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.
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:

Alum Diane Smith wins 2016 INA Northwest Region’s Nurse of the Year Award

ab00e447490946e481f85784d0e8c275-aspxYANKTON — A Mount Marty College faculty member was recently recognized by the Iowa Nurses Association (INA) for her excellence in nursing practice and education. Dr. Diane Smith, MMC assistant professor of nursing, won the 2016 INA Northwest Region’s Nurse of the Year Award at the Iowa Nurses Association Annual Meeting in Ankeny, Iowa, on Oct. 14.

The Nurse of the Year Award recognizes an individual nurse who has made significant contributions to the professional advancement of nurses and improvement of the general welfare of communities and who has demonstrated leadership in the nursing profession. Smith, a recent addition to the MMC faculty and longtime nurse at Akron Mercy Medical Clinic in Akron, Iowa, received the recognition for her contributions to the expansion of nursing science as well as her commitment to her patients.

“I’m honored to receive this award and grateful to the INA for recognizing my work,” Smith says. “Nursing is such a rich and complex field, particularly in today’s world, and I look forward to continuing to serve my community, as well as my fellow nurses, through practice, research and education.”

Smith has practiced as a registered nurse in Orange City, Hawarden and Akron, Iowa. While working at Akron Mercy Medical Clinic, where she still works on call today, she earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing followed by a master’s in nursing education from Briar Cliff University. For six years, she served as an assistant professor at Northwestern College in Orange City, where her teaching focused on informatics, mental health and community health.

In May 2015, Smith earned her Ph.D. in nursing from South Dakota State University.

“My graduate and post-doctoral research focus has been the history of Catholic religious in nursing, exposing greater understanding of professional identity and expansion of nursing science while giving insight into the past, present and future of nursing,” Smith says.

This fall, Smith joined MMC, where she serves as assistant professor of nursing with a focus in contemporary health with a Benedictine education and mission to prepare students for a contemporary world of work, service to human community and personal growth.