Kathleen Johnson - Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner- Board Certified (WHCNP-BC)

Kathleen Johnson - Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner- Board Certified (WHCNP-BC)

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My Areas of Practice

I consider myself a life long learner and believe my career path demonstrates that.  Professionally, my experience is vast.  I have been a medical-surgical hospital staff nurse, oncology (cancer care) and hospice nurse, a labor and delivery nurse, a postpartum and newborn nurse, as well as a nurse manager, before becoming a Nurse Practitioner (NP). 

As a board certified Women’s Health NP I have provided comprehensive obstetric and gynecology care in both the hospital and clinic setting.  In addition, I have been a nursing faculty member teaching Maternal/Child health to RN students and have also worked with NP students in the clinic setting.  Currently, my practice is focused to provide specialized breast  healthcare at the Jane Brattain Breast Center. 

I have dedicated my career to caring for women, during all phases of their life, and I am excited to be part of the Park Nicollet breast health team.  I believe that education is an essential component in providing high quality health care and work very hard at making sure patients understand all of the issues surrounding their care.  I look forward to caring for you.

General Information

Gender: Female

Practicing Since: 1991

Accepting New Patients: Yes


Practices at

Jane Brattain Breast Center
3850 Park Nicollet Blvd.
4th Floor
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

Education & Certifications

Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner-Board Certified (WHCNP-BC), Original Certification 1991, (Ongoing).

Registered Nurse in the State of Minnesota (RN), Original License 1982, (Ongoing).

American Heart Association CPR & AED certified, (Ongoing).

University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, 2014.

Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Women's Health Care Nurse Practitioner, 2008.

Planned Parenthood of Minnesota & South Dakota (Affiliated with the University of Minnesota) Certificate Women's Health Nurse Practitioner Program, Saint Paul, Minnesota, 1991.

Minnesota State University-Mankato, Mankato, Minnesota, Bachelors of Science (BS), Community Health, Emphasis in Patient Education, 1985.

Anoka Ramsey Community College, Coon Rapids, MN,  Associate of Science (AS), Nursing, 1982.  Associate of Arts (AA), 1981. 

Research & Publications

My research interests focus on screening for, the prevention of, the early diagnosis of, and treatment for breast cancer.  My doctoral work focused on breast cancer patients and how to best provide survivorship care. 

Johnson,KJ, Minchew, LA, Richter, S, Craft, C, Lerner, R. Providing Breast Cancer Survivorship: Lessons Learned From a Pilot Project Implementation. Cancer Nursing. 2017, DOI: 10.197/NCC.0000000000000414.

I also have a strong interest in breast cancer risk assessment and how an individuals risk can impact how they are screened for breast cancer, as part of their routine preventative care.  In addition, I am also involved in screening high risk breast cancer patients for lymph edema to aide in prevention and early treatment of this condition.    

Professional Associations & Awards

Member of The Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN).

Member of The National Association of Nurse Practitioner’s in Women’s Health (NPWH). 

Member of The Oncology Nursing Society.

Member of The Metro MN Oncology Nursing Society Chapter.


I am a native Minnesotan and proud of it!  I cannot think of a better place to live...  I enjoy all of the seasons Minnesota gives us.  When not at Park Nicollet, I enjoy being active and spending time out doors.  I love puttering in my garden in the summer.  I dig up and rearrange flowers like they are pieces of furniture in my living room, and think nothing beats eating a juicy ripe tomato right off the vine!  I have a special place in my heart for the North Shore of MN and enjoy hiking, canoeing and kayaking.  I have volunteered for many years at YMCA Camp Menogyn, in a remote boundary waters camp setting, providing medical care for campers age 13-18 and the camp staff.  And, of course, one can't live in Minnesota and not find joy in the winter... My favorite winter activity is cross country skiing in one of our many beautiful parks.  Yeah Minnesota!