2016 South Dakota Nurses Association Convention


2016 SDNA Annual Convention

October 2–3, 2016

Ramada Suites and Conference Center

Mitchell, SD

Our Nurses Are


About Compassionate Care

When you’re a nurse at Avera, you join a team of caring

people who love their work just as much as you do.

What’s so great about our nurses?

They’re good communicators with

positive attitudes.

They’re engaged with their coworkers

and responsive to their patients.

Not to mention they lead the industry in clinical

excellence at more than 300 locations in a

five-state area.

Choosing Avera – Learn more about our exciting

career opportunities at AveraJobs.org

Avera is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, Minority/Female/Disabled/Veteran/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity

Working with and for America’s Veterans is a

privilege and we pride ourselves on the quality of

care we provide. In return for your commitment to

quality health care for our nation’s Veterans, the

VA offers an incomparable benefits package.

Up to 26 days paid vacation, accrued annually

13 days sick leave per year

10 federal holidays

Exceptional educational opportunities

We strive to hire only the BEST!

They all come together at the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System.

Applicants can apply online at www.USAJOBS.gov or VHASUXcareers@VA.gov

2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

Table of Contents

Cultural Covenant.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5

Convention Agenda.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

2016 SDNA Annual Meeting Agenda .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

Annual Meeting Minutes .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

Standing Rules.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27

2016 Candidates. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28

Executive Reports:

Presidential Address.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

Treasurer’s Report. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Executive Director’s Report .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32

Income Statement/Expense Statement.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34

District News.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37

SDNA Committee Reports

Core Issues Task Force.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Awards Committee .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

Bylaws Committee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

Education Committee .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43

Government Relations Committee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

Nominations Committee. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

N-STAT Leadership Committee.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Membership Assembly Delegates Report.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48

Annual PAC Report .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

South Dakota Nurses Foundation.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 49

South Dakota Center for Nursing Workforce.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50

Nursing Education Deans and Directors Annual Report.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

South Dakota School Nurse Association Annual Report .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53

Membership Application.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 54

Note Pages.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55



Printed and Published for the

South Dakota Nurses Association By:

Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency

517 Washington, P.O. Box 216

Cedar Falls, IA 50613

(319) 277-2414


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

Board of Directors


Term: 2015 - 2017

Margie Washnok

District 4

Cell: 380-4561 * Office: 229.8478



Vice President

Term: 2015 - 2017

Nancy Fahrenwald

District 8 & 9

Office: 688-5178



Term: 2014 - 2016

Anna Atteberry-Gustafson

District 10

Cell: 830.1145 * Office: 367-5636



Term: 2015 - 2017

Deb Fischer-Clemens

District 10

Home: 770.9265 * Office: 322.4668


Government Relations Committee

(GRC) Chair

Term: 2014 - 2016

Carrie Clausen-Hansen

District 4

Cell: 380.7320 Home: 877.3766


Core Issues Task Force Chair

Term: 2015 - 2017

Marie Cissell

District 10

Cell: 381-0170


President, District 1-3

Term: 2016 - 2018

Linda De Long

Home: 393-0247


President, District 4

Term: 2014 - 2016

Janice Noonan

Home: 605.951.3000


President, District 5-7

Term: 2013 - 2015

Pat Sudbeck

Home: 928.3202


President, District 8 & 9

Term: 2013 - 2015

Eileen Bruner

Home: 256.2338 * Office: 688.4126


President, District 10

Term: 2014 - 2016

Marian Eberhard

Home: 261.8909


President, District 11

Term: 2015 - 2017

Kathy Jorgensen

Home: 267-4260 * Cell: 660-6763


SDNA Staff

Eric Ollila

Executive Director

PO Box 1015 Pierre SD 57501

Phone: 271-7708 Fax: 888.425.3032



2016 South Dakota Nurses Association


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

I am a Nurse;

Together we are SDNA

Cultural Covenant

As nurses, SDNA members and elected/appointed officials, we need each other to create nursing’s future.

Our issues are big and require the best thinking of each and every one of us.

Therefore, we shall demonstrate through our behaviors and preparation our commitment to the spirit and purpose of SDNA.

We recognize that we are more alike than we are different, but we know that differences often lead up to better decisions.

We believe that passion is positive and confrontation is counterproductive.

We affirm the value of each person.

We shall create an atmosphere of acceptance, demonstrating care for each other, as we do our patients.

We shall listen to each other so each voice will feel heard.

We shall respect each other’s opinions.

We shall be positive and open to new possibilities.

We shall build on our past by focusing on our future.

Through consideration, collaboration, compromise and consensus we can achieve our common goals. i

If not us, who?

If not now, when?


Authored by the Ohio Nurses Association, 2009


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

Convention Agenda

Sunday, October 2, 2016

11:00 AM Registration Opens

1:00 PM – 1:15 PM Opening Ceremony

Presentation of Colors

SDNA President’s Opening Remarks

Margie Washnok

1:15 PM – 2:15 PM Keynote Address

Topic: Health Care at a Turning Point: Seizing the Opportunity

Marla Weston, PhD, RN, NEA-BC,

American Nurses Association CEO

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM Break

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Educational Breakout Sessions

Topics: A. Suicide Prevention Strategies for Nurses

Janell Christenson, APRN-BC, LAC, CT, CHPN

Suicide Prevention Coordinator,

Sioux Falls VA Health Care System

B. Antimicrobial Stewardship

Jamie Grosdidier

PharmD, Clinical Pharmacist,

Avera Queen of Peace Hospital

C. Social Media Etiquette 101: What’s #appropriate

Sunny Kapoor

Enterprise Director—Digital Strategy, Sanford Health

Karoliina Slack

Executive Director of Marketing, Sanford Health

3:45 PM – 4:00 PM Break

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM SDNA Business Meeting, all welcome

5:30 PM – 6:00 PM Social

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Banquet and Live Auction


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

Yoga scrub pants by MC 2 are so

comfortable you’ll need a pair for

home and for work. They have the

same EZ-FLEX fabric you’ve come to

love from the rest of Med Couture’s

line, with the added comfort of a knit

waistband. Front side pockets, double

cargo pockets and an extra accessory

pocket mean these pants aren’t just

stylish, they’re highly functional.

Available now at


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

Convention Agenda

Monday, October 3, 2016

7:30 AM Registration Opens

8:15 AM – 9:15 AM Keynote Address

Topic: Transforming Nursing: The Institute of Medicine’s Future of Nursing Report

Marla Weston, PhD, RN, NEA-BC,

American Nurses Association CEO

9:15 AM – 10:00 AM Nursing from the Past

Nancy Nelson, MS, RN,

Nursing Administrator, Retired

10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Exhibitor Break

10:45 PM – 11:45 AM Educational Breakout Sessions

Topics: A. Infection Prevention: Best Practices

Angela Jackley, RN,

SD Dept. of Health

B. Embracing Generational Diversity in the Work Place

Rhonda Kemmis, MA

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) Consultant and Trainer

Avera Behavioral Health Outpatient Services

C. Precision Medicine for Nurses: How we can use genetics to effectively treat our patients

Erik A. Ehli, PhD, BSN

Research Scientist, Avera Institute for Human Genetics

11:45 AM – 12:15 PM Break/Silent Auction Closing

12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Award Luncheon

Greetings from Lt. Gov. Matthew Michels

SDNA Presidential Address

Margie Washnok

Invitation to the 2017 Convention

1:15 PM – 1:30 PM Break

1:30 PM – 2:30 PM Celebration of Nursing as a Profession

Pat McGill, MA,

Motivational Speaker

2:30 PM – 2:45 PM Evaluation/Adjournment


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

Everyone Deserves A Job They Love!!

Let Us Help Today, Call 406.228.9541

• As advanced practice

registered nurses, CRNAs

practice with a high

degree of autonomy and

professional respect. As one

of the first nursing specialty

groups, CRNAs have a

long standing commitment

to high standards in

a demanding field.

• CRNAs work in every

setting in which

anesthesia is delivered.

Prairie Travelers is recruiting Traveling Healthcare

Staff in South & North Dakota, Montana

Registered Nurses (Hospital, ER, ICU, OB and LTC),

Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified Medication Aides,

Certified Nurse Aides, Full-Time and Part-Time

Prairie Traveler’s Commitment to our Staff

Excellent Wages, Health Care Benefits,

Travel Reimbursement, Annual Bonus, Paid Lodging,

Zero Assignment Cancellations, Flexible Work

Schedules, 24/7 Staff Support, Varied Work Settings

APPLY TODAY 406.228.9541

Prairie Travelers Recruitment Department

130 3rd Street South, Suite 2 • Glasgow, MT 59230

For an application or more information, visit


• CRNAs are the primary

anesthesia professionals

in rural America.

For more information

& to join us, please visit:


Member of the American

Association of Nurse Anesthetists


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

2016 SDNA Annual Meeting Agenda

I. Call to Order: Margie Washnok

Sunday, October 2 nd , 4 pm-5:30 pm

Ramada Suites & Conference Center – Mitchell, SD




Roll Call of Board of Directors: Anna Atteberry-Gustafson

Approval of the Agenda

Acceptance of Standing Rules

V. Acceptance of Cultural Covenants





Approval of October 9 th , 2015 Annual Meeting Minutes

Treasurer’s Report: Deb Fischer Clemens

Executive Director Report: Eric Ollila

District Reports

a) Districts 1-3: Linda De Long

b) District 4: Janice Noonan

c) District 5-7: Pat Sudbeck

d) District 8 and 9: Eileen Brunner

e) District 10: Marian Eberhard

f) District 11: Kathy Jorgensen

X. Committee Reports

a) Awards Committee: Joanne Tieman

b) Bylaws Committee: Charles Pugsley

c) Education Committee: Rebecca Nichols

d) Government Relations Committee: Carrie Clausen Hansen

e) Nominations Committee: Roberta Olson

f) N-STAT: Deb Fischer Clemens

g) Core Issues Task Force: Darcy Sherman Justice








Coalition and Liaison Reports

a) SDNA Political Action Committee: Julie Dangel

b) SD Nurses Foundation: Tom Stenvig

Other Reports

a) Board of Nursing Report: Gloria Damgaard

b) Center for Nursing Workforce Report: Linda Young

c) Nursing Education Deans and Directors Report: Jessica Cherenegar

d) Nurse Practitioner Association of South Dakota Report: Robin Arends

Unfinished Business

New Business

a) Tellers Report and Introduction of New Leadership

Invitation to 2017 SDNA Convention




2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

Supporting, Growing, and Collaborating with

Future and Current Nurse leaders in South Dakota.

SDONE is a great opportunity to network across

South Dakota.

$25 First time joiner annual cost

$50 Annually

For questions, contact




2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

Sponsors & Exhibitors

Avera Health

Belle Fourche Healthcare Community

Bryan College of Health Sciences

Control Technology


Horizon Health Care Inc.

Mutual of Omaha


Sally Damm Healthcare Consulting & Services LLC

South Dakota State University Nursing

Transmed - The Ultrasound Professionals

Universal Pediatrics

Yankton Rural AHEC



2016 South Dakota Nurses Association


SimpleWreath specializes in handmade, natural looking wreaths that enhance

the beauty of your home, both inside and out.

Etsy: http://www.etsy.com/shop/simplewreath

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/simplewreath

E-mail: simplewreath@gmail.com

Please enjoy

10% off with

coupon code:



2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

Annual Meeting Minutes

SDNA Annual Meeting

October 4, 2015

4:30 PM-5:30 PM CST

X President Margie Washnok Drmargie.washnok@presentation.edu

X Vice President Barb Goehring Barbara.goehring@avera.org

X Treasurer Deb Fischer Clemens deb.fischerclemens@avera.org

X Secretary Anna Atteberry-Gustafson Anna.atteberry@sdstate.edu

X GRC Chair Carrie Clausen-Hansen Carrie.clausenhansen@yahoo.com

X Priorities Task Force Chair Darcy Sherman Justice Darcy.shermanjustice@avera.org

X District 1, 2, 3 President Pat Shaver Shaverpatnurse7@gmail.com

Absent District 4 President Janice Noonan Janice.Noonan@presentation.edu

Absent District 7 President Pat Sudbeck Patricia.sudbeck@avera.org

X District 9 President Eileen Bruner Eileen.bruner@sdstate.edu

X District 10 President Marion Eberhard meberhard@sfsurgical.com


X District 11 President Kathy Jorgensen Kathy.Jorgensen@usd.edu

NPASD Representative

Robins Arends

X Executive Director-SDNA Office Eric Ollila contactus@sdnurses.org


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

Find your career today!

Search job listings in all

50 states, and filter by location

and credentials.

Browse our online database

of articles and content.

Find events for nursing

professionals in your area.

Your always-on resource for nursing jobs,

research, and events.



2016 South Dakota Nurses Association


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

Sisseton Wahpeton College

has the following vacancies:

Nursing Instructor, RN (2 positions)

Sisseton Wahpeton College has an opening for one

full-time and one part-time Nursing Instructor.

Candidates must possess a current SD nursing

license. BSN is required, Master’s Degree preferred.

Position is open until filled.

Visit our website: www.swc.tc

for a full job description and

application or contact the

HR office at 605/698-3966,

ext. 1118.

Cherry County Hospital


Full-Time RNs and CNAs

We offer a competitive wage and

benefit package.

Contact: Kathryn Renning, DON

Phone: 402-376-2525, Fax: 402-376-1627

Email: krenning@cchospital.net

Mail: Cherry County Hospital

510 North Green St. • PO Box 410

Valentine, NE 69201

Volunteers Needed!

What is SERV SD? A database of pre-registered health care

professionals who are ready to volunteer in the event of an


Who should volunteer? Everyone! All skill levels and

experience needed.

When registering with SERV SD, you can join preparedness

groups in your community.

isit us online today: SERV.SD.gov


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

We are an Assisted Living Facility that honors and respects

our residents, treating them with dignity, while providing

the highest quality of compassionate care and ensuring

each resident’s rights in their daily lives. We believe that The

Victorian is “Home” to each of our residents and that we are

here to serve them as we assist with their daily activities and

to encourage them to become part of our Community.

If you are looking for a fun place to work in the Black Hills

and love working with seniors, please give us a call!

1321 Columbus St. • Rapid City, SD 57701

Phone: 605-342-1913 • Fax: 605-348-2078



2016 South Dakota Nurses Association


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

Serving the Black Hills for 135 Years

With the only locally owned Crematorium

Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home

632 St Francis Street

Rapid City, SD 57701


RNs, LPNs, CNAs & Nursing Aides

Opportunities for full or part-time RNs, LPNs, CNAs

& Nursing Aides to join our Bethany team on all shifts

at either Bethany Home: Sioux Falls, Bethany Meadows or Bethany Home Brandon. Bethany offers

competitive wages and an excellent benefit package including: Health/ Dental Insurance; 401(K) with

employer match; Scholarship opportunities; and a Progressive, Flexible PTO program with wellness bonus.

Apply at www.mybethanyhome.org Today!

1901 S. Holly Avenue • Sioux Falls, SD 57105 • 605-338-2351 or 3012 E. Aspen Blvd. • Brandon, SD 57005 • 605-582-5200

We appreciate the

South Dakota Nurses!

Elder Inn

956 East 7th Street, Suite 1, Winner, SD 57580

(605) 842-0390

The Salem Mennonite Home, located in Freeman, SD, is a

caring place that 35-40 active seniors call “home.” We provide

24-hour care and personal services, as well as a variety of

social activities in a cozy, comfortable atmosphere.

To further your career in Assisted Living, visit

salemmennonitehome.com | 605-925-4994

Sanford Webster currently has the following

opportunity available: Registered Nurse,

this is a full time position and includes rotating shifts, weekends and holidays. This

position includes a $10,000 sign on bonus for a 2 year full time work commitment

to Sanford Hospital Webster– job code 236241.

To view a complete position description and apply

online, visit www.sanfordhealth.org and refer

to job code. Sanford Health EOE

405 Sixth Ave West • Lemmon, SD 57638 • 605-374-3871

Family owned and operated in beautiful Rapid City

(605) 348-2596 | 4120 Winfield St., Rapid City





on page 54


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

Anna Atteberry-

Gustafson, MS, RN

Digitally signed by Anna Atteberry-Gustafson, MS, RN

DN: cn=Anna Atteberry-Gustafson, MS, RN, o, ou,

email=anna.atteberry@sdstate.edu, c=US

Date: 2016.01.31 11:49:38 -06'00'


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

Convention Information

Standing Rules for the

SDNA Annual Convention Business Meetings

• Rule 1. To obtain the floor, a Member shall rise, address the Chair (“Mr. or Madam President”), give his or her name

and district and, upon recognition by the Chair, may speak.

• Rule 2. No Member shall speak in debate on any one motion or question for more than two minutes.

• Rule 3. No Member may speak more than once to a motion or question if a Member who has not spoken wishes to do so.

• Rule 4. Members shall limit their remarks to the merits of the pending motion or question.

• Rule 5. Business interrupted by a recess of the meeting shall be resumed at the next business meeting at the point

where it was interrupted.


Honorary and Commemorative Resolutions can originate from any district or by an individual member and may be brought

from the floor. The procedure for presenting Substantive Resolutions as adopted by the SDNA Board of Directors on October

7, 2012, to encourage presentation of thoughtful and constructive resolutions on the part of the Membership through

approved channels, is as follows:

Substantive Resolutions must comply with the following process and timeline:

1. Substantive Resolutions must be submitted to the SDNA Board of Directors (Board) on or before January 1st of the year

in which the resolution will be considered;

2. The Board will review any Substantive Resolution(s) that have been submitted to the Board at its regularly scheduled

winter board meeting;

3. Additional information that the Board deems appropriate may be requested. The individual submitting the Substantive

Resolution(s) must submit said information by April 1st of that year. The Board may also request that the individual

submitting the Substantive Resolution(s) appear at the regularly scheduled spring board meeting to present;

4. The Board will give final consideration to the Substantive Resolution(s) at the regularly scheduled spring board meeting;

5. Any Substantive Resolution(s) approved by the Board will be published to membership during the summer and presented

to membership at the SDNA Annual Meeting for a vote of the membership;

6. The Board will direct appropriate action of SDNA to carry out any Substantive Resolution(s) passed by membership and

will allocate appropriate resources if and when available.

Definition of Terms:

• Commemorative Resolution: deals with the commemoration of important events or developments in nursing, in specific

fields, or in government.

• Honorary Resolution: gives recognition to individuals who have made significant contributions to nursing.

• Substantive Resolution: deals with the basic principles and policies of the Association, or issues of statewide concern to

nurses as practitioners and citizens.


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

2016 Candidates


Dawn R. Warren

• School/College of Nursing: BSN,


• Area of Practice: Nursing


• Present position and place of

employment: Faculty, USD

Department of Nursing, Rapid City

• Professional Organization

Activities at District (Region),

Council, State, National Level(s)

for the past five years, including

Student Association office:

◊ SDNA District 1, 2, 3 Secretary

◊ SNA Advisor for USD Rapid City Nursing students

• Personal Statement: I have been a RN in the state of South

Dakota for over 25 years, and feel that it is critical that our

South Dakota nurses are aware of and involved in what is

happening in our state in relation to both workforce issues,

as well as legislative issues. Our profession and the healthcare

issues that affect it are constantly changing, and we need to

be at the table when those changes happen and decisions are

made. I am currently the District 1, 2, and 3 Secretary and

have also served on the SDNA Nominations Committee. I look

forward to the opportunity to serve as a SDNA Secretary.

Government Relations Committee Chair

Carrie Clausen Hansen

• School/College of Nursing:

Associate Degree in Nursing -

Presentation College; Bachelor’s

Degree in Nursing - South Dakota

State University; Masters of

Science in Nursing Education -

Walden University

• Area of Practice: Maternal Child

Health, Nursing Education,

Nursing School Accreditation

• Present position and place

of employment: Avera St Luke’s Hospital - Staff Nurse,

Perinatal Educator, NRP Instructor, PICC Team member;

Accrediting Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) -

Site Visitor; South Dakota State University - Adjunct Faculty;

Lake Area Technical Institute - Adjunct Faculty

• Professional Organization Activities at District (Region),

Council, State, National Level(s) for the past five years,

including Student Association office:

◊ SDNA - GRC Committee, By-Laws Committee,

NSTAT member

◊ Member of:

Association for Women’s Health and Neonatal

Nurses (AWHONN)

▪ American Holistic Nurse’s Association

▪ Sigma Theta Tau International

▪ SD Perinatal Association

• Personal Statement: Nursing’s involvement in the legislative

and political process is critical to our practice and our

client’s health. Awareness, advocacy, and activity in the

legislative process is crucial for today’s practitioners,

whether or not one ‘likes’ politics. I would appreciate the

opportunity to continue to serve as the GRC Chair. My

involvement on the GRC over more than 20 years has

provided me with the knowledge and experience to assure

that SDNA members are informed and involved in the


Continuing Nursing Education Committee

Heidi Pelzel

• School/College of Nursing: South

Dakota State University College of

Nursing (BSN and MSN)

• Area of Practice: Many – OB,

Med-Surg, ER

• Present position and place of

employment: South Dakota State

University College of Nursing

• Professional Organization

Activities at District (Region),

Council, State, National Level(s)

for the past five years, including Student Association office:

◊ Member of STTI, ANA/SDNA, Rural Nurse

Organization, NLN, many taskforces at SDSU

College of Nursing

◊ Maintain a Minnesota and South Dakota

Nursing License

• Personal Statement: While there are many issues that face

nurses in South Dakota and the rest of the nation, it is

important that we focus on how to provide the healthcare

field with safe, proficient nurses. A nurse is the most trusted

profession in the USA and it is crucial to maintain this

honor. As a part of the SDNA Education Committee, I will

seek to facilitate lifelong learning for the nurses of South

Dakota, to promote trusted professional nursing care for



2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

2016 Candidates

Sandra Sexton-Welling

• School/College of Nursing:

Diploma from Methodist College

of Nursing (Omaha); BSN from

University of Detroit Mercy; MSN

from Regis University (Denver,

CO); PhD from New Mexico State

University (Las Cruces)

• Area of Practice: Leadership,

Critical Care, and Case


• Present position and place of employment: Dean of Nursing,

Presentation College (Aberdeen)

• Professional Organization Activities at District (Region),

Council, State, National Level(s) for the past five years,

including Student Association office:

◊ SDNA GRC member, 2015-2016

◊ ANA member, 2013-present

◊ AACN member, 2010-present

◊ National League of Nursing Ambassador,


◊ Sigma Theta Tau member, 2006-present

• Personal Statement: Nursing has afforded me the

opportunity to promote health and prevent illness in my

patients while collaborating with other health care team

members. Participation on the SDNA Continuing Nursing

Education Committee will provide an opportunity for me to

promote the nursing profession at the state level through

the assessment, planning, implementation, and evaluation of

continuing education for South Dakota nurses. I have been

blessed to be part of the dynamic nursing profession for over

thirty years and I look forward to the opportunity to serve in

a leadership role with the SDNA.

Nominations Committee

Teri Egan

• School/College of Nursing: BS in

Nursing, University of Northern

Colorado; MS in Nursing

Education, University of Northern

Colorado; Currently a student in

the online Nursing PhD program

of the University of Wisconsin-

Milwaukee College of Nursing.

• Area of Practice: ANCC Board

certified in cardiac and vascular


• Present position and place of employment: Visiting Lecturer

of Health Services Administration, Beacom School of

Business, University of South Dakota

• Professional Organization Activities at District (Region),

Council, State, National Level(s) for the past five years,

including Student Association office:

◊ SDNA GRC member


• Personal Statement: State and federal policymakers are

currently wrestling with several pressing health care

challenges in South Dakota—health care provider shortages,

lack of insurance for some of our most vulnerable citizens,

and troubling quality of care issues at our Indian Health

Service facilities. With growing understanding of the positive

influence of nurses’ knowledge, skills and experience on

health outcomes and public recognition as the most trusted

profession fourteen years in a row, nurses’ perspectives on

these policy deliberations are both important and valued.

Working collectively through SDNA offers an outstanding

opportunity for each of us to stay informed, participate

and fulfill our professional responsibility to collaborate

“with other health professionals and the public to protect

human rights, promote health diplomacy, and reduce health

disparities.” (quoted material from ANA Ethical Code, 2015)

Darcy Sherman Justice

• School/College of Nursing:

SDSU, BS in Nursing; USD, MS in

Healthcare Administration

• Area of Practice: Nursing

Integration and Staff


• Present position and place of

employment: Currently serve

as the Director of Nursing

Integration for Avera McKennan


• Professional Organization Activities at District (Region),

Council, State, National Level(s) for the past five years,

including Student Association office:

◊ I have been actively involved in SDNA as the

Taskforce Chair and on the program planning

committee for the 2015 SDNA Convention in

Sioux Falls, SD and the District 10 Spring

Conference in 2015.

• Personal Statement: I have been actively involved in the

SDNA for over 30 years and know how much leadership

talent there is in our members. Sometimes colleagues just

need to be asked if they are interested in taking a leadership

role in the organization and encouragement that mentoring

will be provided to them. In order to carry out the important

work of the association we need excited and energetic

members who are willing to step forward in leadership roles

to take us to where we need to be in the future.

2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

2016 Candidates

Lois Tschetter

• School/College of Nursing: South

Dakota State University, BS, MS;

University of South Dakota, EdD

• Area of Practice: Nursing

Education; Clinical area,


• Present position and place of

employment: Associate Professor/

Assistant Dean for Undergraduate

Nursing, SDSU College of Nursing

• Professional Organization Activities at District (Region),

Council, State, National Level(s) for the past five years,

including Student Association office:

◊ Continuous member of SDNA/ANA since 1974;

Current Secretary – District 8&9; Past member

of State Nominations Committee and Professional

Education Council.

• Personal Statement: I am pleased to submit my name in

nomination for the State Nominations Committee. As a

member of SDNA for more than 40 years, I welcome this

opportunity to communicate with members and encourage

their participation in our organization by running for

an elected office. I am strongly committed to working to

maintain the visibility of our professional organization which

represents the largest group of health care providers in our


South Dakota has many nursing students who are actively

involved in their student organization, and I would like

to see them transition to SDNA membership and become

actively involved at the state level once they become RNs.

ANA Membership Assembly Delegate

Eileen Bruner-Halverson

• School/College of Nursing:

Mount Marty College, Yankton,

B.S.N; Masters Degree from

South Dakota State University

in Nursing Education, Geriatric

Fellowship from Hartford

Institute, National Certification in

Geriatric Nursing.

• Area of Practice: Experience in

Med-Surg, Cardiac, Geriatric

Nursing, Past DON in LTC

• Present position and place of employment: Instructor of

Nursing: Clinical, Lecturer and Advisor, South Dakota State

University, Brookings, SD.

• Professional Organization Activities at District (Region),

Council, State, National Level(s) for the past five years,

including Student Association office:

◊ Member of SDNA since 2000

◊ District 8/9 President 2005-2007, 2014-present

• Personal Statement: It seems to be standard that within

nursing organizations each and every nurse is encouraged

to voice their views and opinions and be heard. What

appears to be occurring is that the vast majority of nurses

are silent; they are not being heard; not because of lack of

opportunity, but because of their personal lack of time and

self-motivation. They are also not committed to what they

perceive as the ineffective political part of nursing. This

lack of confidence, coupled with personal apathy towards

professional organizations, is what the leadership in nursing

organizations must constantly strive to correct. In this

position I would hope to grow, to learn, and to ensure gains

in turning nurses into pro-active members of local, state and

national ANA. Thank for this opportunity.

Tom Stenvig

• School/College of Nursing: BSN,

Wayne State University, Detroit,


• Additional Professional

Education: MPH, MS, PhD, NEA-


• Area of Practice: Public Health;

Nursing Education

• Present position and place of

employment: Associate Professor,


• Professional Organization Activities at District (Region),

Council, State, National Level(s) for the past five years,

including Student Association office:

◊ Delegate, ANA Membership Assembly

◊ President, South Dakota Nurses Foundation

• Personal Statement: Having been involved with the ANA

enterprise nationally for the last 28 years, I am familiar with

the organization and current issues and priorities. Since 1988

I have served as a delegate to every ANA House of Delegates

and Membership Assembly gathering except two, and I have

experience and knowledge about how the membership should

participate in governance through Membership Assembly. If

elected, I will stay informed and be an active voice for South

Dakota membership.


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

Presidential Address

Margie Washnok APRN, MS, DNP

Over the past year I have represented SDNA at the Nursing Student of South Dakota Convention and presented information

about SDNA and ANA. I provided our SDNA brochure for all the students in attendance. I was planning to represent SDNA at the

ANA Membership Assembly in June, but because of my mother in-law’s death, I was not able to attend. Eric Ollila, our Executive

Director and Dr. Tom Stenvig represented SDNA.

In fall and spring District 4 Nurses, that I am a part of provide lunch with information about SDNA and ANA to the graduates.

In December members of District 4 provided information with the SDNA brochure for the SDSU graduates in Aberdeen. In April

I was able to be a part of providing information and the SDNA brochure for the Presentation College graduates. I, along with

members of District 4, discussed what SDNA and ANA was, the services they provide, and how important it is to be active in their

professional nursing organization.

ANA continues with the membership pilot projects and added more states to the pilot project. The states who are part of the

pilot project have noted increased membership. The board members will discuss the pilot project in August, and then bring the

information to the members at the Annual SDNA Meeting in Mitchell, SD on October 3, 2016. We will vote to apply to become

part of or not to become part of the pilot project after the ANA 2017 Membership Assembly.

I believe it is important for each SDNA member to continue mentoring new graduates and nursing students in the work places.

It is also important to continue to provide information to seasoned nurses concerning the importance of joining SDNA and ANA.

This can be accomplished by providing information about SDNA’s work during the South Dakota Legislative Session, meeting with

nursing students in your local districts. Another method is to provide updates about the Revised Code of Ethics for Nurses with

Interpretive Statements. This would not have been possible without the past and continued efforts of ANA members.

SDNA attempted to begin this process by inviting the NSASD President to our State Convention, and by obtaining a graduate

nursing student who was a member of the NSASD Board in 2015-2016. To date the graduates have not participated in SDNA.

The board welcomes ideas to entice new graduates and seasoned nurses to join SDNA alone, or SDNA and ANA. I believe it is our

responsibility ethically to implement measures to retain nurses, as well as to care for each other and our patients.

Access ANA’s website: www.nursingworld.org to obtain information about the Code of Ethics, free webinars for members, and

other valuable information. Not only does your membership provide you information from SDNA, but from ANA.

I believe 2016 SDNA Convention will be exciting, as well as a historical occasion, since we will be celebrating the 100 year of

SDNA. We will have excellent presentations, along with a time to network and learn about our past. We hope to have a variety of

documents, pictures, and items that represent the past 100 years of SDNA, and will begin to collect information etc. for the next

100 years of SDNA.


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

SDNA Treasurer’s Report

Deb Fischer-Clemens, RN, BSN, MHA

Wow! Another year has passed and, oh, by the way, the 100th birthday celebration of the South Dakota Nurses Association.

The team of planners for the convention on Oct. 2 and 3 in Mitchell are planning a big party. I would ask that each member bring

two new members to the Convention party.

As you are all aware, it is our Convention and Nurses Day at the Legislature that are the success stories for the association. We

want people to attend to learn about the association and then be active participants in the association.

As the treasurer, it is these events that also keep the bills paid. Each of you must assume responsibility to increase membership,

and thus increase our dollars so we can do even more for the nurses of South Dakota.

So, although we have seen net profits in our events, this year our numbers have been down. This has resulted in our very hopeful

budget not realizing a stellar outcome.

It is up to us to bring people to our events, start communicating dates early, because people are busy and schedules fill-in.

The June 30 budget fiscal year-to-date showed our income under budget by $11,509.32. Thanks to the fine work of Eric, our

projected expenses were down by $4,140.75 from budget. Thus the association has a net loss of $5,736.46 from budgeted for the year.

We need everyone to spread the word for all our events, so SDNA will be able to celebrate another century of nurses.

Executive Director’s Report

Eric Ollila

SDNA members should be proud of what they accomplished in 2015-2016. I saw a lot of both district leadership and leadership

development over the last year. Membership is up 9, after a healthy rise in 2014-2015.

Workshop and conference attendance were down from 2014-2015; we had good attendance, but not what we had projected. There

were conflicting events or activities during all three of our primary events, taking registration numbers down. The events were all

effective and well received by attendees, and our speakers gave effective presentations. We’re hopeful that more communication

and perhaps even programming in concert with nursing programs and hospitals will increase registered attendees in 2016-2017.

I attended two ANA events in 2015-2016, both in Washington D.C. In September of 2015 I attended ANA Lobbyist meetings,

and in June 2016 I attended ANA Membership Assembly. (I will have attended another ANA Lobbyist meeting just prior to this

2016 convention.) The ANA is seeking a closer connection with its state nurse associations, and attendance at ANA meetings is

important for the development of that connection.

A synopsis of the administrative work of the SDNA follows:

Executive Director: The Association contracts for executive director and other office/bookkeeping services. These contractual

relationships allow the Association to reduce overhead while maintaining the office and day-to-day operations. The Association is

not responsible for office equipment, utilities, maintenance, rent, etc., but is instead benefitting from a sharing of office resources.


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

Lobbying/Government Relations: During the 2016 Legislative Session, Midwest Solutions lobbied on behalf of the SDNA.

Legislative updates were emailed to SDNA members weekly to keep members apprised of the legislative issues and the current

status of bills impacting the nursing profession and SDNA members. Additionally, teleconferences were held weekly with the

Government Relations Committee to discuss bills of interest and the current status of each.

Action Alerts were emailed to membership throughout the 2016 Legislative Session. Please take action when you receive these

Action Alerts and please do so within the timeframe set forth in the Action Alert. Bills move quickly through the legislative

process. The Action Alerts are sent with instructions and a timeframe to allow SDNA members to participate in the legislative

process and impact the ultimate disposition of bills.

We work hard to ensure that SDNA’s voice is heard, but legislators need to hear from their constituents about issues important to

the nursing profession – not just during the legislative session, but throughout the year. You will never know what an impact you

can have on the legislative process until you get involved!

We would like to thank the Government Relations Committee and its chair, Carrie Clausen Hansen, along with the SDNA

members, nurses and students that participated in Nurses Day at the Legislature (NDL) or through the Action Alert process. We

appreciate your time, talents and all that you do to engage legislators on SDNA issues. We look forward to the 2017 Legislative

Session and hope to see many of you at NDL!


Newsletter: Our quarterly publication is the “South Dakota Nurse,” and we mail it to all nurses who hold a license in South

Dakota. The Association currently contracts with Arthur Davis Publishing.

Website: SDNA’s website can be found at www.sdnursesassociation.org. We continue to update content on a regular basis to reflect

current events and information. Don’t forget that we have a “Calendar of Events” with information on upcoming SDNA activities

and events. And the SDNA should have a new website by Convention, so we’ll have something new to explore.

Facebook: If you’ve not done so, please “like” the SDNA. Our Facebook “friends” continue to grow in number. We currently have

396 likes, an increase of 157 since the 2014 Convention. We routinely post event information, surveys, articles, ANA information,

etc. It’s a great way to stay informed. SDNA’s Facebook page can be found at www.facebook.com/sdnurses.

Membership: As of August 2016, the Association had 441 members, up 9 members from August 2015. We continue to reach

out to individuals whose memberships are coming up for renewal prior to, at and following the renewal period. The Association

continues to work hard to engage the next generation of nurses.

We also encourage each of you to recruit one new member a year. Are there colleagues that are not currently members of the

Association that you could recruit? Nurses need to hear from other nurses on the value of membership in SDNA. If you would like

membership applications or other membership material, please contact the office and we would be happy to provide them.

Non-Dues Revenue: Non-dues revenue accounts for much of the Association’s operating budget. The Association has developed

continuing education programs and events that benefit nurses. Event registration is important for both educational and career

development and revenue goals and factors. The Association evaluates these programming on an ongoing basis. The Board and

districts focus on presenting topics that are relevant and interesting to our members and nurses in general.


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

Budget vs Fiscal Year End Report

Fiscal Year July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016

Income Statement



2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

Budget vs Fiscal Year End Report

Fiscal Year July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016

Expense Statement



2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

Budget vs Fiscal Year End Report

Fiscal Year July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016

Expense Statement



2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

District Reports

District 1, 2, & 3

The District 1, 2, & 3 meetings were held in October and November of 2015, and January, March, April, and July of 2016 at

Minerva’s, Rapid City Regional Hospital, Perkins, all in Rapid City and the Elk Creek Steakhouse in Piedmont. Due to scheduling

conflicts with other events, our meetings were moved to the second Tuesday of the month. After holding meetings at Minerva’s

Restaurant for a period of time it was decided to move the meeting to other locations in the Rapid City area in an attempt to

attract more members to the meetings.

Our annual Dessert with the Legislators was held November 19, 2015 with a brief district meeting held in advance of the meeting

with the legislators. This event gives nurses a chance to connect with the legislators from their legislative districts, and allows the

legislators to put a name with the face of the people who call and e-mail on issues important to nurses in South Dakota.

Election of District Officers was held on January 12, 2016 and the new officers are:

President – Linda De Long

Vice President – Pat Shaver

Membership Chair – Leslie Wilkinson

Nominations Chair – Carman Timmerman

Continuing officers are:

Secretary – Dawn Warren

GRC – Linda Wolden and Sherry Bea Smith

Many thank yous to the outgoing officers for your dedication to service in the district!

Through the winter and spring much discussion occurred and planning for the celebration of 100 years of SDNA in South Dakota,

which culminated in our event held May 6, 2016 at the Premier Mortgage Center in Rapid City. Committee members were Paula

Goddard, Kris Simonds, Sherry Bea Smith, Carla Texel, Carman Timmerman, Lani White, Lesley Wilkinson, and Linda De Long.

There were approximately 60 nurses and friends in attendance who celebrated with wine, hors d’oeuvres, and cake. Several

“heirloom nurses” were in attendance as our special guests.

Once again, our district fundraising activity was to volunteer to work the entrance gates at the Central States Fair in Rapid City

August 19-27. In return for our time volunteering, SDNA received payment for our time. This has worked well as it requires little

planning and monetary outlay to raise funds for SDNA.

The next district meeting is scheduled for September 13, 2016 at Minerva’s restaurant in Rapid City. Dessert with the Legislators

will be scheduled in November with a brief district meeting prior to the event. Additional meetings will be scheduled and e-mail

reminders sent.

Respectfully submitted,

Linda De Long

District 1, 2, & 3 President


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

District Reports

District 4

District 4 met in September, October and November 2015; and January, February, May, and July 2016. Most meetings were held

on Monday evenings. Meeting location was Presentation College classroom. The district invites all members, and those looking for

membership, to the meetings. However, the district struggles, as others to have attendance at the meetings. The district president

sent out a survey to all SDNA District 4 members in 2015 regarding meeting times. The results from the survey showed the

following: Monday evenings worked best, the location of Presentation College classroom was good, and really worked out well to

follow the Sigma Theta Tau International-Rho Xi Chapter 420 meeting (since most nurses belong to both).

The District 4 nurses, in cooperation with the Sigma Theta Tau International-Rho Xi Chapter 420 members, provided “Welcome

to the Profession” brunch for South Dakota State University (Accelerated Program) Nursing graduates on December 11, 2015. The

groups provided the same “Welcome to the Profession” lunch for the Presentation College Nursing graduates on May 5, 2016. The

district plans to continue this tradition in December 2016 and in spring 2017.

Some members of District 4 attended the SDNA convention in Sioux Falls on October 4-5, 2015.

On May 5, 2016, SDNA helped sponsor a “Nurses Day Celebration” held at the Dakota Events Center (DEC) in Aberdeen, SD. The

event was open to all nursing professionals throughout the area to celebrate nurses during Nurses’ Week!

The SDNA members continue providing nursing services by volunteering to staff the First Aid Booth at the Brown County Fair,

August 16-21, 2016. This is an annual fundraiser for the district. Thank you to all the members that worked to set up the first aid

station, gather supplies, and volunteer time to staff the station during the week.

We usually take the months of May through August off for family vacations, weddings, and fairs. However, this summer, District 4

held a “potluck” and meeting in July. The meeting was hosted by the district president. We plan to resume monthly meetings in

September 2016.

The members look forward to the upcoming SDNA convention in Mitchell, SD on October 2-3, 2016. The members plan to bring

items for the live and silent auctions. Since SDNA is celebrating 100 years, members are asked to bring any photos or historical

memorabilia to the convention to share with other district members.

Respectfully submitted,

Janice Noonan, MSN, RN-District IV President

District 5-7

District 5-7

News Not Submitted


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

District Reports

District 8 & 9

While fitting in family, jobs, and a ton of other commitments our district members have also reached some of our goals within

SDNA. That being said, our actual membership numbers haven’t really increased, but the activity level of some of the membership

has. That has been a great thing!!!

Within our district, the goal of continuing education (nursing and otherwise) has always been a top priority, and this was

addressed with a number of great speakers attending and presenting at our monthly meetings. Anna Atteberry-Gustafson and Julia

Dangel presented on the importance of the GRC committee; Roberta Olson spoke on what duties the Nominations Committee

holds; Robin Brown presented her PhD dissertation research results; and on a lighter note, Carol Peterson spoke to the group

about her travels and collections.

Another specific goal that was attained was holding a meeting up in the Watertown area so those members who wish to be

active have a more acceptable driving distance. It was a good evening with new faces at the table. We are planning on continuing

working in the Watertown area.

Encouraging our new nurses to join SDNA has long been a priority of those local officers in Brookings. We did host a pizza party

for the graduating SDSU nurses during their Senior Colloquium. This lunch was covered by private donations from the members.

We took this time to congratulate the seniors and invite them to always stay active in their professional organizations. We hope to

expand this activity into other educational institutions.

Greeting to all of the other districts, and may SDNA stay strong. We need a voice.

Eileen Bruner-Halverson, President

District 10

News Not Submitted


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

District Reports

District 11

During 2015-2016 in District 11, we held several meetings that included speakers; with our goal being to increase education of

our members and any guests. During our October meeting, we heard two individuals from the state social services office discuss

“Elder Abuse” to include the new reporting laws. On October 26, our district hosted a fundraiser for the Yankton Free Clinic at the

local Pizza Ranch and earned over $580.00 for this clinic.

In December, Deb Fischer Clemens presented her discussion on Human Trafficking.

This discussion was very emotional and left all with much to contemplate.

In March of 2016, Representative Jean Hunhoff presented a discussion of the 2016 South Dakota Legislative Session. Her dialogue

was informative and thought provoking, also. Our attendance at these informative sessions was very good—to include RNs,

students and individuals from the community of Yankton and the surrounding areas.

During May, our meeting entailed a discussion as to our goals for 2016-2017. Our District also honored nurses during our

Nurses’ Week.” During the past summers, members of SDNA District 11 have assisted with the Vermillion Sack Pack program

for families of the area. The children eat a nutritious lunch at one grade school and then select food items for the weekend on a

Friday during the summer months.

We are anticipating another informative year with several speakers and presentations already secured.

Kathy Jorgensen

District 11 President


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

SDNA Committee Reports

Core Issues Task Force

The ANA has developed the following 2016-2018 Strategic Goals:

1. Increase the number and engagement of nurses with ANA.

2. Stimulate and disseminate innovation that increase recognition of the value of nursing and drives improvement in

health and health care.

3. Leverage the ANA Enterprise to position nurses as integral partners in consumers’ health and health care journeys.

The ANA Strategic Roadmap for the third goal has a short term goal for 2017 “Launch a nationwide campaign to improve

the health of nurses and the nation.” There will be a campaign that will be launched to meet this goal coming from the ANA

with ideas about how to be involved with the campaign to improve the health of the nurse. The four key areas will be sleep,

rest, nutrition, and the quality of life. ANA has already established a Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation TM site (nursingworld.org/

MainMenuCategories/WorkplaceSafety/Healthy-Nurse) which has many resources that can help all members with ideas on how

to reach individual goals of health.

As this campaign is launched, SDNA members will have the opportunity to work with ANA on this initiative. ANA published the

preliminary findings of the Health Risk Appraisal that was conducted on-line as the ANA HRA Executive Summary. Data was

obtained from 3,765 participants for October 2013-October 2014. The summary found many positive areas as well as the usual

areas of health concerns of high BMI’s and poor nutritional intake. The survey is still available at anahra.org and you have the

opportunity to complete this survey (anahra.org).

As the SDNA Task Force Chair, I am inviting SDNA members to become a member of a Core Issues Task Force committee to put

together a plan of action to meet goal number three. The work would take place over the next year and would be a short term

commitment. I would like to have representation from all of the districts. Contact marieanncissell@gmail.com or South Dakota

Nurses Association contactus@sdnurses.org if you are interested.

Joanne Tieman, Chair

SDNA gives awards in the following areas:

1. Distinguished Service

2. District Nurse of the Year

3. Joy of Nursing

4. The Nurse Educator

5. Nursing Practice

6. Pioneer in Nursing

7. Rookie of the Year

8. SDNA Hall of Fame

Awards Committee

District Nurse of the Year award for each district is chosen by that district. The President of each district must submit the

nominee by August 1. There are specific criteria for each one which can be found on the SDNA website, www.sdnurses.org. Each

nominee must be a SDNA member. This is a wonderful opportunity to recognize fellow nurses who are doing an outstanding

job in their jobs and communities. Nominators much provide narrative statements describing the nominee’s compliance with

established criteria for the awards. The Awards Committee considers all nominations and informs the SDNA Board of Directors of

the award recipients. Award recipients are invited to attend the SDNA Convention for presentation of awards. If an award recipient

cannot be present, the presentation is made in absentia.


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

SDNA Committee Reports

Charles Pugsley RN, Chair

August 2016

Bylaws Committee

The Bylaws Committee consists of at least five SDNA members, appointed by the SDNA Board for two-year terms,

with three members appointed in odd years, and two members appointed in even years. The current Bylaws

Committee information is listed in the table below.

SDNA Bylaws review occurs in even years. The last SDNA Bylaws revisions were presented and approved at the

annual meeting of the 2014 SDNA Convention.


Role Name Address District Home Phone Work














198 Southshore Dr.

Mina, SD 57451

1303 Wahpeton Pass

Brookings, SD 57006

4916 S. Galway Ave.

Sioux Falls, SD 57106

Email Address





4 605-431-5026 626-4300 cxpugsley@gmail.com 2014 2016

9 605-692-8533 688-5178


10 605-271-5060 322-2600

1721 S Menlo Ave 10 605-336-9722 333-6807







2015 2017

2014 2016

2015 2017



2016 SDNA Proposed Bylaws Changes, All Required by ANA



Section 3. Qualifications

An individual who is qualified for Membership is one:

a. Who has been granted a license to practice as a registered nurse in at least one state, territory, possession, or the

District of Columbia of the United States and who does not have a license under suspension or revocation in any

state, or one who has completed a nursing education program and is qualified to take the state recognized exam

for registered nurse licensure as a first time writer or is otherwise entitled by law to practice;

Section 6. Member Rights

a. SDNA/ANA Members. In accordance with these Bylaws and relevant sections of the ANA Bylaws, SDNA/ANA

Members shall have the right to:

1. Participate in the elections of the SDNA Board of Directors, with exception of the President and Vice-

President, the SDNA Nominations Committee, the SDNA Delegates to the ANA Membership Assembly, one

SDNA District Leadership Team, and the Core Issues Task Force Chair;


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

SDNA Committee Reports

Article IX

Representation at ANA Meetings

Section 1. ANA Membership Assembly

a. Delegates and Alternate Delegates to the ANA Membership Assembly shall be elected from the SDNA/ANA

members for staggered two-year terms in accordance with ARTICLE XI of these Bylaws.

b. The SDNA President, by virtue of his or her election to office, shall serve as a delegate Representative to the

ANA Membership Assembly. The SDNA Vice President, by virtue of his or her election to office, shall serve as the

Alternate Delegate Representative to the ANA Membership Assembly. If both the President and Vice President are

unable to attend the Membership Assembly, the Alternate Representatives Delegate shall be a member of the Board

appointed by the Board attend.

c. The remaining Delegate Alternate Representatives to the Membership Assembly shall be elected at large from

among SDNA/ANA members by SDNA/ANA members. The candidates for Delegate Alternate Representative to the

ANA Membership Assembly with the next highest number of votes shall be declared elected as Alternate Delegate

Representatives. Vacancies in the Alternate Delegate Representatives positions may be filled by action of the Board

selecting the candidate with next highest number of votes.

Section 4. Procedure for Nomination and Election

a. Voting on all positions identified in Section 4a is open to all SDNA Members in good standing with the exception

of voting for (4.a.6.) Board of Directors District Directors, in which case voting is restricted to members holding

membership in the Districts represented by the respective position, and (4.a.1) President, (4.a.2) Vice- President and

(4.a.8 9) Delegates Representatives to the ANA Membership Assembly, in which case voting is restricted to SDNA/

ANA Members.The Nominations Committee shall review names of potential candidates submitted and

prepare a ballot for open positions, endeavoring to present at least two nominees for each position to be

filled, and providing space for write-in candidates for uncontested races;

Becky Nichols, RN, MSN, CCNS, ANP-BC

Education Committee Annual Report 2016

SDNA is an approved provider of continuing education. We continue to work hard to provide registered nurses across SD the

opportunities for continuing education at events such as Nurses Day at the Legislature, Spring Workshop and Annual Convention.

This year the education committee conducted a needs assessment of the members in order to develop goals that meet the needs of

our members. The survey questions focused on membership attendance at provided events, why or why not the members attend

the sponsored events and recommendations for future topics. Excellent information was obtained to help the guide the education

that SDNA provides as well as open up ideas on how to increase membership attendance at events. Here is a summary of the

survey findings.

Have you ever attended SDNA’s Nurses Day at the Legislature (held annually in


Answer Options





Yes 62.5% 50

No 37.5% 30


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

SDNA Committee Reports

If you answered no; you have not attended a Nurses Day at the Legislature, please tell us

why have you not attended. More than one answer allowed.

Answer Options





Distance 53.3% 16

Cost 33.3% 10

Not interested in topic/not relevant to practice area 3.3% 1

Other (please specify) 60.0% 18

Have you ever attended Spring Workshop (held annually in April/May)?

Answer Options





Yes 61.3% 49

No 38.8% 31

If you have answered no; you have not attended Spring Workshop. Why have you not

attended? More than one answer allowed.

Answer Options





Distance 25.8% 8

Cost 16.1% 5

Not interested in topics/topics are not relevant to

practice area

22.6% 7

Other (please specify) 58.1% 18

Have you ever attended the SDNA Annual Convention (held annually in October)?

Answer Options





Yes 80.0% 64

No 20.0% 16

If you have answered no, you have not attended SDNA Annual Convention. Why have you

not attended? More than one answer allowed.

Answer Options





Distance 18.8% 3

Cost 12.5% 2

Not interested in topics/topics are not relevant to

practice area

18.8% 3

Other (please specify) 75.0% 12


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

SDNA Committee Reports

For what reasons do you attend educational events sponsored by the SDNA? More than

one answer allowed.

Answer Options





Continuing education credits necessary for certification

or job

43.8% 35

Learn about new practices or strengthen prior learning 67.5% 54

Network with peers 70.0% 56

Inexpensive to attend 22.5% 18

Quality speakers/education 55.0% 44

Question does not apply. I do not attend SDNA-sponsored


11.3% 9

Other (please specify) 11.3% 9

Do you feel the SDNA provides education that is unbiased and conflict-free?

Answer Options





Yes 87.5% 70

Question does not apply. I do not attend SDNA-sponsored


11.3% 9

No (please provide an example as to why you feel this


1.3% 1

How do you prefer to receive continuing education? More than one answer allowed.

Answer Options





Live conferences 88.6% 70

Journals or other printed materials 49.4% 39

Internet 65.8% 52

Other (please describe) 5.1% 4

What topics of are of most interest to you? More than one answer allowed.

Answer Options





Professional practice 81.0% 64

Nursing education 55.7% 44

Clinical practice 77.2% 61

Nursing legislation 57.0% 45

Nursing ethics 63.3% 50

Other (please describe) 7.6% 6


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

SDNA Committee Reports

For a full list of the suggestions offered for continuing education, please contact Eric at the SDNA office for a copy.

The continuing education committee continues to look for a Primary Nurse Planner. This person is a member who actively

practices in academia and/or continuing education and who has a baccalaureate or higher degree in nursing. The will be Boardappointed

to chair the committee for a 4 year term. The PNP may be re-appointed for an unlimited number of terms. The

PNP is responsible for assessment, planning, implementation and evaluation of continuing education activities and to provide

oversight and guidance in managing the SDNA Approved Provider Unit. They provide assurance that the ANCC Commission on

Accreditation standards and guidelines are utilized in planning continuing education activities for nurses and serve as a resource

for Districts, Members, and others on CNE activities and issues. The PNP will identify and guide the members of the planning

committee to do the following: develop educational objectives, ensure quality of the educational event including appropriate

presenters, and resolve any conflicts of interests. The PNP is the chair of the continuing educations committee and must remain

current on CNE criteria and help guide the committee to determine structural capacity, educational design, and quality outcomes

for the provider unit based upon evaluation of the SDNA Needs Assessment data. If you are interest in the PNP position, contact

Eric at the SDNA office or Rebecca McDugle for more information.

Carrie Clausen Hansen

Government Relations Committee

The Government Relations Committee uses the SDNA Health Policy Agenda to guide decisions regarding support or opposition

of legislation. We met weekly via phone conference during the 2016 Legislative Session to review Bills and determine SDNA’s

position on them. We followed over 35 bills that had potential to impact nurses, and/or nursing practice and/or the health of SD

citizens. The status of these Bills was shared with all SDNA members through weekly Legislative Updates.

Communication about the need for Legislator contact was sent via email when specific Bills were scheduled for Committee

Hearing or to be discussed on the House or Senate floor. Talking points that supported the SDNA position were developed and

shared with SDNA members to assist in their lobbying efforts.

The GRC also planned NDL. This annual event is important to develop and maintain relationships with our Legislators and

educate them about health care issues and express our appreciation for their work. This activity also serves as a platform to

educate nurses and nursing students about the policy making process and the critical role that nurses play. In addition, we have

been able to hear an update from the Secretaries of the Department of Health and Department of Social Services. We appreciate

these partners in health care providing t annual updates to the attendees at NDL.

Each District in SDNA is asked to elect at least one member to serve on the GRC. At this time we have some areas of the state

without representation. Please consider this opportunity to assist us. We would love to have you work with us.

I want to thank the members of the GRC for their commitment to the policy making process and assuring that our Legislators are

informed about nursing issues and how health care policy impacts South Dakota citizens. I especially want to acknowledge and

thank Eric Ollila, our Executive Director, Brittany Novotny and Jennifer Stalley who served as Lobbyists and provided updates to

us. We appreciate their expertise in policy making and lobbying. The GRC would not be able to accomplish all we do without their

guidance and expertise.

No matter what your perception of politics, all nurses have a responsibility to be informed and active regarding policy that impacts

our practice and the health of citizens we care for. I appreciate the opportunity to serve as GRC Chair and look forward to the next

Legislative Session.


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

SDNA Committee Reports

Roberta K. Olson, Chair

Nominations Committee Report

SDNA members were notified via e-mail and the South Dakota Nurse in the spring about leadership opportunities available

for election in 2016. Members were invited to submit nomination materials. Roberta Olson, Committee Chair, contacted each

District President to solicit nominations of active members in the District. In addition, the Districts were divided up so that each

Nomination Committee Member had a specific district to follow up with and make additional calls for nominations.

The committee met in May and June via conference calls to share information on interested nominees, fill in the open positions

and finalize the ballot. Thanks go to Nominations Committee members Gina Mehlhaff, Linda Burdette, Paula Goddard and SDNA

Executive Director, Eric Ollila for constructing the ballot. Dawn Warren was a member of the committee, but with support from

the SDNA Executive Committee, she resigned from the nomination committee in order to put her name in for the office of


2016 SDNA Ballot:

Secretary – Dawn Warren (D-1/2/3)

PAC Chair – Carrie Clausen Hansen (D-4)

Continuing Education Committee (1):

Sandra Welling (D-4)

Heidi Pelzel (D-8/9)

Nominations Committee (3):

Lois Tschetter (D 8-9)

Darcy Sherman-Justice (D-10)

Teri Egan (D-11)

ANA Delegate (1) member at large:

Tom Stenvig (D 8-9)

Eileen Bruner Halverson (D 8-9)

Roberta Olson, Dawn Warren, and Gina Mehlhaff rotate off the Nominations Committee. Linda Burdette and Paula Goddard and

the three newly elected members will serve in 2017. Linda Burdette will serve as Chair. Thanks to each of you for your service in

this capacity to SDNA.

Deb Fischer-Clemens, RN, BSN, MHA

Nurses’ Strategic Action Team (N-STAT) Update

Election 2016: Nurses can and must use their voices and their votes!

As members of the most trusted profession in the United States, nurses can wield much political influence with candidates.

The bedside nurse providing direct care sees the impact of health care policies on their patients and how it affects the ability to

provide care. Nurses see how rules, regulations and laws impact the providers, as well as the facilities and the organizations that

employ nurses.

The impact we have to lead change right now is immense and will play a critical role in the changing health care landscape.


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

SDNA Committee Reports

The best place to meet candidates and politicians is on their home ground. Seek out opportunities to visit with them, be at events,

set up an appointment or invite them to an SDNA event.

Seek out and learn the positions of both SDNA and ANA on the issues. Check out the websites for information: SDNA’s website is

www.sdnursesassociation.org and ANA’s is www.nursingworld.org.

Nurses can influence policy at any level, whether it is at the bedside, the boardroom or in their communities,” stated Nickitas. “I

believe that nurses have the obligation to serve the health of our society, and we need to know about the issues and the regulatory

agencies that oversee our professions and make sure that we are advocating in a responsible and responsive way.”

“And in a final word, VOTE!” urged Kelly Hancock, MSN ,RN, NE-BC. “The importance of voting – and for that matter, making

sure you are registered to vote – cannot be emphasized enough.”

Tom Stenvig and Eric Ollila

2016 ANA Membership Assembly Report

We had the opportunity to represent SDNA at the annual ANA Membership Assembly meeting on June 24-25 in Washington, DC.

This was the fourth annual meeting of the ANA Membership Assembly under the new structure created in 2012. The meeting

commemorated ANA’s 120 th anniversary, and of particular note, all nine living past ANA presidents were present at some portion

of the meeting! The meeting focused heavily on a culture of safety, healthy nurses, and ethics with the main theme of strengthening

nursing’s ability to partner closely with consumers. The two days of business included the following highlights:

• Outcomes of two dialogue forums provided input to ANA’s Reference Committee in recommending ANA positions and

policy on three topics:

o Nursing Advocacy for Sexual Minority and Gender Diverse Populations

o Dealing with Substance Abuse Disorder in Nursing

• The Membership Assembly heard, discussed, and approved Reference Committee reports establishing ANA’s policies and

positions on both these topics.

• There was continued discussion on membership pricing pilots (value pricing pilot or VPP) authorized by bylaws amendments

several years ago. Outcomes in pilot states to date provide evidence demonstrating how an annual dues decrease

to $174 (ANA and SNA combined) resulted in membership increases to maximize membership and revenue growth. Action

was taken to authorize pilots in additional states. SDNA is eligible to participate in a VPP, and we anticipate discussion

concerning this at the 2016 SDNA convention in October.

• The dues escalator through 2016 shall not be implemented while the VPP is in progress.

• In 2015, the Membership Assembly approved bylaws changes to continue the Membership Assembly business meeting

in its current structure through 2017, and approved another measure that creates a Leadership Council. That advisory

body, composed of presidents, chief staff officers or their designees from each constituent/state nurses association and

the Individual Member Division, is expected to consult and collaborate with the ANA board on issues affecting the C/

SNAs and the IMD. The inaugural meeting is planned for the fall of 2016. At this Membership Assembly meeting there

was a strategic discussion about roles, responsibilities, and respective authorities of the Membership Assembly and the

Leadership Council as to how each entity will best meet association needs while avoiding duplication and making effective

use of ANA’s resources.

• ANA has trademarked a new Healthy Nurse, Healthy Nation Grand Challenge initiative to improve the health of nurses

and the nation focused on four areas – sleep, rest, nutrition, and quality of life. There are opportunities for individual

nurses, employers, SNAs, and specialty organizations to get involved. More information is expected from ANA prior to

the launch in January, 2017.


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

SDNA Committee Reports

• SDNA received special recognition and was presented a plaque in the business session to celebrate SDNA’s centennial.

• In the wake of the Orlando, FL, shootings, Assembly representatives adopted a declaration calling for sensible gun

control measures, including one that lifts a ban on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from studying gun


• Elections were held for several board and Nominations and Elections Committee positions. Pam Cipriano was re-elected

to a second two-year term as President.

Overall, this was a very productive meeting reflecting organizational changes in which ANA has emerged as a relevant and

effective national voice for nursing. We look forward to ANA Chief Executive Officer Marla Weston’s attendance at the SDNA

Convention in Mitchell this October. Thank you for the opportunity to represent SDNA at this very important meeting.

With gratitude and collegiality,

Tom Stenvig and Eric Ollila

Julie Dangel, PAC Chair

Annual PAC Report

Our current balance is $1,958.47 with outstanding receipt of $110 making a total of $2068.47.

We will still have an opportunity to increase this amount during the fall convention.

I have had a few requests for support of state legislative candidates; however support is decided by the PAC and GRC committees

post Fall Conference.

Thank you to all those who support SDNA PAC.

Respectfully submitted,

Tom Stenvig, RN, SDNF President

2016 Annual Report

South Dakota Nurses Foundation

The South Dakota Nurses Foundation (SDNF) was established in 1999 as a charitable organization affiliated with SDNA to advance

philanthropic purposes of interest to South Dakota nurses and the health care community.

SDNF continues in its partnership with the South Dakota Community Foundation (SDCF) and maintains a separate donor advised

fund within SDCF, called the South Dakota Nurses Foundation Fund. This arrangement allows accumulated contributions to

achieve a superior rate of investment return while allowing potential donors to take advantage of SDCF’s tax exempt IRS status.

SDNF continues to grow as an important resource for the nursing community in South Dakota. Total SDNF assets in five

permanent endowments at SDCF now exceed $118,000 and continue to grow.

Given the great need to increase nursing resources in the state and region, SDNF’s priorities continue to focus on nursing

education scholarships. In the fall of 2016, up to five scholarships will be awarded:


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

SDNA Committee Reports

Scholarship Type Amount Number

SDNF Scholarship $1,000 2

Rita H. Walsh Scholarship $1,000 1

Marianne M. Stenvig Scholarship $1,000 1

Dr. Carl and Leona Stadler Scholarship $500 1

We thank all donors who have helped make this possible. Continued asset growth will allow SDNF to award additional

scholarships in 2017, and to consider other program areas in addition to scholarships. The SDNF board feels this action gives

credence to our charitable mission and lends tangible evidence to justify how contributions to SDNF can make a difference.

Current activities include continuing sales of limited edition prints and notecards depicting SDNF’s purposes to support research,

education, and practice. Prints and notecards of the artwork will again be available for purchase at this year’s convention. A

fundraising campaign targeting prior and new donors is also planned for the fall. Contact any member of the SDNF Board of

Directors to make a donation, to recommend other donors, or for additional information.

The SDNF board wishes to thank board members Mary Brendtro, Mary Edelen, Deb Fischer Clemens, Claire May, Eric Ollila (ex

officio), Carol Peterson, Christina Plemmons, Tom Stenvig, Carman Timmerman, and Margie Washnok for their service.

South Dakota Center for Nursing Workforce

The South Dakota Center for Nursing Workforce (CNW), initially funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, was established

in 1996 as the SD Colleagues in Caring Project. At the completion of the grant in 2002, state legislation was enacted in the Nurse

Practice Act. This legislation, SDCL 36-9-95 and 36-9-96, created the CNW and a funding source. The SD BON is the lead agency

for the CNW. The mission of the CNW is to design a nursing workforce prepared to partner with South Dakota citizens to meet

their changing health needs. Members of the CNW Governance Council provide guidance and strategic direction for the CNW.

South Dakota Center for Nursing Workforce Governance Council Members:

Diana Berkland, PhD, CNS, RN

Sanford Health, Sioux Falls, Regional Area

Linda Burdette, PhD, RN

SDSU College of Nursing, Aberdeen

Jessica Cherenegar, DNP, RN

USF School of Nursing, Sioux Falls

Gloria Damgaard, MS, RN, FRE

Executive Director, SD Board of Nursing, Sioux Falls

Barbara Hobbs, PhD, RN, NEA, BC

SDSU College of Nursing, Rapid City

Josie Petersen, Office of Rural Health, DOH SD Department of Health, Office of Rural Health, Pierre

Darcy Sherman Justice, MS, RN, NE, BC Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center, Sioux Falls

Senator Deb Soholt, MS, RN

Avera McKennan Hospital and University Health Center, Sioux Falls

Kayleen Werner, LPN

Brown Clinic, Watertown

Linda Young, MS, RN, FRE, BC

Director CNW, Nursing Program Specialist, SD Board of Nursing, Sioux Falls


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

SDNA Committee Reports

The following strategic initiatives were developed by the Governance Council to assure that the state of South Dakota has the

nursing resources necessary to meet the health care needs of its citizens:

• Dialog on issues related to a culture of safety for all aspects of nursing practice, including: supporting culture of civility in

the workplace to promote nurses and patient safety; promoting strategies to decrease nursing fatigue in the work place; and

supporting engagement in nursing learning opportunities to maintain a competent nursing workforce.

• Collect, analyze and leverage nursing workforce supply and demand data for the purposes of designing a nursing workforce to

meet South Dakota’s citizens changing health needs.

• Build leadership capacity of the nursing workforce, including: supporting leadership development for nurses at all levels; and

supporting the national action coalition goals and objectives relating to workforce development to meet recommendations in

the IOM’s Future of Nursing report.

• Be a catalyst for public policy development that affects the health of the public.

Activities and accomplishments supporting achievement of strategic initiates:

• Maintain database on the supply, demand, and need for nurses in the state.

• Present on topics relevant to the workforce and publish workforce related articles and reports; including the biennial

workforce supply reports: South Dakota Nursing Workforce Supply and Employment Characteristics: 2015 report. Available

on the Center for Nursing’s website at http://doh.sd.gov/boards/nursing/RandP.aspx. The 2016 biennial report will be

published in spring 2017.

• Maintain website, http://doh.sd.gov/boards/nursing/SDcenter.aspx, to provide nurses and employers with current data on

supply and demand for nurses.

• Offered a Nursing Leadership Academy, January 2016 through May 2017, in partnership with EmBe. The goal of the academy

is to facilitate the development of emerging nursing leaders by utilizing the experiences and skills of established nurses and

community leaders to extend a hand-up to those nurses who follow.

• Financially supported educational opportunities offered by Presentation College of Nursing’s Sigma Theta Tau, Rho Chapter

and Nursing Education Deans & Directors (NEDDs) that supported mission of CNW.

• Served as Co-lead for the SD Action Coalition in partnership with other state organizations and the national Future of

Nursing: Campaign for Action.


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

SDNA Committee Reports


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

Nursing Education Deans and Directors Annual Report

The South Dakota Nursing Education Deans and Directors hosted their annual conference June 2016 in partnership with Avera

McKennan Hospital and University Health Center and the South Dakota Center for Nursing Workforce. The objective of this event

is to bring education and practice together on topics relevant to both areas with the hopes for stimulating meaningful dialogue

and the harvesting of new and innovative ideas and partnerships. The topic for the 2016 conference was Transition to Practice

with an emphasis on the role of simulation in healthcare.

Projects for the upcoming year for NEDDS include working on projects in conjunction with the South Dakota Board of Nursing

Education Advisory Board, introduction and implementation of a mentorship program for leadership within nursing education

in South Dakota, creation of a platform that allows members of NEDDS to stay in better communication via technology, and

brainstorming ideas for increased participation in projects that are critical to the profession of nursing in the state of South

Dakota. Membership in NEDDS is robust with an exciting new panel of professionals ready to work for the people of the state.

Jessica Cherenegar

NEDDS President

SDNA Committee Reports

South Dakota School Nurse Association Annual Report

Hello fellow South Dakota nurses,

Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Amy Gage and I am the South Dakota School Nurse Association President. I also am the

Nursing Supervisor for the Harrisburg School District. When I am not busy with these 2 jobs, my husband and I are following our

5 children around to their activities. Being a busy mom has helped me grow in the important skill of multi-tasking. This benefits

me in all of my responsibilities.

I proudly began my role as president at our annual conference in July. This conference was very successful both fiscally and in

quality. We had amazing speakers that brought many years of insight and experience to educate the nurses in attendance. We were

able to highlight what our organization can do for all school nurses in South Dakota.

This past year we were able to increase our SDSNA membership significantly and now have roughly 1/3 of the school nurses in

our state as members. This is amazing growth for our organization.

School nursing is an area of practice that requires a high degree of skill and experience. Nurses in this realm practice with a

great degree of autonomy and rely on their experience and nursing judgment to make decisions to best help their students. Case

management is also a crucial role of the School Nurse. They are helping to facilitate the care needed in the school setting. This

allows students to be able to learn despite their health conditions.

During my term as president I aspire to make some strong partnerships with other professional organizations. These relationships

will positively impact the care students receive in the school setting. I very much look forward to one of those partnerships being

The South Dakota Nurse Association.

The South School Nurse Association is so proud to be affiliated with SDNA and look forward to working together.

“You can’t educate a child who isn’t healthy, and you can’t keep a child healthy who isn’t educated” – Joycelyn Elders


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association


2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

2016 SDNA Annual Convention



2016 South Dakota Nurses Association

2016 SDNA Annual Convention



More magazines by this user