Nursing Chair Haifa Samra Selected as National Fellow

Photo of Samra Haifa. Haifa Samra has been selected as a National Fellow by the American Academy of Nursing.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Haifa Abou Samra, Ph.D., R.N., chair of the University of South Dakota Department of Nursing, has been selected as a National Fellow by the American Academy of Nursing.

Samra joins other fellows who are considered leaders in education, management, practice and research related to nursing with a goal of transforming and improving America’s health system.

Samra has been at the University of South Dakota since 2014, previously serving as associate chair of research and evidence-based practice in the nursing department. She served as chair since 2016.

Samra earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences and MS nursing degree from South Dakota State University. She earned a BS nursing degree from American University, Beirut, Lebanon. She is internationally recognized for her prolific, meaningful research on neonatal care, children’s health and rural health.


USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 205 undergraduate and 73 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 17:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 17 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Michael Ewald
USD News