Nurses play a pivotal role in patient care as part of an interprofessional health care team.

USD Nursing is the only program in the state that is part of a School of Health Sciences and Division of Health Affairs, which includes 10 health science disciplines and the School of Medicine. This is critical as new national standards are calling for students to learn in interprofessional environments. We are uniquely situated to offer rich opportunities for students to have experiences learning in interprofessional teams. Interprofessional education opportunities are incorporated throughout the program.

In addition to an academic advisor, each student is assigned a faculty mentor who will connect with the student on a personal level throughout the program of study to facilitate the student's higher level of achievement and formation of a professional identity.

Our program gives students opportunities to engage in evidence-based practice and interprofessional research projects. We foster an understanding and respect for variations and complexities of care in the context of rural health nursing. Our students can participate in service learning projects both at home and abroad.

More Information

  • USD Rural Conference

    Join us in the scenic Black Hills of western South Dakota for the bi-annual International Rural Nursing Conference. Abstracts will be accepted from September 15, 2015 - November 13, 2015.

  • The South Dakota Nurses Association (SDNA) recognized nurses from across the state at its 2015 Annual Convention, held this year in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. SDNA districts honored one nurse for his or her contributions to the SDNA and the nursing profession. Dr. Dawn Warren, USD Faculty member in Rapid City was awarded the District 1-3 Nurse of the Year Award. Retired faculty member at USD Nursing, PK Holmes, Vermillion was awarded the Pioneer in Nursing Award. The goal of the SDNA Annual Convention is to offer a forum for nurses to gain knowledge about clinical care, leadership, and professional practice issues and to build professional relationships. The South Dakota Nurses Association is a statewide not-for-profit professional association representing Registered Nurses in South Dakota. It is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association.
  • The Office of Nursing Research (ONR) and Evidence-based Practice (EBP) has established a professional incubator - the Pathway to Innovation program - for introducing USD students from different health disciplines to design, implement and disseminate research projects. The full article can be read in the recent South Dakotan Health magazine which is now online.

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Julian Hall Offices Location
Department of Nursing
Julian Hall Room 315
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069


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