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.



SDSU nursing students rock the #MannequinChallenge

Two new videos featuring students from the College of Nursing capture students frozen mid action, part of the “mannequin challenge” currently sweeping social media.

The “mannequin challenge” trend is believed to have begun in mid-October. Participants freeze in place while a camera zooms around the room capturing the scene. In the SDSU nursing videos, time stops while students are in lab or simulation, capturing students providing a wide variety of care.

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Students/staff travel to Rapid City

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Student Services Director, Todd Stricherz, Student Services Senior Secretary, Sherry Asper, and Advisor, Ben Moyer attended the scholarship banquet at SDSU West River Nursing this past week. Swedish exchange students, Isabell Ohtonen and Linda Enfridsson, also went to Rapid. They made some stops at some of the major western South Dakota attractions, and Ohtonen and Enfridsson had the opportunity to connect with one of the recipients of the Shirley Rapp Lingo International Studies Scholarship in Nursing, Danielle Brady.  Brady and Ohtonen had met previously when Brady went to Sweden last summer as part of the exchange program between the School of Health Sciences at the University of Jönköping, and the College of Nursing

Wicozani Otipi – a place of wellness and wholeness


SDSU College of Nursing in Rapid City strives to maintain a permanent and prominent Native American presence that incorporates and supports the success of future Native nurses and leaders through recruitment, encouragement, mentoring, service, and the fostering of community. Wicozani Otipi was established to support incoming and current students in navigating the college experience and to create a sense of belonging.

Like a “home away from home”, students can utilize Wicozani Otipi as a home base from which they can integrate into the larger university community yet be able to retain their cultural independence. Programs and socials are hosted regularly and the doors are open as a place to study, socialize, eat lunch, or to simply relax.

Core Values of Wicozani Otipi:

  1. Nurturing individual and community wholeness through collaboration, family, kinship, mentoring and spirituality.
  2. Sustaining cultural connection for students by providing educational, social and spiritual activities.
  3. Promoting understanding and appreciation of diversity.