Project Title: Wicozani: A Place of Health and Balance
Applicant Organization: South Dakota State University (SDSU)
Address: Box 2275 SDSU College of Nursing, Brookings, SD 57007
Project Director: Dr. Thomas Stenvig, PhD, MPH, RN, NEA-BC, FAAN
Contact Phone: 605-688-6652; Fax: 605-688-6523
Project Overview: The need for AI/AN nurses to provide culturally-congruent care in SD communities both on and off the reservation is tremendous. As the only university that trains nurse practitioners at both the master’s and the doctoral level, with the largest baccalaureate nursing degree program in SD, and with program sites across the state, the College of Nursing (CON) at South Dakota State University (SDSU) is committed to increasing diversity in the profession by increasing the recruitment, retention and success of AI/AN nursing students.
Project Purpose: To recruit, retain, and graduate both AI/AN registered nurses and nurse practitioners to increase the number of AI/AN nurses available to deliver healthcare services to AI/AN communities.
Target Population: Enrolled tribal members (eligible to claim Indian preference) from the Great Plains Indian Health Service (IHS) area pursuing baccalaureate or baccalaureate completion education, or pursuing master’s or doctor of nursing practice education with a family nurse practitioner focus and committed to serving in an Indian Health Services facility after graduation.
Project Objectives: The objectives for this project include:
(1) Conduct recruitment activities that (a) encourage AI/AN individuals, including veterans and associate degree (AD) RNs and second degree students, to pursue a baccalaureate degree in nursing or (b) encourage practicing RNs to pursue advanced nursing education as NPs;
(2) Employ retention activities, including scholarships and stipends for education and living expenses, mentoring, and culturally-relevant support services, that facilitate AI/AN student success and graduation; and
(3) Continual evaluation of nursing student services, curriculum, and advising to ensure that AI/AN RN students and advanced practice RN students are prepared and placed to provide healthcare services to AI/AN communities, including fulfillment of scholarship program service obligations.