Sisseton Recruiting More Nursing Students

Nov 15th, 1998 | By | Category: 10-2: Assessing Student Learning in a Cultural Environment, Tribal College News

Sisseton Wahpeton Community College’s (SWCC) Nursing Program has been awarded a $54,950 grant through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service Recruitment Program. The goal of the grant is to increase the number of tribal members who enroll in the nursing program at SWCC (Sisseton, S.D.) and remain in the program until they graduate. The grant funds a portion of the salary of two SWCC nursing faculty and provides money to travel to visit with prospective students and their families at Lake Traverse Reservation District Centers and area schools. The nursing program hopes to set up several Future Nurses Clubs to encourage student interest in nursing as a career, according to Susan Hardin Palmer, director of the SWCC nursing program. .

In addition, faculty members work intensively with current pre-nursing and nursing students to address any personal or academic problems before they threaten the students’ academic career. Each student is assigned an advisor and a student mentor who will help deal with the variety of potential problems that students face. The project plans also to increase the numbers of non-traditional nursing students by making information available to people in their own communities.

Sisseton Wahpeton Community College has offered an associate of arts degree with a major in nursing since Fall 1992. (See TCJ Vol. 5 3). By last spring, the program had graduated 88 individuals. It is designed to prepare students to be eligible to write the state examination for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN).

The SWCC nursing graduate is prepared to give basic nursing care to children and adults in a variety of health care settings. After passing the state board examination, he or she might work as a Registered Nurse in acute-care hospitals in Intensive Care Units, Pediatrics, Emergency Departments, general Medical-Surgical Units, Obstetrics, and Coronary Care Units. The graduate could also work in long-term care facilities, as a school nurse, in an outpatient clinic, in the military, in a variety of government agencies, in occupational health settings, and in homes as a visiting nurse, as a Hospice nurse, or as a private duty nurse. Graduates of SWCC nursing are prepared to continue their education by studying for bachelor’s degrees and beyond to higher degrees.

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