Paula Tofte, originally from Golden Valley, ND, received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the University of Mary, Bismarck, ND, in 1994 and her Master’s of Science Degree as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner from South Dakota State University, Brookings, SD, in 2011. The majority of her nursing career has been in the Mental Health and Correctional Nursing Field, beginning as an RN at the ND State Correctional Facility, Bismarck, ND, as the Director of Medical and Psychiatric Services at the James River Correctional Center, Jamestown, ND, and Clinical Director at Prairie Correctional Facility, Appleton, MN. Prior to obtaining her Master’s degree, Paula was the RN Manager for Avera Marshall Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit and Avera Psychiatry Associates Outpatient Clinic, Marshall, MN. She completed her clinical practicum at the St. Peter Regional Treatment Center, St. Peter, MN, with the Serious and Persistent Mentally Ill population, and Blue Earth County Mental Health Clinic, Mankato, MN. Paula joined Woodland Centers as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in July, 2012. Prior to joining Woodland Centers, she worked as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner at Lake Region HealthCare Center, Fergus Falls, MN, practicing Inpatient and Outpatient Mental Health.
Paula is Board Certified as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner by the American Nurses Credentialing Center and is an active member of the American Psychiatric Nurses Association.