Carol M. Brinkman, RN, CNP


Goal directed nurse practitioner with a diverse nursing background in direct patient care, health education, assessment, counseling, and program development.




Family Nurse Practitioner

  • Provided direct medical care for acute and chronic diseases.
  • Performed routine physical, DOT and yearly exams.
  • Counseled patients in wellness behaviors.
  • Educated patients about medications for and management of acute and chronic health conditions.
  • Provided direct medical care to nursing home residents in rehabilitative services and long term care services



Family Nurse Practitioner

  • Provided direct medical care to clients in various stages of pregnancy, including high-risk pregnancies.
  • Provided direct postpartum care.
  • Counseled women in reproductive issues.
  • Educated women in prenatal care, labor and delivery preparation, and postpartum and newborn cares.
  • Performed well exams and provided medical care to newborns, infants, and toddlers.


Public Health Nurse:

  • Provided home care to those experiencing a high-risk pregnancy including teen pregnancies, preterm labor, gestational diabetes and pre-eclampsia.
  • Developed and provided individual and group educational programs focused on maternal/child care.
  • Served on a variety of collaborative programs for prevention of child abuse and neglect.
  • Collaborated with social service agencies, schools, medical clinics, mental health agencies and WIC.



Family Nurse Practitioner

  • Provided direct medical care for pediatric acute and chronic conditions.
  • Performed well exams for all age’s (newborns through adolescence).


Licensed School Nurse

  • Twelve years experience caring for students ages preschool through 21.
  • Development and implementation of individual health care plans for students with medical conditions.
  • Coordination of student health & medical needs in collaboration with students, parents & medical providers.
  • Provided care to pediatric patients with multiple medical conditions, developmental delays, diabetes, asthma, seizures, depression, anxiety, attention disorders, and hearing and vision impairments.


Public Health Nurse:

  • Performed developmental assessments of newborns, toddlers, and preschoolers.
  • Performed observations and assessments of emotional needs including abuse and neglect issues.



Public Health Nurse

  • Initiated and conducted home visits to provide direct nursing care to individuals & families.
  • Instructed and counseled clients and community groups in care and management of acute & chronic diseases.
  • Promoted healthy lifestyles and positive parenting.
  • Researched and assessed community needs.
  • Participated in disease prevention and surveillance activities. 


Licensed School Nurse:

Development and management of the Health Services Department for School District # 748 which includes 400 employees and 3000 students located at five school buildings (3 Elementary Schools, 1 Middle School, 1 High School).

  • Determined staffing needs according to health office traffic & student needs.
  • Managed care of students with acute and chronic health conditions. Participation on the district’s Student Assistant Teams and Special Education Teams to provide necessary support for students in collaboration with students, teachers, administration, and outside agencies.
  • Performed disease prevention, management and surveillance activities in consultation with county and state health departments.
  • Performed first aid care and supervised emergency medical response teams.
  • Participated on the employee, student and facility health, safety and wellness programs.
  • Functioned as the BBP, IAQ, and Infection Control Coordinator. Responsible for development and implementation of these programs to comply with OSHA regulations.
  • Functioned as preceptor for nursing students at the College of St. Benedict/St. John’s University and the University of Minnesota.


Licensed School Nurse for 12 years:

  • Employee presentations included: Infectious Disease – Employee Right To Know, Blood Borne Pathogens, Back Care, Injury Prevention, First Aid Care, Asthma and Exercise, Treatment for Anaphylactic Reactions, Diabetes, Seizures, Eating Disorders, Depression, Attention disorders, Women’s Health
  • Instructor for 10th grade Health Class.
  • Participated in the development of and ongoing assessment, evaluation and re-writing of the Health and Physical Education Curriculum for grades K-12.

Public Health Nurse for 10 years:

  • Developed and instructed group educational programs for pregnancy care, family planning, breastfeeding, and parenting.

Family Nurse Practitioner

  • 2004 to present-Instructed in 2 local High School Health Career classes on function of Family Nurse Practitioner in the Community.
  • 2008 to present-District 748 Community Education class: Eat, Drink and Be Healthy.
  • 2008 to present-KNSI AM Radio Show “The Doctor is In” Topics-Hyperlipidemia, Diabetic Care, Women’s Health Care, Diet and Exercise.
  • 2016 to present-Annual Instruction to Nurse Practitioner students at St. Scholastica re: Complementary and Alternative Methods in health care
  • 2010-present-Instruction on Hormonal Health for both men and women in a variety of settings from groups of 15-500.


Current research:

·       May 2004 – August 2005 – A school-based physical activity program tailored to adolescent girls. This

Quasi-experimental study seeks to determine if a school based physical education class for 8th grade girls tailored to meet their interests will impact physical fitness/body composition, health and exercise perception, psychological factors, body image, and future fitness motivation and participation. This study has multiple implications relating to the health, exercise, and physical education design for middle school female adolescents.

  • 2004-present- Minnesota Rural Health Cooperative quarterly data gathering and chart review for ongoing projects related to diabetes care, pediatric care outcomes, sexually transmitted diseases and pediatric vaccination compliance.


FNP-BC (Family Nurse Practitioner) Certification NPI#1578560405, Certification period: 9/1/2013 to 8/31/2018

Registered Nurse in State of MN # R 101622 6 DEA MB 1050169


2013 – 2018    PCCA Annual Training for Providers and Pharmacists

Fall 2015           BOMA Billings Ovulation Method instructor training

September 2007     Functional Medicine in Primary Care Bellevue, Washington 38 CEU’s

May 2007                 Primary Care Medicine University of MN Hospitals 45 CEU’s

2000 – 2003             Masters of Arts in Nursing, College of St. Scholastica.

July 16, 2002          Improving Skills for the Women’s Reproductive Health Exam from Planned Parenthood

1995-1997               Master of Arts in Education St. Mary’s University Winona, MN

1979-1983               Bachelor of Arts in Nursing, College of St. Catherine- St. Paul MN