Elaine C. Nelson, CNS

Elaine C. Nelson, CNS
  • Practicing Department: Cardiology
  • Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Female

I was born and spent my early years in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, but I also have roots in northwestern Iowa and Minnesota. My undergraduate work was done at SDSU in Brookings, SD. I came to Minneapolis for graduate school at the University of Minnesota, since South Dakota didn't have a Masters program in Nursing at that time.
I worked part time at University Hospital during school and enjoyed the pace in SICU. Teaching is also very rewarding for me, so I was a clinical instructor and adjunct faculty for the University of Minnesota School of Nursing after graduation.
One of the resident physicians I had worked with recruited me as a midlevel provider to work with him at Regions Hospital in Neurosurgery. When he left Regions, I went back to graduate school to complete the coursework needed to be a care provider in the Section of Cardiology. I started with Cardiothoracic surgery and now work in Cardiology, in the cath lab.



  • Professional School in Psychology: South Dakota State University - Brookings 1971
  • Professional School in Nursing: South Dakota State University - Brookings 1976
  • Professional School: University of Minnesota School of Nursing 1980
  • Certification: ANCC-Adult Health Clinical Nurse Specialist