The 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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
Erin (Telander) Johnson, a 2016 graduate of SDSU’s Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) program recently earned the Gallery of Nurse Excellence Award for her poster presentation on Hospitalized Patients’ Perception of Soft Belly Breathing to Reduce Anxiety and Motivation for Continued Use in the Quality Improvement category at the 2017 Sanford Nursing Symposium – Advancing Nursing Practice: Empowering the Heart of Healing, in Fargo, ND in April. Erin has also been selected to present at the Nursing’s Role in Transforming Healthcare 3rd Annual ND Center for Nursing Conference in Bismarck, ND October 12-13, 2017. Erin is currently a CNL at the Fargo VA Healthcare System.
Students, graduates and faculty presented at the 41st Annual MNRS Research Conference in Minneapolis April 6-9, 2017.