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Lee Medical Building 320
414 E. Clark St.
Vermillion, SD 57069
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8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

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Welcome to the Department of Nursing

The health care field is complex and ever changing. The nursing profession is focused on providing patients with high quality care that reflects empathy, compassion and effective communication. At USD, we strive to live our values of excellence, professionalism, relationship-centered and service as we learn together and demonstrate our commitment to excellent patient outcomes. 

Our faculty are committed to improving health care through research/scholarship, service and education. Our students learn to take a person-centered approach to care while clinical reasoning skills through clinical experiences, service learning and simulations in state-of-the-art facilities. As students at the state's leading institution for health care education, they learn with other future healthcare practitioners which prepares them to be effective members of their health care teams. Our students  graduate with confidence as they begin or advance their careers

Join our community of caregivers, researchers and change-makers in the USD Department of Nursing.

 

Programs

Meet the Department

Get to know the faculty and staff in the Department of Nursing. Our faculty are experts in their field and contribute to  research and scholarship and lead efforts in the advancement of the nursing  profession.
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Anne Pithan

Chair, Nursing/Assist Professor
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Amanda Bainbridge

DNAP Assistant Director
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Dean Cassella

Accountant
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Christine Doty

Senior Secretary
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Kelli Ebbesen

Faculty Advisor
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Lisa Feller

Associate Prof/Dir Regulatory Affairs
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Danielle Fleming

Clinical Lab Specialist
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Katie Fransen

Instructor
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Helene Hegge MSN,RN

Site Director/Instructor
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Valarie Hower

Management Analyst
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Amy Hunsley

Sioux Falls Site Dir/Instructor
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Pam Kendall

Lecturer
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Anne Kleinhesselink

Associate Chair of Academic Prog/Assist Professor
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Dawn Koch

Instructor
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Yanina Leitheiser

Program Assistant I
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Regan Luken

Student Services Director/Instructor
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Beth Melstad

Student Services Specialist
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Anneka Mikel

Instructor
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Lori Munter

Instructor
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Lesli Olson

Instructor
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Robyn Page

Instructor
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Shauna RichJacobson

DNAP Program Director
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Jeannie Rossow

Instructor
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Michele Seaton-Bertsch

Asst Advisor/Recruiter
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Barbara Stolle MS, RN CNE, CHSE

SIM Oversight/Instructor
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Lorie Truhe

Clinical Lab Specialist
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Angela Wilhelm

Senior Secretary
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Jean Yockey

Associate Professor

Known for Excellence

With qualities like small class sizes, specialized programs and incredible student opportunities, USD is not your typical university. What makes us unique is what makes your education exceptional.

Department Opportunities

Explore the variety of opportunities and resources available to nursing students.

Departments & Facilities

Explore the departments, facilities and centers housed in the Department of Nursing.
Nursing Student During a Patient Simulation.

Nursing

Our department offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in nursing, supporting today's health care workforce and delivery of quality patient care.

Nursing students conducting lab research.

Making a Difference Through Research

Our faculty and students are leaders not only in the clinical setting but also in research and scholarship. In the USD Department of Nursing, you'll find faculty who actively contribute research and scholarship to their fields, as well as students benefiting from close mentorship as they engage in research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We are proud to offer programs like the Pathway to Innovation, providing our students with opportunities to explore everything from health needs assessments for immigrant and control populations to the use of naloxone by first responders in response to opioid overdoses.
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The Region's Leader in Health Care Education

USD is home to the only comprehensive health sciences school and medical school in the state. This advantage offers our students the unique opportunity to learn and train alongside peers in a variety of disciplines – equipping them with the collaborative experiences they need to be effective members of their future patients' care teams.

We are also proud to have strong relationships with the region's leading health care providers. These partnerships offer our students invaluable opportunities for developing professional connections, getting hands-on experiences and serving their communities early in their education.
Nursing students in the community during an event.

Serving Our Communities

Our position in South Dakota offers us a unique opportunity to serve rural communities. We are committed to this service, providing our students with a variety of hands-on experiences and equipping them with the skills they need to become responsive and compassionate health care leaders poised to thrive in any environment.
 Two Nursing Students Diagnosing a Human Simulator

USD Nursing Gets $1 Million HRSA Grant

The USD Department of Nursing has been awarded a grant from Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) to increase the number of nurses in rural and under-served areas throughout South Dakota. The $1,050,000 grant will be dispersed over the next three years and will be managed by Dr.  Anne Kleinhesselink (Associate Chair of Academic Programs for Nursing ). USD Nursing will partner with rural healthcare facilities to provide students with immersive clinical experiences in rural acute care settings in which students will gain a better understanding of the complexity rural nursing and the opportunities that rural nursing offers. USD Nursing will recruit students from diverse backgrounds and underserved communities with the intention the students will go on to practice in rural communities across the state of South Dakota.


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student success story

Success story Ashley Herrity smiling.
I am learning so much about the history of this field of nursing, the more technical sides of informatics and – as always in anything we do to improve our education and/or situation – learning new valuable leadership skills. The faculty at USD has been supportive, always available and very easy to work with.

Ashley Leigh Herrity

MSN '23
B.S. Nursing '17
Senior Clinical Informatics Analyst RN, Sanford Health
Vermillion, SD


Quality Educational Experiences
 

The baccalaureate degree program in nursing at the University of South Dakota  is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, 655 K Street NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC 20001, 202-887-6791

The MSN and DNP programs in nursing are pursuing initial accreditation by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.  Applying for accreditation does not guarantee that accreditation will be granted.

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