West River Nursing held a Native American Graduation Honoring Ceremony on December 9 at the new location on Mt. Rushmore Rd.
Four students and Pansy Hawk Wing gathered on November 9th for the first talking circle and meal held at 12200 Mt. Rushmore Rd. Talking circles will be held every six weeks; students are welcome to bring family or friends. Watch for the next one in January.
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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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
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:
- Nurturing individual and community wholeness through collaboration, family, kinship, mentoring and spirituality.
- Sustaining cultural connection for students by providing educational, social and spiritual activities.
- Promoting understanding and appreciation of diversity.
Twenty-seven semester five students, Deb Banik, Rebecca Leslie, Bev Warne, Robin PetersonLund and LeAnn Lamb provided 2 days of elementary health screenings and high school and middle school nursing as a career presentations on October 17th and 18th to Little Wound Schools.
Regional Health, Walmart and Wokunze Wicaske Alliance donated items such as hand sanitizers and blankets for each student.