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Cheryl Fischbach

Cheryl Fischbach



LATI 119

Phone: (605) 202-1877



Dr. Fischbach has been in nursing education with USD for the past 25 years. Her teaching experience includes teaching in both the traditional and online settings in both undergraduate and graduate nursing. She is a Certified Advance Care Planning Instructor and a member of the National League for Nursing and Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society Omega Beta Chapter.

Teaching Interests:

Health systems leadership, health policy, and evidence-based practice.

Research Interests:

Advance Care Planning and End-of-Life issues


  • Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Health Systems Leadership, Chamberlain College of Nursing, 2016
  • MS, Nursing Education/Administration, University of Phoenix, 2005
  • BS, Nursing, Mt. Marty College, 2001
  • Diploma in Nursing, Nursing, Sioux Valley Hospital School of Nursing, 1981

Licensures and Certifications:

  • End-of-Life Nursing Consortium (ELNEC) Trainer, City of Hope and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • CITI Training regarding Human Subjects Research, University of South Dakota
  • First Steps ACP Instructor Certification, Respecting Choices Gundersen Heath Systems
  • Certified First Steps Advance Care Planning Facilitator, Gundersen Heath Systems
  • Registered Nurse Minnesota
  • Registered Nurse South Dakota
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification, American Red Cross


  • Advance Care Planning Sparks Quality Conversations about Palliative Care ECHO, Bush Foundation. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2020 - 2022)
  • Lighting a SPARK (Serving Underserved Populations through Advance Care Planning, Respect and Knowledge) in South Dakota., Bush Foundation. (2017 - 2019)
  • Advance Care Planning in South Dakota: Engaging Interprofessional Teams to Implement Quality Conversations, USD. Grant Role: Supporting. (2016 - 2017)
  • Breast Health Awareness for Young Women, $3,500 Grant - primary writer, Susan G. Komen Foundation. Grant Role: Principal. (2010 - 2011)
  • Mobile Computing Initiative Best Practices, $1,900 Grant, Center for Teaching and Learning. Grant Role: Principal. (2011)
  • Mobile Computing Initiative Best Practices, $2,800 Grant - one of two primary writers, Center for Teaching and Learning - USD. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2010)


Citations listed below are presented in a standardized, modified format for display purposes only. They do not necessarily reflect the preferred style and conventions of the faculty member or discipline.

  • Kupershmidt, Sabina, Hegge, Helene, Abou Samra, Haifa, Fischbach, Cheryl, Dieter, Carla, and Lucas Molitor, Whitney. Comparing the Efficacy of Interprofessional versus Single Profession Teams in Promoting Quality Conversations About Advance Care Planning, 1-11. Vol. 4, Iss. 2. Health, Interprofessional Practice, and Education, 2021.
  • Kupershmidt, Sabina, Fischbach, Cheryl, Hegge, Helene, Abou Samra, Haifa, Penisten, Linda, and Dieter, Carla. Nurse Educators Establish and Evaluate Community Coalition to Promote Statewide Advance Care Planning Though RE-AIM. Edited by Betty Rolling Ferrell, 305 - 311. Vol. 22, Iss. 4. Philadelphia, PA: Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing, 2020. (DOI: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000662)
  • Brown, Robin, Falkingham, Eleanor, Cheryl, Fischbach, and Heidi, Schmidt. Meeting Nursing Shortage Needs Through Educational Partnerships: LPN to RN Under One Roof, 44-48. Vol. 18, Iss. 1. SAGE Publishing, 2005. (DOI: 10.1177/1084822305279607)
  • Fischbach, Cheryl. Pharmacology For Headaches, Pharmacology For Nursing Practice: Partners in Therapeutic Care. In Pharmacology For Nursing Practice: Partners in Therapeutic Care, edited by Kimberly Hooker. Vol. 1. Burr Ridge, Il: McGraw-Hill Higher Education.
  • Fischbach, Cheryl. Review of Table of Contents for new Edition Textbook. In Pharmacology for Nursing Practice: Partners in Therapeutic Care., edited by Kimberly Hooker. Burr Ridge, Illinois: McGraw-Hill.

Awards and Honors:

  • Excellence in Teaching, USD Nursing, 2020
  • Student Nominated Award of Excellence in Caring - Honorable mention, USD Nursing Students, 2020
  • Student Nominated Award of Excellence in Teaching - Honorable mention, USD Nursing Students, 2020
  • #3 Ranked Online RN to BSN Program in South Dakota, Registered, 2020
  • Nominated for Excellence in Spirit of Caring Award and Excellence in Service 2018, USD Nursing, 2018
  • USD's Online RN to BSN Program top-rated in Dakotas, College Choice, 2017
  • Nominated for Nursing Excellence Award 2011, USD Nursing, 2011
  • Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society, 2005


  • Fischbach, Cheryl. Advance Care Planning- Next Steps?. Presented at the Giving Care, Taking Care, online. (November 19, 2020)
  • Fischbach, Cheryl L.. Nurse Educators Create Community Partnerships to Promote Advance Care Planning. Presented at the 2018 Midwest Interprofessional Practice, Education, and Research Conference, Grand Rapids, MI. (September 20, 2018)
  • Fischbach, Cheryl L.. The Elephant in the Room - Advance Care Planning in Long Term Care. Presented at the 41st Annual Research Conference, Minneaoplis, MN. (April 8, 2017)
  • Dieter, Carla, Fischbach, Cheryl, Hegge, Helene, Kupershmidt, Sabina, Abou Samra, Haifa, Bloom, Katherine. Advance Care Planning in South Dakota: Engaging Interprofessional Teams to Implement Quality Conversations. Presented at the 2016 International Rural Nursing Conference, Rapid City, SD. (July 19, 2016)
  • Fischbach, Cheryl L., Hegge, Helene. "Advance Care Planning". Presented at the South Dakota Nurses Association, Sioux Fall, SD. (May 12, 2016)