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.

From AANP.org:

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 (http://www.aacn.nche.edu/conferences/guide).

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Students receive recognition at Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College Convocation

The College of Nursing was well represented this week at the Van D. and Barbara B. Fishback Honors College Convocation.
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Nursing students who received recognition and awards include (left to right): Allison Siver, Camille Klima, Kylee Essen, Angela (Ela) Nielsen and Kira Loftesness

Shell selected to represent SDSU at South Dakota Student Research Poster Session

image001Lauren Shell, Senior Nursing Student, has been selected to represent SDSU at the 2017 South Dakota Student Research Poster Session at the State Capitol Rotunda in Pierre, SD on March 2, 2017.

Poster title: Student Nurse Interns’ Perceptions about Spiritual Assessment

Abstract. Identifying spiritual needs of patients and families, and providing spiritual care are important aspects of nursing which are required by the Joint Commission. Spirituality, spiritual assessment, and spiritual care content in nursing curricula is crucial to effectively prepare nursing students in assessing patients’ spiritual needs and understanding implications of spiritual distress. However, little is known regarding nursing students’ perceptions about applying this knowledge in the clinical setting. This project, guided by Neuman’s Systems Model, explored student nurse interns’ perceptions about assessment of patients’ spiritual needs.  A qualitative, exploratory-descriptive approach was used with a purposive sample of 10 senior baccalaureate nursing students from a Midwestern university who participated in a summer nursing student internship. Individual 15- to 30 minute face-to-face interviews were conducted by the investigator. Interviews were recorded and transcribed verbatim. Thematic content analysis was utilized to interpret student nurse interns’ perceptions about spiritual assessment. While the student participants acknowledged the importance of spiritual assessment, two themes emerged: Logistical Uncertainty and Page to Practice. Student narratives illustrate a need for experiential learning that takes spiritual assessment curriculum content from learning to implementation. We recommend threading curriculum with faculty development that supports a skill set associated with confidence in the clinical practice of spiritual assessment.

Biography. Lauren Shell is an undergraduate student, majoring in Nursing who will graduate May, 2017. Lauren’s home town is Spirit Lake, Iowa. While pursuing a Baccalaureate degree in Nursing at SDSU, Lauren held various campus positions, including Community Assistant for the Campus Residence Halls, Chemistry Tutor at the Wintrode Student Success Center, and SDSU New Student Orientation Leader. Lauren volunteers as a member of the SDSU Honors College, South Dakota and National Student Nursing Association, and Nurses Christian Fellowship. Lauren will present her research at the Midwest Nursing Research Society (MNRS) in Minneapolis, MN in April, 2017. Upon graduation, Lauren will begin her career at Mercy Medical Center- Des Moines (Iowa), working on the cardiac/telemetry unit, and pursue graduate nursing education.

Dr. Mary Minton, Associate Dean for Graduate Nursing and Associate Professor is Lauren’s research advisor on this project.

Fall 2016 Dean’s List

To earn dean’s list distinctions in SDSU’s eight colleges, students must have completed a minimum of 12 credits and must have earned at least a 3.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Students with an asterisk received a perfect 4.0 grade point average.

To see the fall 2016 Dean’s list, visit: http://www.sdstate.edu/nursing/deans-list