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Pierre Campus Update

New Scholarships Established

Two new scholarships have been created to benefit students attending the USD Nursing program in Pierre. The Dr. Raymond J. Zakahi Scholarship was established to honor his memory, his tremendous contribution to healthcare in central South Dakota, and his appreciation for the work nurses do. A $1000 scholarship is awarded to one first-year and one second-year nursing student each fall. The first recipients of this award were Heather Badger and Lillian Jefferson.

Mansour Karim has established the Ruth Karim endowment fund through St. Mary's Foundation. This fund, honoring Ruth's commitment to the sanctity of life, will be used to support three scholarships for nursing students who are attending classes through USD at Capital University Center. The first Karim scholarships will be awarded in the fall of 2011.

Pierre Students Complete Service Project

Each fall, Pierre campus student s travel to Eagle Butte, South Dakota to provide a "Train the Trainers" workshop for area Community Health Representatives. During the fall 2010 presentation, faculty and students became aware of the need for an automatic electronic defibrillator (AED) in the White Horse community. Students, faculty and community members collaborated with St. Mary's Foundation to raise necessary matching funds and obtain this life-saving equipment for the people of White Horse. A new AED was installed in the White Horse Community Center in the spring of 2011.

Annette Ray Receives Excellence in Service Award

Annette Ray received USD Nursing's Excellence in Service Award for 2010-2011. Annette's exemplary service to USD Nursing includes leadership of curricular initiatives, service as a Program Course Coordinator, and development of service-learning projects. Annette's dedication to service extends beyond the University to multiple community agencies. She is currently a member of the St. Mary's Healthcare Center Partnership for Emergency Preparedness project team and has participated in the delivery of educational programs to central South Dakota Emergency Medicine providers. Annette teaches prenatal classes in the Pierre community and assists with the organization of the annual Kids Safe Saturday event. Annette is a member of the American Nurses Association, South Dakota Nurses Association, and National League for Nursing. Her commitment to service and passion for the profession makes her a tremendous role model for students. 

Partners Provide Nursing Education in Chamberlain

In response to a need for more nurses in the Chamberlain area and a strong interest among residents in health care education, the Matson Halverson Christiansen Hamilton Foundation (MHCH), Sanford Mid-Dakota Hospital and USD Nursing have developed a creative model of nursing education. In the fall of 2010, a group of pre-nursing students from the Chamberlain area began taking general education coursework required for the USD nursing program. These students began the USD Nursing program in the fall of 2011.

The MHCH Foundation provides support to students involved in the Chamberlain Pre-Nursing Cohort Pilot Program in the form of coaches, tutoring, and scholarships. All students participating in the Pilot Program are non-traditional students and have a strong interest in becoming a registered nurse. Students who are accepted into the USD Nursing Program – Pierre campus will complete clinical rotations at Sanford Mid-Dakota in Chamberlain. 

Student News
  • During the spring of 2010, Pierre campus students provided assistance to St. Mary's Foundation as they delivered employee health screenings for several businesses in the Pierre-Fort. Pierre area. This is the third year this service has been provided to the Pierre area business community
  • Several Pierre campus students participated in the annual Kids Safe Saturday event held in April 2010. This event is a fun day for elementary students and focuses on a variety of safety skills. Nursing students taught safe hand washing practices.
  • During the 2010-2011 academic year, Pierre campus students completed several service projects including serving a meal at the Community Banquet, supporting children through the Angel Tree project, and assisting with the elementary school backpack program
Faculty News
  • Amy Hunsley-McTighe, Annette Ray, and Lori Koenecke presented information about simulation in nursing education at the Drexel Simulation Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in March, 2010
  • Hunsley-McTighe and Ray also collaborated with Gayle Varty from St. Mary's Healthcare Center to deliver a presentation about the iSTAN collaboration designed to provide emergency preparedness training throughout central South Dakota using a high fidelity patient simulator manikin
  • Lisa Feller was awarded the Morningside College Nursing Alumna of the year in April 2010.  She presented the keynote address, "The Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Initiative:  Reshaping Professional Identity Formation" at its annual nursing research day
  • Lisa Feller and Kathy Magorian presented information about the use of the Quality and Safety for Nursing competencies in the development of the new USD nursing curriculum at the June 2010 QSEN National Forum in Denver