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Carla Dieter, Ed.D., R.N., F.N.P-B.C.,
has been named chair of the University of
South Dakota’s Department of Nursing.
Most recently, she served as the interim
chair and is an associate professor for the
Department of Nursing. She has been the
director of Nursing Education Scholarship at
USD since 2010.
Dieter has extensive teaching experience in
undergraduate and graduate education and is
an experienced family nurse practitioner. Prior
to USD, she served in various undergraduate
and graduate positions at the South Dakota
State University College of Nursing. Most
recently, as associate professor and family nurse
practitioner at Student Health Services, Dieter coordinated
the graduate Family Nurse Practitioner and Doctor of Nursing
Practice program at SDSU. Additionally, she has led faculty in
evaluating the scholarship of teaching and learning across the
nursing curriculum while at both USD and SDSU. Before her
career as a nursing educator, Dieter was a nursing staff member
at hospitals in Sioux Falls, S.D., Norfolk, Neb., Osmond, Neb.
and Omaha, Neb.
This is an exciting time to be part of the Department of
Nursing at USD because we have the capability of providing
our students with several opportunities to reach their nursing
goals,” said Dieter, who noted that as part of the School of
Health Sciences, USD Nursing offers an
associate degree in nursing on the main
campus in Vermillion and at four outreach
campuses. Additionally, USD will graduate
its first class of R.N.-B.S.N. students in
December 2012. “And USD will be taking
its strong reputation in nursing education
forward as we offer a four-year baccalaureate
degree in nursing.”
Dieter has received several awards
throughout her distinguished career, including
the Outstanding Nurse Practitioner Educator
Award from the National Organization of
Nurse Practitioners (2009), State Award for
Excellence from the American Academy of
Nurse Practitioners (2006) and the Faculty Award for Excellence
in Teaching from the SDSU College of Nursing (2003). She has
been a part of successful grant writing teams, authored several
nursing and education publications and presented at workshops
throughout North America.
She received a doctor of education degree from USD, post-
master’s certificates in the specialties of family nurse practitioner
and parent-child nursing from SDSU, a master of science degree
from SDSU, a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the
University of Nebraska Medical Center and an associate degree
in nursing from the College of St. Mary. •
Dieter Named Chair of USD Nursing
Receptions were held in early May 2012 at USD
Nursing campus locations across the state in recognition of
the department’s newest graduates. Numbers of graduates
exiting their respective campuses are as follows:
• 39
in Sioux Falls
• 38
in Rapid City
• 25
in Watertown
• 54
in Vermillion
• 22
in Pierre
These students represent the future of the nursing profession in South
Dakota and beyond. We congratulate them on their accomplishments and
wish them well as they embark on their careers in healing.
Nursing Campuses Recognize Graduates