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Dawn Warren

Dawn Warren

Academic Program Site Director


RCHS 105

Phone: (605) 791-6348



I have been a nurse educator for over 25 years. I completed the Ed.D in 2014. My specialty areas are emergency and critical care.

Teaching Interests:

Nursing, especially cardiac, critical care, and emergency nursing<br>

Research Interests:

How nursing students learn best, and predictors for success in nursing school, as well as how employment affects nursing student success


  • EDD, Educational Administration, University of South Dakota, 2014
  • MS, Nursing Education, South DAkota State University, 2000

Licensures and Certifications:

  • Certified Nurse Educator, National League for Nursing
  • Certified Advanced Cardiac Life Support educator, AHA and RCRH
  • Registered Nurse, South Dakota Board of Nursing


  • The LifePak-20 Defibrillator for High Fidelity Simulations in Nursing Education, Health Affairs Medical Informatics Committee (HAMIC). (2020 - Present)
  • Enhancing Faculty Teaching and Learning via Nurse Tim webinars, FAC Committee- USD Nursing. Grant Role: Other. (2015 - 2016)


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.

  • Warren, Dawn R.. USD Department of Nursing in RC Implements Interprofessional Simulation. In S.D. Healthcare Workforce Newsletter, Sept. 2017..
  • Warren, Dawn. "Interpretation and Management of Basic Dysrhythmias", and "Care of the Patient Expreriencing Shock or Heart Failure. In Essentials of Critical Care Nursing, edited by Barbara Price. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson- Prentice Hall Nursing, 2011.

Awards and Honors:

  • 25 Years of Service Honor, USD School of Health Sciences, 2021
  • Excellence in Teaching award, by students, USD Dept of Nursing- annual excellence awards, 2020
  • Nurse Educator of the Year award, SDNA, 2018
  • Nurse of the Year, South Dakota Nurses Association, 2015
  • Excellence in Caring, USD Department of Nursing, 2015
  • USD Honor Society of Nursing, USD, 2015
  • Awarded the Harry Dykstra Memorial Scholarship, USD- EDAD division, 2013
  • South Dakota Nurses Foundation scholarship winner, South Dakota Nurses Foundation- South Dakota Nurses Association, 2013
  • Rookie of the Year, South Dakota Nurses Association, 2013
  • Nominated (did not win) for the 2013 School of Health Sciences Outstanding Faculty Award for Distinguished Service, USD School of Health Sciences, 2013
  • nominated for the SHS Outstanding Faculty Award for Distinguished Service, USD School of Health Sciences, 2013
  • Excellence in Teaching, USD Department of Nursing, 2011


  • Warren, Dawn. What Registered Nurses Do and how to become one. Presented at the SDSM&T Women in Science & Engineering conference, Rapid City, SD. (March 6, 2018)
  • Warren, Dawn, Gibbon, Lisa. Submitted Abstract- Title: Bringing Interprofessional Education in a Rural State to New Heights- NOT ACCEPTED. Presented at the Collaborating Across Borders VI 2017 Conference, Banff, Canada. (February 2017)
  • Warren, Dawn, Gibbon, Lisa, Johnson, Nicole, Matthew, Simmons, Shaye, Krcil. "Implementing Interprofessional Education 360 Miles from Campus? ... No Problem!. Presented at the 2016 International Rural Nursing Conference, Rapid City, SD. (July 2016)
  • Warren, Dawn, Simmons, Matthew. "Ethics and Interprofessional Education Simulation: The implementation of a simulation/seminar format to teach the ethics of the nurse/physician relationship with nursing and medical students". Presented at the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, San Diego, CA. (January 2016)
  • Warren, Dawn. Simulation Champion Team: Strategy for Effective FAculty Involvement. Presented at the INACLS conference, Atlanta, GA. (June 2015)
  • Warren, Dawn. Welcome to 2014! The reality that today's nursing students are usually employed, the relationship employment has on GPA, and methods/strategies to help them succeed. Presented at the 2014 Nurse Educator Conference in the Rockies, Breckenridge, Colorado. (July 18, 2014)
  • JohnsonAnderson, Heidi, Warren, Dawn, Ray, Annette, Kleinhesselink, Anne. Simulation Development Utilizing a User-Friendly Template. Presented at the CAE Healthcare's Simulation in Rural America, Sioux Falls, SD. (October 10, 2012)
  • Warren, Dawn, Symes, Julie. Having Difficulties Dealing with Unprofessional STudent Behavior?? Try This!. Presented at the 22nd Annual Nurse Educator Conference in the Rockies, Breckenrdige, Colorado. (July 22, 2011)
  • Warren, Dawn, Symes, Julie. Just Do It! Increasing the Understadning and use of Evidence-Based Practice in Both Faculty and Students. Presented at the 22nd Annual Nurse Educators Conference in teh Rockies, Breckenridge, Colo. (July 22, 2011)