Cheryl Fischbach

Cheryl Fischbach




Phone: (605) 202-1877



Cheryl has been in nursing education with USD for the past 21 years. She has experience teaching associate degree and BSN nursing students in both the traditional and online setting in a broad spectrum of lab and clinical settings. She has held many leadership roles within the nursing program chairing two governance committees for the Nursing Department and active participation in simulation and interprofessional committee work. She is a member of the National League for Nursing and USD Nursing's Honor Society.

Teaching Interests:

Medical-Surgical Nursing , Critical care nursing- cardiovascular services, health systems leadership, 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:

  • First Steps ACP Instructor Certification, Respecting Choices Gundersen Heath Systems
  • Certified First Steps Advance Care Planning Facilitator, Gundersen Heath Systems
  • CITI Training regarding Human Subjects Research, University of South Dakota
  • Registered Nurse Minnesota
  • Registered Nurse South Dakota
  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Certification, American Red Cross and Lake Area Technical Institute


  • 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.

  • 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:

  • 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 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)