Telander receives Gallery of Nurse Excellence Award at Sanford Nursing Symposium

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.

 Erin Telander Johnson award

Faculty Present at National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty Annual Conference

SDSU FNP faculty presented poster presentations at the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculty’s annual conference. Presentations demonstrated innovative teaching strategies being utilized in courses.

Keefner attends AACN Student Policy Summit in DC

Tamara Keefner, a student in the 90-credit PhD program, attended the AACN Student Policy Summit, a three-day conference held in Washington, DC, open to baccalaureate and graduate nursing students enrolled at an AACN member institution. Students who attend the summit are immersed in didactic program sessions focused on the federal policy process and nursing’s role in professional advocacy.

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Arends selected for induction to the Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners

Arends, RobinThe Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) recently selected the nurse practitioner (NP) leaders for induction to FAANP in June 2017. Among those selected is Robin Arends. Arends is the first fellow selected for this group from South Dakota. Upon her induction in June, Arends will carry the credentials of FAANP.


AANP Fellows are selected based on outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, education or policy. The Fellows of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (FAANP) impacts national and global health by engaging recognized nurse practitioner (NP) leaders who make outstanding contributions to clinical practice, research, education, or policy to enhance the AANP mission. From invitational Think Tanks to the Mentorship Program, FAANP is dedicated to advancing the NP profession.

Hendrickx attends AACN Clinical Nurse Leader Summit

Dr. Lori Hendrickx attended the AACN Clinical Nurse Leader Summit in Atlanta Georgia. Pictured with her are CNL student Larry Jenkins and SDSU CNL graduate John Mills.

The annual winter CNL Summit provides a national forum for all healthcare and academic audiences currently implementing or interested in exploring CNL education and practice. The Summit features the CNL Research Symposium, a pre-conference workshop hosted by the Commission on Nurse Certification (CNC) that focuses on the CNL’s role in data collection and evaluation for reporting clinical outcomes. Beginning in the 2017, these events will be offered in conjunction with the Master’s Education Conference (


Nenaber receives national recognition

Amanda Nenaber, DNP, RN, CCNS, ACNS-BC, a 2006 grad, was selected by the
Board of Directors of the National Association of Clinical Nurse Specialists, an organization representing all clinical nurse specialists in the US,  to receive the annual CNS of the Year award. The award will be given March 10, 2017 in Atlanta, GA. Nenaber works as Heart Failure Program Manager at UC Health – University of Colorado Hospital