Author


A Worldwide Leader in Healthcare

Caroline Bunker Rosdahl, RN-BC, ALA, BSN, PHN, MA, is an acclaimed healthcare leader, practicing nurse, educator, administrator, innovator, and major contributor to the nursing profession. 

During her long career and in her various roles as a hospital nurse, a public health nurse, an educator, a school nurse, and a mental health unit nurse, she has seen it all and witnessed dramatic changes in her profession. 

A modern-day Florence Nightingale, Rosdahl is a leader in nursing education and the author of the classic perennial bestselling TEXTBOOK OF BASIC NURSING, now in its 11th edition. 

This influential and widely used educational book has been used to train nurses worldwide for over 50 years, spanning from mid 20th century medicine to the 21st century modern healthcare environment that requires a new set of skills and offers many new avenues of career opportunities.

Caroline has been involved in nursing and health care for nearly seventy years, beginning as a “Nurses’ Aide” at age fifteen. 

She has been involved in many facets of nursing: She taught nursing at all levels, as well as training nursing assistants. She also developed a new Practical Nursing Program at Anoka Technical College and was its Director, before becoming Vice-President of the College for over twenty years. She also taught teaching skills to Vocational teachers for many years. 

She has written extensively, including ten editions of Textbook of Basic Nursing

Caroline is included in the International Nurses Association’s publication Worldwide Leaders in Healthcare

Caroline was originator of the Float Pool at Minneapolis General Hospital and has done rescue and general staff nursing, as well as School Nursing. She was Executive Director of the Minnesota Lions’ Eye Bank and Director of the Public Health Nursing Department in Wright County, Minnesota. After retiring from Anoka, she was a nurse in Inpatient Psychiatry at Hennepin County Medical Center for over twenty years. 

Caroline has a very busy life. She is married to Ron Christensen. Together, they had four children, one of whom is deceased. They have nine grandchildren and several great-grandchildren. (Three of the grandchildren are pursuing health-related careers.) 

Caroline has been active in bands since fourth grade and was the oldest person to march in the University of Minnesota Band. She plays for tailgaters at home football games and is in a summer band. She is also in a Community Band and marches with her grandchildren for Minnesota Homecoming. She belongs to a number of organizations, including American MENSA, Delta Kappa Gamma Society for Women in Education, and the Psychiatry Advisory Committee at the U of Minnesota. 

She loves to knit and organized a Prayer Shawl group for her church. 

Caroline and Ron own antique cars and participate in many parades. 

They have won many awards, including several National Gold awards. 

She played softball for many years and even umpired an official High School game when the umpire didn’t come. She coached her son’s Baseball and Football teams (the only woman coach) and was on a trap shooting team. 

She bowls, plays golf, and enjoyed snowmobiling, skiing, canoeing, backpacking, and competitive sailing. Caroline has rescued a number of orphaned animals and also won many ribbons and trophies with her champion Black Labradors. She even had a pet skunk named Petunia (who was in several parades.) She has traveled to all fifty US states and Puerto Rico and has visited over forty-five countries. 

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