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Regan Luken

Regan Luken

Student Services Director


Lee Medicine & Science Hall 306

Phone: (605) 658-5605



I have been a RN since 1999 and practiced in the areas of psychiatric, cardiac stress testing, and medical-surgical nursing. I have a Master's in Nursing Education and have taught since 2005. I am currently advising pre-nursing and nursing students.

Teaching Interests:

Preparation for nursing school Success in nursing school Study strategies

Research Interests:

Student/Faculty Relationship Building Effects of Intrusive Advising on Academic Success Role of Mentoring in Nursing Education Methods to Decrease Performance Anxiety


  • MS, Nursing Education, South Dakota State University, 2009
  • BS, Nursing, South Dakota State University, 2000

Licensures and Certifications:

  • Basic Life Support for Healthcare Providers (CPR & AED) Program, American Heart Association
  • Registered Nurse, State of South Dakota


  • Smart Home Technology Facilitates Telehealth & Independence, USD Governor's Technology Funds. Grant Role: Supporting. (2012 - 2013)
  • Developing Competency in Telehealth Technology, The University of South Dakota. Grant Role: Co-Principal. (2011 - 2012)

Awards and Honors:

  • Faculty Appreciation Day Award during Senior Game, USD Girls Soccer, 2010
  • Honor Society of Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau International, 2008
  • Hero of the Month Award, Sanford Hospital, 2006
  • Outstanding Faculty Member, Kappa Alpha Theta, 2004


  • Luken, Regan. Living Catastrophe Theory Leads to Future Improvements. Presented at the Nurse Tim Conference, Virtual. (August 2020)
  • Yockey, Jean, Kleinhesselink, Anne, Pithan, Anne, Varenhorst, Lisa, Smith, Emily, Luken, Regan, Hunsley, Amy. Living Catastrophe Theory Leads to Future Improvements. Presented at the Nuts&Bolts for Nurse Educators Conference, Minineapolis, MN. (August 2020)
  • Mulder, Cindy, Luken, Regan. The Nightingale Virtual Lab: A Multimedia Skills Lab. Presented at the Nineteenth Annual Nurse Educators Conference in the Rockies , Breckenridge, Colorado. (July 19, 2009)