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.

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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.



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.

Nurse Practitioner Week held Nov. 13-19


South Dakota State University’s College of Nursing has been developing nurse practitioners for nearly 40 years and Dean Nancy Fahrenwald is pleased that Gov. Dennis Daugaard has declared the week of Nov. 13-19 as Nurse Practitioner Week.

Nancy Fahrenwald
Nancy Fahrenwald

“We are proud of our graduates who have advanced their education and serve the health-care workforce as an APRN or DNP. They and the other professionals provide affordable, accessible and high-quality health care to millions of Americans,” Fahrenwald said.

South Dakota State started offering Master of Science classes in nursing in 1979. From 2002, the college graduated 222 family nurse practitioners from its master’s program and graduated 70 doctor of nurse practitioners since 2012.

The college’s doctor of nursing practice and postgraduate advanced practice registered nurse certificate programs both were accredited for 10 years. Meanwhile, ValueColleges listed the college as the nation’s 21st-ranked in its Top 50 Best Value DNP Programs of 2016.

“The South Dakota State College of Nursing is one of the most significant health-care institutions in the state, educating more than a third of South Dakota’s nurses and offering the state’s most comprehensive nursing education programs including bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in nursing. South Dakota’s health-care system depends on SDSU, especially rural communities, a field in which the College of Nursing especially shines,” Carrie Sealey-Morris, ValueColleges’ editor, said. “Significantly, SDSU’s tuition rates are among the lowest in the nation, making the DNP exceptionally accessible for working nurses and getting more nurse leaders into the field where they can help.”

Gov. Daugaard’s proclamation stated South Dakota has 801 of the 222,000 licensed nurse practitioners in the United States. He also cited the impact those individuals have on the health-care system. There are 275 State graduates working as licensed nurse practitioners in South Dakota.