She has over 30 years of experience in psychiatric nursing including teaching

at the University of MN School of Nursing; Nursing supervisor at Hazelden,

and Lead Consultant/Clincial Nurse Specialist serving a 5 county region in

East Central MN for 14 years as well as developing integrative psychiatric mental health services at a primary care clinic. Based on her 10 years of research, she additionally created and designed a business plan for an outpatient mental health/chemical dependency behavioral health center to service East Central MN which, in 2018, was used to finance and open a 1.4 million dollar outpatient clinic attached to a women's chemical dependency treatment center located in the same region. 


After 20 years of incorporating many of her ideas into and building other businesses and plans, she decided it was time for her to do what she tells her patients....

to find and follow one's God given purpose and seek out His will. She was then led to start Dr. Beth Good & Associates in Cambridge, MN where she has the freedom to have her own business, to create, develop, recruit and grow behavioral health services throughout MN. “For the past five years while developing this group practice, she has provided integrated psychiatric services to four of the campuses of the largest Christian Chemical Dependency Treatment Center in MN, meanwhile seeing patients throughout MN, and bringing TMS services with use of NeuroStar to East Central MN! She has precepted 6 PMHNP students thus far, and looks to have herself and other PMHNP’s within the agency continue to precept exceptional PMHNP students.”


Dr. Good received her Doctorate in Nursing Practice degree focused in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from the University of MN, School of Nursing. Twin Cities in 2011, a Masters Degree in Nursing, with focus as a Psychiatric Clinical Nurse Specialist in 1994 and board certified with ANCC since 1995, as well as Bachelors Degree in Nursing from Mankato State University in 1988.

Leading by example

by the University of MN School of Nursing

"Good’s enthusiasm for psych/mental health nursing inspires daughter to earn DNP degree"

Excellence Award - 2017


FirstLight and the American Association of Nurse Practitioners™ congratulate Beth Good, DNP, APRN, PMHNP-BC, who is receiving a 2017 American State Award for Excellence this week at the AANP’s national conference in Philadelphia. The AANP annually bestows this prestigious award to a nurse practitioner in each state who demonstrates excellence in their area of practice. Dr. Good, who is one of 7,663 NPs currently licensed in Minnesota, is traveling to Philadelphia to be honored at the AANP’s Salute to the States event.


The State Award for Excellence, founded in 1991, recognizes an NP in each state who demonstrates excellence in clinical practice. In 1993, the AANP extended the state award to recognize the efforts of an individual who had made a significant contribution toward increasing the awareness and acceptance of NPs. Past recipients have included physicians, legislators, educators, and others making a difference in the field. NPs are also eligible for the advocate award for non-clinical practice initiatives related to leadership, precept, policy, politics, research, education or community affairs.


Good practices at FirstLight Health System in Mora, where she has helped numerous patients suffering from mental illness since she started there in 2012. In addition to her role at FirstLight, Good is a nurse clinician consultant for an independent private practice and is the director of psychiatric services at Recovering Hope Chemical Dependency Treatment Center in Mora.


“I am so proud to represent FirstLight and the other amazing NPs who serve our communities,” said Good. “I especially want to acknowledge Dr. Tim Richardson, my collaborating psychiatrist; Jessica Stokes, RN; and my colleagues Janet Wilkinson, APRN, ANP-BC and Mary Lagaard, DNP, APRN. These amazing individuals have all helped me to be the provider and person I am today.”


Good has been a psychiatric nurse for over 30 years and a specialist in prescribing psychotropic medications for the past 17. She has a holistic philosophy of care, one that is focused on treating the mind, body and spirit with a positive, dynamic and recovery-focused approach to health and overall well-being.


“Beth is a well-known champion for integrating behavioral health services at FirstLight and has worked in collaboration with our Family Practice providers to provide quality mental health services to those in need,” said FirstLight CEO Randy Ulseth. “We commend Beth for her dedication and service to helping address the mental health crisis confronting Central Minnesota.”

Nurse of The Year - 2016


On the morning of Friday, Oct. 14, nurses from all over Minnesota gathered to honor the 2016 Nurse of the Year. Over 600 nurses from around the state were nominated within 16 different fields of nursing including: Advanced Practice (Beth Good’s Award), Care Management, Education and Research, Community Health Nursing, Mental Health, Neonatal and Pediatric Nursing, to name a few.

The winners from each category were chosen after an extensive evaluation was conducted by 20 nurse executives throughout Minnesota.


Good was initially named a finalist in the Advanced Practice category of nursing along with four other nurses from Health Partners, Associates in Women’s Health, North Memorial Medical Center and Allina Health. She was ultimately named the overall Nurse of the Year in this category.


Good joined the FirstLight team in 2012 as a clinical nurse specialist. She earned her doctorate degree in nursing practice in 2011 and has been certified as a clinical nurse specialist in psychiatric mental health nursing for the past 22 years.


She has spent much of her last 14 years servicing the mental health needs of residents within the five county area, including Kanabec. Outside of FirstLight, she advocates for mental health issues at the state level, has been a member of the Kanabec County Substance Abuse Coalition and has volunteered as a 4-H club leader.


She is influential in and out of the workplace as well as within the University of Minnesota School system where she has taught a variety of health related courses and has been a preceptor for students.

“With much attention on access to mental health services, we are privileged to have Beth on our provider team. Beth is an asset and puts FirstLight ahead of the curve, by her providing mental health services on a consistent basis,” said Randy Ulseth, FirstLight CEO.


“Congratulations to all of the 2016 nominees, top five finalists and winners. The work you do impacts the lives of your patients, colleagues and students each and every day. The March of Dimes is proud to provide a platform in which to honor you and the nursing profession,” said a March of Dimes Minnesota spokesperson.