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About Renee Colsch, PhD, RN, SCRN, CQ

Renee Colsch has a passion and specialty in the area of neuroscience nursing. Her professional experience includes acute care nursing in the intensive care unit, emergency room, and the United States Air Force deployment in Balad Iraq, 2007. She teaches courses in undergraduate and graduate pathophysiology, leadership and serves as a DNP student mentor. She views the teacher as the facilitator of learning. Her teaching focuses on cultural awareness and sensitivity, holistic nursing, bringing technology into the classroom and practice, evidence-based practice, research, learning, and retention. She completed a Center for Health Equity fellowship and is currently a VA Quality Scholars fellow. Her research centers on sex/gender/racial differences and health inequities. Specifically, she aims to reduce health inequities among stroke and women, and women with multiple sclerosis.


Present Associate Professor, St. Catherine University Nursing Department



2021 - Present GHR Foundation AEG Grant Funding
St. Catherine University, Henrietta Schmoll School of Health - 235101
Role: Primary Investigator
2020 - Present Assistantship Mentoring Program
St. Catherine University
Role: Primary Investigator
2018 - 2019 The Agnes Marshall Walker Foundation
American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
Role: Primary Investigator
2017 - 2019 A Multidisciplinary MARC U-STAR Program at UND
NIH-NIGMS - 1T34GM122835-01
Role: PhD student
Colleague(s): PI Lindseth, Glenda
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2020 - Present Education Approver Committee Member, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
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Honors and Awards

  • Summa Cum Laude, Baccalaureate Degrees (Latin Honors), 2014
  • 3rd Place Extemporaneous Speaking, MN Skills USA Championship, 2001
  • 2nd Place Pre-School Teaching Assistant, MN Skills USA Championship, 2000
  • Three Minute Thesis (3MT), University of North Dakota, Finalist, 2019


2019 PhD, University of North Dakota ‐ Nursing
2014 MS, Nursing, Excelsior College ‐ Nursing
2013 BS, Nursing, Excelsior College
2005 Associate of Applied Science, Nursing, Ridgewater College

Contact Information

St. Catherine University
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105



Presentations (6)

Publications (6)

Textbook (1)