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USD Nursing Student Selected as South Dakota Nursing Student of the Year

Brinkley Lyon, nursing student USD nursing student Brinkley Lyon is the 2019 South Dakota Outstanding Student Nurse.

VERMILLION, S.D. – Brinkley Lyon, a senior nursing student at the University of South Dakota, has been selected as South Dakota’s Outstanding Student Nurse for 2019. She was honored at the state’s annual gathering of nursing students, held earlier this month, with seven different higher education nursing institutions represented.

Lyon, a graduate of Riggs High School in Pierre, South Dakota, currently serves as president of the South Dakota Student Nursing Association and recently represented South Dakota at the National Student Nursing Association convention in Tennessee. She is credited with presenting and helping gain passage of a health care resolution at the national gathering encouraging lead screening for the public. She served as president of the USD affiliate for the state student nursing group in 2017-2018, and during her service to the USD and statewide student nursing association she has achieved the dean’s list four times.

Lyon is the second USD nursing student to receive this prestigious award in three years.


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
USD News