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South Dakota Nurse - March 2018

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Page 2 South Dakota Nurse March, April, May 2018 SDNA Board of Directors President Term: 2017 – 2019 Margie Washnok District 4 Cell: 380-4561 Office: 229.8478 Vice President Term: 2017 – 2019 Nancy Fahrenwald District 8 & 9 Office: 688-5178 Secretary Term: 2016 – 2018 Dawn R. Warren District 2 Office: 394-5481 Treasurer Term: 2017 – 2019 Christina Plemmons District 1, 2, & 3 Office: 605-394-5390 Government Relations Committee (GRC) Chair Term: 2016 – 2018 Carrie Clausen-Hansen District 4 Cell: 380.7320 Home: 877.3766 President, District 1-3 Term: 2018 – 2020 Michelle Salazar Home: 605.490.8532 President, District 4 Term: 2016 – 2018 Marlys Volzke Office: 229-5646 President, District 5 & 7 Term: 2015 – 2017 Pat Sudbeck Home: 928.3202 President, District 8 & 9 Term: 2015 – 2017 Eileen Bruner Home: 256.2338 Office: 688.4126 President, District 10 Term: 2016 – 2018 Julie Dangel Office: 321-9497 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: 888.600.1232 Revised Nov. 2017 The SOUTH DAKOTA NURSE is published quarterly every March, June, September and December by the South Dakota Nurses Association (a constituent member of the American Nurses Association) and Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency, Inc. All rights reserved by copyright. This newspaper or parts there of must not be reproduced in any form without permission in writing from the publishers. Subscription rate is $12 per year to non-members of the Association. ADVERTISING For advertising rates and information, please contact Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency, Inc., 517 Washington Street, PO Box 216, Cedar Falls, Iowa 50613, (800) 626-4081. SDNA and the Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency, Inc. reserve the right to reject any advertisement. Responsibility for errors in advertising is limited to corrections in the next issue or refund of price of advertisement. Acceptance of advertising does not imply endorsement or approval by the South Dakota Nurses Association of products advertised, the advertisers, or the claims made. Rejection of an advertisement does not imply a product offered for advertising is without merit, or that the manufacturer lacks integrity, or that this association disapproves of the product or its use. SDNA and the Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency, Inc. shall not be held liable for any consequences resulting from purchase or use of an advertiser’s product. Articles appearing in this publication express the opinions of the authors; they do not necessarily reflect views of the staff, board, or membership of SDNA or those of the national or local associations. CIRCULATION, ARTICLES, LETTER TO THE EDITOR, ETC. 2018 deadlines for articles submitted to the South Dakota Nurse: Jan. 12 – March issue, April 13 – June issue, July 13 – Sept. issue, and Oct. 12 – Dec. issue. The South Dakota Nurse accepts and encourages manuscripts or editorials. We will determine which letters and articles are printed by the availability of publication space and appropriateness of the material. We welcome signed letters of 300 words or less, typed and double spaced and articles of 1,500 words or less. All materials should be mailed to: South Dakota Nurses Association, P.O. Box 1015, Pierre, SD 57501 or e-mailed to: Watch this Space for 2018 South Dakota Nurses Foundation Scholarships Carman Timmerman, EdD, RN SDNF Scholarship Committee Chair and SDNF Treasurer In the June 2018 issue of South Dakota Nurse, the South Dakota Nurses Foundation will post its 2018 scholarships on the South Dakota Nurses Association website (www.sdnursesassociation. org). There are four scholarships available, and applicants are encouraged to apply for more than one scholarship. October 1, 2018 is the application deadline for all South Dakota Nurses Foundation scholarships. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at The fact that these scholarships are available underscores the generosity of South Dakota nurses as well as their families and friends. We thank you for that generosity. If you are interested in donating to the South Dakota Nurses Foundation, your gift will help sustain the Foundation’s efforts to endorse the nursing profession as SDNF promotes positive health care changes in South Dakota. Please make your check payable to South Dakota Nurses Foundation Fund and send your check to South Dakota Community Foundation ~ Box 296 ~ Pierre, SD 57501. The views expressed in the articles and editorials are those of the individual contributors and do not necessarily reflect the viewpoint of SDNA. South Dakota Nurse is the newsletter of the South Dakota Nurses Association. Direct inquiries about SDNA or this newsletter to: South Dakota Nurses Association PO Box 1015, Pierre, SD 57501 Phone: 605-945-4265 Fax: 1-888-600-1232 Email: Website: ‘Like’ us on Facebook! Published by: Arthur L. Davis Publishing Agency, Inc. RNs and LPNs Needed! Mobridge Regional Hospital is looking for full and part time RN’s and LPN’s to work on our busy Medical Surgical Floor, as well as gain experience in OB, ER, and ICU. Wage is competitive DOE. Excellent benefit package. Rosebud Comprehensive Healthcare Facility Hiring New Graduate & Experienced Nurses. Positions available within ER, Medical/Surgical, OB, Ambulatory Care & Specialty Nurse Positions. We offer: Relocation and Recruitment Incentives Competitive Salaries | Loan Repayment Program Visit to apply or call HR at 605 845-8171 for more information. Contact: Teresa Tomlin, RN, BSN, CNO 605-747-0584 | I.H.S. is required by law to give absolute preference to qualified Indian applicants. Equal Opportunity Employer.

March, April, May 2018 South Dakota Nurse Page 3 Becoming a Change Maker M. Claire May, South Dakota Nurses Foundation Community Board Member “It’s definitely a calling! Positively, a challenging career! It is making a difference; being a change maker!” declared Brittany Brennan, a 2017 South Dakota Nursing Foundation SDNF Scholarship recipient, about her nursing career. And with ardent resolve Brennan is in the stages of completing a PhD in Nursing at South Dakota State University. Brittany Brennan “Nursing is a remarkable profession, for which I am grateful to have the opportunity to be a part of. Through the generosity of the South Dakota Nurses Foundation Scholarship and donors, I will be able to continue in my educational adventure and contribute to the nursing profession,” she acknowledged. The calling for Brennan was heard by age sixteen. “I started my nursing career in a long-term care setting as a nurse’s aide. There, I saw many opportunities for change. My inspiration to pursue nursing was the ability to invoke change,” she asserted. From a nurse’s aide to a nursing instructor at Lake Area Technical Institute, Watertown, SD, Brennan has been involved in the profession approximately fourteen years. She also continues to work and maintain her PRN status at the Critical Care Unit of the Prairie Lakes Healthcare System in Watertown. “This allows me to stay current with best practices and continue to provide bedside nursing care.” As a nursing instructor, Brennan facilitates student learning through classroom instructions, simulation, laboratory, and clinical settings. Brennan clarified, “Simulation provides opportunities for nursing students to provide care for patients in a safe learning environment, which they may not otherwise have in the clinical setting.” She explained the laboratory setting as one that “provides students the opportunity to practice skills they will utilize in the clinical environment.” And finally, she described the clinical stetting as one that “allows students to assimilate the knowledge learned in the classroom, lab, and simulation environments and apply that knowledge to direct patient care [in a clinic or hospital].” Brennan’s philosophy of teaching and nursing education is based on the belief that “teaching and learning is individualized to each student and student-centered because of the learners’ diverse backgrounds.” She said, “My role as an educator is to provide my expertise and facilitate students to meet their learning goals. I believe the purpose of nursing education is to prepare nurses who possess critical thinking, are competent, caring, professional, and life-long learners.” Critical thinking, competency, caring, professionalism, and being a life-long learner are qualities Brennan has continuously valued and lived up to herself. “I have always had an internal pursuit for life-long learning.” Brennan appreciates the variety she encounters in the nursing students. “The most profound part of being a nurse educator is the ability to stimulate critical thinking and compassion in nursing students and play a part in the ‘aha’ moments that students encounter along their learning journeys.” There are many “aha” moments when the students connect the concepts learned from the classroom and apply them to the clinical setting. It was Master’s program mentor and instructor, Dr. Eslinger-Vaughn, who embodies, teaches and practices the same valued qualities of critical thinking, competency, caring, and dedication to life-long learning as Brennan, who was a tremendous influence on her. “It was encouraging and inspiring to see the passion she has for nursing education. Her encouragement throughout my Master’s project pushed me to pursue further education,” Brennan declared. Another influential woman from times past is Queen Elizabeth I. “I would like to have a conversation with Queen Elizabeth I, as she was one of the first females credited with inspiring the feminist movement,” Brennan stated. “She was known for being bold, yet compassionate, and utilizing her networking skills to accomplish tasks. It would be interesting to see her viewpoint on society today and how things have evolved.” There are also those family members who daily inspire Brennan: husband John, fourteen-year-old son Kaden, and four-year-old son Carter. The newest family member of influence is due in February! “My pregnancy is going well, and I feel will fly by at this point!” Medical wonder: the evolution of germ theory and how primary prevention plays a role in preventing disease, for example hand hygiene. Fascination: Pre-briefing in nursing simulation because it can assist in creating a safe and effective learning environment for students. This will likely be the focus of my doctoral research. Alternate profession: Nothing! Nursing is such a diverse field with vast opportunities. Live anywhere: Continue in Midwest. I love having four seasons! One word to describe me: compassionate My family thinks I am: busy! Besides family activities, such as camping, Brennan also cherishes her moments of reading, repurposing furniture, and playing the music of her favorite artist, Lorie Line, on the piano. “Occasionally I play for weddings. Both of my sisters also played piano, and at one point in time we all played other instruments in band as well.” She added, “I don’t have a certain genre of books that I read; I enjoy a variety!” She has refinished and painted furniture, for example an old dresser, and used “chalk paint to paint my bathroom cupboards and other projects.” Her professional plans are to continue to educate nursing students. “I have found this is my passion and plan to continue to educate and inspire future nurses,” she commented. “My career goals include furthering my education, contributing to nursing research, and participating in service by means of professional nursing organizations and activities, as well as political advocacy.” In conclusion, Brennan had a few words of encouragement to anyone considering applying for a South Dakota Nurses Foundation Scholarship. “I encourage anyone who qualifies and is continuing their education to apply. The South Dakota Nurses Foundation provides a wonderful scholarship opportunity to promote life-long learning and assist those that wish to further their education.” NOW HIRING RNs & LPNs We inspire our employees to deliver clinical excellence so that Keystone becomes the preferred treatment provider for individuals and families in need. Keystone Treatment Center P.O Box 159, Canton, SD 57013 605-987-5659 ext. 129 To view and apply for positions: Employment opportunities with advancement available! Sioux Falls, Brookings, Huron, Watertown and Dakota Dunes Email or visit us online. Full-time Nursing Faculty Members (2) Salary: Dependent upon education and experience on the Faculty scale To see a complete list of job duties, qualifications, and benefits please visit us online at To apply, contact the Personnel Director at (605)-455-6029 Oglala Lakota College Nursing Department, Pine Ridge, SD (605) 867-5856 Volunteers Needed! In honor of Volunteer Week and National Nurses Week, sign up today to make a difference! What is SERV SD? A database of pre-registered health care professionals who are ready to volunteer in the event of an emergency. 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: