Samra joins other fellows who are considered leaders in education, management, practice and research related to nursing with a goal of transforming and improving America’s health system.

Samra has been at the University of South Dakota since 2014, previously serving as associate chair of research and evidence-based practice in the nursing department. She served as chair since 2016.

Samra earned a Ph.D. in biological sciences and MS nursing degree from South Dakota State University. She earned a BS nursing degree from American University, Beirut, Lebanon. She is internationally recognized for her prolific, meaningful research on neonatal care, children’s health and rural health.

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