Pathway to Innovation

We provide students with unique search experiences through the Pathway to Innovation program.

The program enhances student skills in research and scientific inquiry. Such skills are required for high-impact nursing practice and for entrance and completion of graduate studies in nursing. The Pathway to Innovation is a 240-hour focused program that provides students with a valuable opportunity to confirm a strong interest in research. The student may complete the 24 hours over one summer or spread out over two to three semesters.

Research Mentor

Faculty members mentor and guide students toward developing and implementing an independent project.

Delight (Chizoba) Obiozor, a nursing student entering her third semester, is currently enrolled in the Pathway to Innovation program. She is working with faculty mentor Sabina Kupershmidt, Ph.D., to conduct a health needs assessment for immigrant populations in southeastern South Dakota. To prepare for this project, Delight is getting an introduction into the ethics of Human Subjects Research during the summer semester.

Research Activities

Nursing students enrolled in NS321 have the opportunity to participate in a research project entitled "Enrichment of Research Education and Clinical Practice for Undergraduate Nursing Students Through Meaningful Research." Students are testing the hypothesis that yoga breathing (pranayama), improves lung volume in healthy volunteers compared to no care during a six-week course of treatment.

Nursing students have the opportunity to be trained and certified as First Steps® Advanced Care Planning (ACP) Facilitators according to the Gundersen Respecting Choices® model. After earning a certificate, students teach ACP workshop in their community and assist in evaluating the programs' impact on learners.

Other Activities

During the program, students will have the opportunity to be involved in several professional development activities. These include but are not limited to:

  • Data collection and management
  • Data analysis
  • Publications
  • Presentations
  • Journal club
  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Research committee