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Beginning in spring 2012,
Lisa Feller, M.S.,
R.N., C.N.E.
has taken on a new role as the
West River nursing director for the Rapid City
and Pierre nursing campuses. Feller started
with USD Nursing in 1998 as an associate
professor, and in 2002, became the director
for the Pierre campus. She has a wide range of
experience in nursing education and has held multiple leadership
positions in acute care and public health. She is a Certified Nurse
Educator through the National League for Nursing and has
been directly involved in program endeavors involving curricular
design and implementation of simulation. Feller has also been
involved in national nursing initiatives, including the Robert
Wood Johnson Quality and Safety Education for Nurses project.
Currently, Feller is pursuing her Ed.D. in adult and higher
education and anticipates completion in 2014.
Annette Ray, M.S.N., R.N., C.N.E.
the NLN Certified Nursing Educator
credential in the fall of 2011. According to
the NLN, “Certification communicates to
students, peers and the academic and health
care communities that the highest standards of
excellence are being met.”
Jody Serfling, M.S.N., R.N.,
a poster presentation, “A Pilot Test of
Delegation and Prioritization Skills in New
Graduate Nurses Using a Multiple Patient
Simulation” at the 23rd Nursing Scholarship
Conference in Sioux Falls in March 2012.
Chris Tesch, M.S.N., R.N.
serves as chair of
the Sioux Falls Area Immunization Coalition.
She reported that adolescent immunization
rates in South Dakota are below the national
average. Tesch and the Coalition are working
to raise these rates through education activities
targeting parents and health care providers.
Connie Evenson, M.S.N,
R.N., C.N.E.
Gierach, M.S.N., R.N.,
earned re-
certification as Certified
Nurse Educators.
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Amy Jones, R.N., Ed.D.
joined the USD
Nursing faculty in August 2012. Jones is
nationally recognized for her expertise in
simulation. She brings a wealth of knowledge
and experience to the program. In addition to
simulation expertise, she also holds a public
health nursing certificate. She teaches in the
R.N.-B.S.N. program and will provide leadership for simulation
and developing nursing and health sciences interprofessional
education initiatives. She holds a doctorate of education from the
University of South Dakota, a master of science with a major in
nursing and a bachelor of science with a major in nursing, both
from South Dakota State University.
Karen Pawalek, R.N., D.N.P.
began teaching
with USD Nursing in August 2011in the
online R.N.-B.S.N. Program. Pawelek is a
Certified Acute and Adult Nurse Practitioner.
Her extensive undergraduate and graduate
teaching experience and wealth of clinical
experience bring the virtual classroom alive
with learning opportunities for students. She holds a Doctor of
Nursing Practice and a Master of Science in nursing, both from
Northeastern University in Boston and a Bachelor of Science
with a major in nursing from South Dakota State University.
Mary Alice Sawaya, R.N., Ph.D.
joined the
R.N.-B.S.N. faculty, teaching part-time online
for the R.N.-B.S.N. program. Sawaya is a
Certified Nurse Educator with a specialty in
community health nursing. She has extensive
teaching experience in community and public
health. Sawaya has a doctor of philosophy
from University of Northern Colorado, a master of science in
community health nursing from University of Portland, and a
bachelor of science with a major in nursing from South Dakota
State University.
Ellie Brooks, R.N., Ph.D.
changed roles
with USD Nursing from director of Rapid
City Campus to associate chair of academics
for nursing. She has relocated to Sioux Falls.
Brooks brings extensive background in
education administration and accreditation.
She provides oversight to the academic
processes in the nursing program and is responsible for guiding
overall development of the B.S.N. and facilitating accreditation
self-study processes. Brooks will also provide mentorship for
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