#MeetSDStateNursing – Jazmine

This week’s #MeetSDStateNursing features Jazmine! Born and raised in Rapid City, SD and an enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Jazmine is working on her Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing at the Rapid City site. She is in the standard program. She plans to graduate in December 2019. Jazmine chose to attend SDSU College of Nursing because she said, “It is a highly reputable college known for graduating the area’s most knowledgeable nurse leaders.” It was also convenient for Jazmine to stay in her home town.

Jazmine enjoys growing and learning alongside her cohort, and credits the College of Nursing Native American Nursing Education Center (NANEC), at our Rapid City site, with helping her grow as a leader and future nurse by providing funding, resources, scholarship information and mentoring. She credits the NANEC for being her “personal cheer-leading squad.” Jazmine said “Bev, Cassi and Tina are so helpful and they all go above and beyond for their students.”

After graduation, Jazmine plans to continue working at Regional Health. She has interest in the areas of labor and delivery, ONS and pain management. She hopes to continue  her education and eventually get a Master’s in Nursing. She would like to become a Nurse Practitioner.

Jazmine’s advice for new students is to get organized, use a planner and set aside time to study for each class in small increments. She says, “Remember this experience is YOURS, find what works for you and make the best of it.” Great advice, Jazmine!


#MeetSDStateNursing – Jenn Vipond

Gibson receives award

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Nicole Gibson has been recognized as the AANP South Dakota Nurse Practitioner Advocate award winner. According to aanp.org, the Advocate State Award for Excellence is given annually to an individual in each state who has made a significant contribution toward increasing awareness and recognition of NPs. Examples of past recipients have been physicians, legislators, educators, etc. NPs are also eligible for the advocate award for non-clinical practice initiatives related to leadership, precepting, policy, politics, research, education, or community affairs.

Varilek selected to serve on GNSA Leadership Council

Brandon_VarilekThe American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) selected graduate nursing student, Brandon Varilek to serve on the 2017-2019 Graduate Nursing Student Academy Leadership Council. The Leadership Council consists of 10 graduate nursing student members who serve a two year term to help shape the formation of the GNSA and provide direction on what programs, services, and resources should be developed to meet the needs of nursing students in master’s and doctoral degree programs. 

Issacson and Minton attend Sigma Theta Tau Research Congress in Ireland

Dr. Mary Isaacson and Dr. Mary Minton represented South Dakota State university at the Sigma Theta Tau 28th International Research Congress held July 27-31 in Dublin, Ireland. The congress was attended by over 2,200 nurse leaders and students from across the globe who gathered to learn from evidence based research presentations.


Arends inducted as Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners


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Robin Arends, Assistant Professor in the College of Nursing, was inducted as a Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners at their annual conference in June.

Originally posted on sdstate.edu:

South Dakota State University’s Robin Arends has been named one of 67 nurse practitioner leaders for induction to the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) in June 2017.

The American Association of Nurse Practitioners (AANP) will honor this year’s FAANP inductees during the AANP 2017 National Conference at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.

“When I was notified of receiving the honor of the fellowship, I was very humbled,” said Arends, a clinical assistant professor. “Nurses and nurse practitioners look at problems and find solutions to improve outcomes for our patients and the populations we serve. It is a privilege to be recognized for the work we do because health-care providers serve, not for the recognition, but because we want to better the health of patients and communities.

“With this fellowship, I join the leaders of our field who continue to inspire me with their practice, education, research and policy work,” she continued. “I continue to learn from these individuals and will continue to grow as well. This fellowship will bring additional opportunities to better health outcomes at the state and national level.”

Arends participated in the 2014 American Association of Colleges of Nursing’s second annual Faculty Policy Intensive and was named to the AANP Leadership Program that year. She has two degrees from SDSU, a master’s degree in 2008 with a family nurse practitioner specialization and a doctor of nursing practice degree in 2014.

“Writing the application allowed me to reflect on my career and the impact educators, providers, mentors and colleagues had on me as a person and as a professional,” Arends said. “I had the opportunity to think about how advice given to me early in my nursing career continues to impact me today. It also made me more aware of the leadership and mentoring I want to provide to others who are beginning their career or who are established in their profession, but exploring new opportunities.”

The FAANP program was established in 2000 to recognize nurse practitioner leaders who have made outstanding contributions to health care through clinical practice, research, education or policy. Fellows of AANP are visionaries and, as such, hold an annual think tank to strategize about the future of nurse practitioners and health care. The new fellows will continue to demonstrate leadership and contribute to the mission of AANP.


Hanson recognized for service

The College of Nursing recognized Carmen Hanson as the 2017 Distinguished Service Award Recipient at the summit meeting in May. The award was presented to Hanson by Dr. Barbara Hobbs at a later date. Hanson recently retired as a program officer for the John T. Vucurevich Foundation. In her role at the Foundation, Hanson served as the primary contact person for West River Nursing during the past 10 years.


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