Burt, Sr. Kathy

Burt, Sr. Kathy
Title: Associate Professor of Nursing
Department: Nursing
Office: ASNC 214
Phone: 605-668-1509


B.S., Nursing, Moount Marty University
M.S.N., Clinical Nurse Specialist, The Catholic University of America
Ph.D., Nursing, The Catholic University of America



NSG 362 Adult I
NSG 363 Adult II
NSG 470 Complex Care
GEN 102 Freshman Seminar
THL 125 Wisdom of Benedict



Sister Kathy began her nursing career at Saint Mary’s Hospital in Rochester Minnesota. After a year of working in the community medical unit, Sister Kathy returned to Yankton to follow God’s call to enter Sacred Heart Monastery. After two years of religious formation, Sister Kathy ministered as a nurse at Avera Sacred Hospital for 5 years working on the surgical unit. In 2001, Sister Kathy was invited to go back to school to obtain her MSN degree as a clinical nurse specialist with an emphasis on education. Immediately upon completing her MSN degree, Sister Kathy remained at CUA and completed her PhD in nursing in 2006. Sister Kathy’s dissertation was on the effects nurse caring has on patient outcomes such as patient satisfaction, anxiety, and adverse events.

Sister Kathy then returned home to teach at Mount Marty University in the BSN program. During her time in this role, Sister Kathy taught Medical/Surgical nursing; Fundamentals in nursing; Health Assessment; pharmacology; Wisdom of Benedict; and Freshman seminar.

Sister Kathy also had the opportunity to serve as the interim director of the nursing program for 1 ½ years. Most recently, Sister Kathy followed God’s call to work in long-term care as a clinical nurse educator. Sister Kathy’s first love in nursing is geriatrics, trumped only by her love for teaching. Sister Kathy’s passion is Caring and Caring behaviors. Sister Kathy believes that the more individuals know they are cared for and loved; the better the outcomes will be in life, nursing, and education. Sister Kathy’s Mission is to seek God in everyone and everything, every day of her life by reaching out to others in a caring manner and with a listening ear.



  • Caring behaviors and their impact on patient and student outcomes