnesota –1982-Present.
      • Emeritus Status 2014.
    • Cerro Gordo County Extension Council, IA  1985-89
    • Olmsted County Extension Council, MN 2006-2008
  • Association of PeriOperative Registered Nurses (AORN) 1973-2009
    • National Level:
      • Alpha Project.
      • Bylaws Committee.
      • Legislative Committee.
      • Delegate to National Congress many times.
      • Nursing Education Advocacy
      • Nursing Practice Committee.
      • Research Committee.
      • Reviewer for the AORN Journal.
      • Speaker at Congress.
    • World Congress
      • Attendee: Vancouver, BC, Canada, 1991.
      • Session Moderator: Adelaide, Australia, 1993.
      • Session Moderator: Toronto, Ontario, Canada, 1997.
    • Chapter level:
      • Founding member Central Coast AORN Chapter 1973.
      • President and other offices-numerous terms.
      • Member at Large/E-Chapter.
      • Member AORN Hiawathaland 1999-2009.
    • Specialty Assemblies:
      • Integrated Health Specialty Assembly 1998-2009
        • Founding Member
        • Chair, Co-Chair
        • Secretary
        • Newsletter Editor
        • Organizer for Serenity Room at Annual Congresses.
        • Gave Invocation: Meditation at Annual Congress, Anaheim, California, 2008.
      • Nurses in Industry & Business Specialty Assembly 2000-2009
        • Newsletter Editor
      • Nurse Educators and Clinical Nurse Specialists Specialty Assembly, 2000-2009.
        • Member.
      • Leadership Specialty Assembly
        • Member and State Representative for Iowa, Minnesota.
        • Founder and Co-Chair of Minnesota Council for Nurses 2006-2009.
  • Sigma Theta Tau International 1992-2009
    • Member
    • Creative Arts Presenter and speaker x 3 conferences.
  • Iowa Nurse’s Association (American Nurse’s Association) 1977-1999
    • District 10- Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President, President, Newsletter Editor
    • State of Iowa- Legislative Committee 17 years, Board of Directors
  • Minnesota Nurse’s Association (American Nurse’s Association) 1966-68.
  • California Nurse’s Association, (American Nurse’s Association) 1964-1966; 1972-77
    • Student Advisor and Labour Representative for Collective Bargaining.
  • California Student Nurse’s Association, District 8 (American Nurse’ Association).
    • Kaiser Foundation School of Nursing Representative, Secretary and Vice President.
    • Student Nurse of the Year 1964.

 TV Host:

  • Garden Connections, 13 weeks, KSMQ TV, Austin, MN

Presentations:

  1. “Identifying Natives” “Invasive Species” and seminar Chair: Planting With Natives Seminar, Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center, Rochester, MN, August 2015.
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  3. “Identifying Natives” “Invasive Species” and seminar Chair: Planting With Natives Seminar, Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center, Rochester, MN, August 2014.
  4. “Identifying Natives,” “Invasive Species” Planting With Natives, Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center, Rochester, MN, August 2013.
  5. “Gardens: Encourage Pollinators and Support Your Health” Meet the Expert Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center, Rochester, MN, June 2013.
  6. “Designing for Natives” Planting With Natives, Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center, September 2012.
  7. “Therapeutic Horticulture: It’s About You and the Garden” Olmsted Master Gardener Group, 2012.
  8. “Fun With Gardening: Therapeutic Horticulture” Methodist Women’s Group, Rochester, MN 2012.
  9. “Designing for Natives” Planting With Natives, Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center, Rochester, MN, September, 2011.
  10. “Possibility of a Raingarden” Girl Scouts of Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys—Campgrounds, Girl Scout Council, Rochester, MN 2011.
  11. “Paths Through the Garden” American Holistic Nurses’ Association, Madison, WI, 2011.
  12. “MG: Knowledge of Environmental Stewardship-Raingardens: Stormwater Management” given to Olmsted County Extension Council, Rochester, MN 2010.
  13. “World Garden”, American Horticultural Society Children and Youth Conference, MN Landscape Arboretum, Chaska, MN 2007.
  14. “Grassroots: So What?” AORN Hiawathaland, Rochester, MN 2007.
  15. “Music of the Heart: Also Body, Soul, and Spirit”, AORN Congress 2007.
  16. “Olmsted County MG Education Focus” Olmsted County Extension Council, 2006.
  17. Wave of Colour” The HeArt of Nursing, fabric art at Sigma Theta Tau International, Indianapolis, IN, 2006.
  18. Behind the Mask” The HeArt of Nursing Poster Display, Sigma Theta Tau International, Toronto, Ontario, Canada 1999.
  19. “Nursing: A Melodic Colourama” a Nursing Theory, at Sigma Theta Tau International, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  1999.

Publications:

  1. “Eat Well-Enjoy: It’s Easier Then You Think” The Edge Magazine, Anoka, MN May 2014.
  2.  “A Residential Shade Raingarden Story” story and pictorial Display Unit for Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Center, Rochester, MN 2011.
  3. “Ready for Spring Gardening?” Women Inc., Fairmont, MN, March 2008
  4. “Integrated Health Practices Specialty Assembly” AORN Connections Journal, Feb. 2008.
  5. “Self Seeding Perennials” Best Plants for 30 Tough Sites, Mary Meyer, Deb Brown, & Mike Zins Editors, University of Minnesota/Extension Services, 2007.
  6. “Specialty Assemblies Update: Connecting with colleagues, new ways of thinking promotes health, healingAORN Connections Journal, Staff Interview-Carina Stanton, AORN, Inc. 2007.
  7.  “And Then I Knew” Tea and Toast for the Perioperative Nurse’s Spirit, Editors: Jane Rothrock, Ellen K. Murphy, Patricia C. Seifert, AORN Inc. Denver, CO 2006.
  8. “Behind The Mask” “Wave of Colour” The HeArt of Nursing, M. Cecilia Wendler, Editor, 2nd Ed. Sigma Theta Tau International, Indianapolis, IN 2005.
  9. “Stress Management: How to Stay in Control” PeriOperative Management Resources, Staff Interview-Carina Stanton, AORN, Inc. Denver, CO, 2005.
  10. “Needles and Sutures” Perioperative Nursing Course 101, AORN Inc. Denver, CO. 2003.
  11. “Behind the Mask” The HeArt of Nursing, M. Cecilia Wendler, Editor, 1st Ed. Sigma Theta Tau International, Indianapolis, IN. 2002.
  12. “Appendectomy”, “Skin Lesions”, “Endoscopic Sinus Surgery” AORN Surgery World, AORN, Inc, Denver, CO.  2000-2001.
  13. “Focus on Your Breasts”, “Heatstroke”, “Breast Lumps”, “Your Diet-It’s What You Eat”, “Breast Cancer”, “Cancer Nutrition,” North Iowa Woman Magazine, Mason City, IA, 1998.
  14. “Making Communities Safe: A Nurse’s Local Involvement” Surgical Services Management, Vol.3, No. 7. pg 20-24. 1997.
  15. “101 Things to Do in North Iowa”  The Mason City/ North Iowa Shopper, 1997.
  16. The Business Journal: North Iowa’s Business Magazine, free-lance reporter, 1994- 1996
  17. “Nurses for Nursing” & “Question? Your Health” weekly columns, Globe Gazette Newspaper, Mason City, IA 1982-1984.

 Current Community activities:

  • Cascade Meadow Wetlands and Environmental Science Center: Volunteer.
  • Sargent’s Landscaping and Nursery: “Open House” and “Natives Day” Therapeutic Horticulture and using Native Plants.
  • Rochester Public Works: classes/workshops/cost-share Grant Program addressing Raingardens and Stormwater Management.
  • ‘Litter Bit Better’ planning committee for annual Rochester, MN- Clean –up.
  • Provide presentations addressing Raingardens, Planting with Natives, Therapeutic Horticulture, and Dyeing with Naturals.

Beta Tester for University of Minnesota Classes

  • Restoring Minnesota: “Site Assessment and Setting Restoration Goals” UMN Online Continuing Education, 2012.
  • Restoring Minnesota: “Designing and Using Native Seed Mixes” UMN Online Continuing Education, 2012.

 Classes I Teach:

  • Planting With Natives Seminar
  • Dyeing with Natural Dyes
  • Dyeing with Fiber Reactive Dyes
  • Fabric Manipulation and Surface Design
  • Quilting and Sewing