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Carla Dieter Retires from USD Nursing

Directed Degree Upgrades at USD and Led South Dakota's Interprofessional Health Care Movement to National Prominence

Image Carla Dieter Carla Dieter has retired as chair of the USD Department of Nursing.

VERMILLION, S.D. -- Carla Dieter has retired as chair of the University of South Dakota’s Department of Nursing, a position she has held since 2011.

Dieter, Ed.D, R.N., F.N.P-B.C., guided the USD nursing program to offer four-year, bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degrees at four of the five USD nursing campuses across the state as well as an online RN-BSN. She also led USD’s effort to integrate interprofessional health care education into all 10 departments in the USD School of Health Sciences. Dieter is credited with leading health care institutions and teaching programs throughout the entire state to emphasize and advance interprofessional practices and education, and her passionate service in that regard has established South Dakota as a national leader in that field.

Interprofessional health care is widely acknowledged as the next major advance in the improvement of health care delivery. It occurs when multiple health workers from different professional backgrounds blend their expertise to provide comprehensive health services to patients, families and communities.

Michael Lawler, MSW, Ph.D., dean of the USD School of Health Sciences, described Dieter’s significant efforts on campus, in the state and across the nation. “Dr. Dieter is a national leader in nursing education and has led USD's development of the BSN and interprofessional education. We look forward to working with Dr. Dieter in her new role as professor emerita,” Lawler said.

Dieter received a doctor of education degree from USD, post-master’s certificates in family nurse practitioner specialty and parent-child nursing specialty from South Dakota State University, a master of science degree from SDSU, a bachelor of science degree in nursing from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and an associate degree in nursing from the College of St. Mary.

Prior to heading the nursing program at USD, she was director of nursing education scholarship at USD. Her career in nursing education began in various undergraduate and graduate positions at SDSU, including as an associate professor and family nurse practitioner at student health services on the Brookings, South Dakota, campus. Before her work as a nursing educator, Dieter worked as a nurse at hospitals in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Norfolk, Osmond and Omaha, Nebraska.

Haifa A. Samra, Ph.D., MSIM, RN-NIC, CNL, associate chair of research and evidence-based practice for nursing at USD, will serve as interim chair of USD nursing.

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USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
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