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Rapid City Spotlight

 Matt Stinson Nursing Student

The Birth of Matt Stinson's Son
Inspires Career


The birth of Matt Stinson's son in 2008 was the trigger that stimulated his interest in health care as a career.  

"The care that my wife received while delivering our first child was fantastic and it inspired me to become a better person." Stinson explained. It was this experience that led him to nursing as a career.  

In addition to being a third semester student on the Rapid City campus, Stinson holds M.B.A. and B.S. degrees from the University of North Dakota. He was a retail manager for seven years and enjoyed the customer interaction and fast pace, but has always had an interest in the health care arena. Now, he is able to mesh his customer service skills with bedside manner skills as a student nurse.  

Stinson currently works as a certified nursing assistant in a long term care facility. "I didn't know what to expect going into the position, but I am coming away with a great appreciation of elder care from both the resident and family," he said. "I enjoy spending time with the residents and helping them with their daily life. I have an excellent understanding of the amount and type of work the nursing assistants perform, which I can use in my practice to become a better nurse manager."  

Stinson's love for his patients is evident in everything he does, ranging from caring for patients at the bedside to health promotion activities in the community with a variety of age groups. He has a positive attitude and approaches every new day as another opportunity to prepare for the challenges of nursing as a career and is well respected by faculty and fellow students. Stinson plans to further his education by obtaining a MSN to mesh together his M.B.A. experience with health care administration.  

Stinson originally hails from Burlington, Ontario, Canada, but moved to Rapid City in 2003 to help open a Best Buy store. After meeting his wife and moving back to Burlington for a few years, the couple returned to Rapid City in 2008.   

Stinson has some good advice to new or prospective students:  "This is your education. Take initiative to learn and have fun."