Pauline Abraham


810 3rd Ave SE

Pauline Abraham returned to Augsburg University in 2019 as an adjunct instructor. Previously Dr. Abraham was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing at Augsburg University, a position she held from 2005- 2015.  In addition to her work at Augsburg, Dr. Abraham has worked at Mayo Clinic since 1984.  She has held several positions over the years including staff nurse; nursing placement coordinator; and currently works for the Division of Education and Professional Development as a nursing education specialist.   Dr. Abraham’s primary area of educational focus is leadership development.  She has developed and facilitated many programs within the Department of Nursing at Mayo Clinic including the Nursing Leadership Perspectives Program, a leadership development program for staff nurses, and the Advanced Nursing Leadership Program for nurse executive development. She has authored several articles on the topic of leadership development and presented nationally and internationally. Dr. Abraham holds the rank of Assistant Professor of Nursing, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and Science, and is board certified in Nursing Professional Development. She graduated with a BSN from Winona State University, Winona, MN; a Master of Art’s in Nursing and a Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree from Augsburg College, Minneapolis, MN.


Peer-reviewed Articles:

Abraham PJ. Developing nurse leaders: a program enhancing staff nurse leadership skills and professionalism. Nurs Adm Q. 2011 Oct-Dec; 35(4):306-12.

Abraham PJ. Building nurse executives. Nurs Manage. 2013; 44(8):52-4.

Abraham P, Burnette A, Wannarka E, Weerheim L. Nursing excellence: Leadership opportunities promote staff nurse growth and development. Nurse Leader. 2013; 11(6):61-4.

Abraham PJ, Mc Gohan LDD, Pfrimmer DM. Retaining master and DNP registered nurses in direct patient care: utilizing nurses to the fullest extent of their education. Nurse Leader. 2015 Feb; 13(1):70-4.

Research Grants Awarded

Completed Grants:

Mayo Clinic

Principal Investigator  Nursing Leadership Perspectives Program Outcomes Evaluation. Funded by Nursing Research Committee, Mayo Clinic                         11/2007 – 04/2009


National or International


Professionalism in Nursing                                                                             October 31, 2015

Invited Keynote Speaker. Sponsored by Oita Chapter of the Japanese Nursing Association and Oita University of Nursing and Health Sciences

Seventeenth Annual International Nursing Forum

Beppu City, Japan


Selecting RN Candidates: Finding the Right Fit-Podium Presentation           September 2002

2002 Management/Advanced Practice Seminar, American Nephrology Nurses Association

San Diego, California


Embracing Leadership: Creating Your Future                                        February 2011

Podium Presentation.

International Transplant Nurse Association

Minneapolis, Minnesota


Leadership Challenge: Developing Staff Nurses to Lead                                           July 2011

Podium Presentation

National Nursing Staff Development Organization 2011 Convention

Chicago, Illinois


Population Health Management                                                                    November 7, 2015

Keynote Speaker

Tokyo Lecture Meeting

Tokyo, Japan


Nursing Leadership in 2016 and Beyond                                                              March 9, 2016

Minnesota Organization of Leaders in Nursing

Cannon Falls, Minnesota


Building Capacity for High Performing Interprofessional Care Teams      September, 26, 2016

Co-presenters: Katrina Hynes, Dr. Patel Ashokakumar

Respiratory Nursing Society

Rochester, Minnesota

Poster Presentations

Nursing Leadership Perspectives Program                                                                 2007

Nursing Leadership Congress 2007

Chicago, Illinois


Impacting the Future of Nursing: Nurse Executive Leadership Development       Oct. 4, 2016

Leading Reform and Advancing the Science of Nursing Education, 41st Annual National Conference on Professional Nursing Education and Development, Department of Nursing, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota