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Melissa Hanson, Sanford Health College of Nursing Melissa Hanson, MSN, RN
(701) 323-6286
melissa.hanson@sanfordcollege.edu

Education:
Assistant Professor Melissa Hanson has been employed at the College of Nursing since August 2006. Hanson holds a master's of science in nursing from the University of Mary with a specialization in nursing management.

Classes:
Hanson teaches aging adult health, nursing foundations and case management clinical experiences for leadership and management. Hanson connects with her students and is committed to keeping them engaged while learning. She uses a variety of teaching methods and presents content in a clear and understandable manner.

Accomplishments:
In the area of scholarship, Hanson has shared her knowledge by presenting at a regional nursing meeting on the use of simulation to enhance end of life care. She co-authored an article “Enhancing End of Life Care in Nursing Education through the Use of High-Fidelity and Gaming Simulations” that was published in Clinical Simulations in Nursing.

College and community involvement:
Hanson serves on the Curriculum Committee, Research and Human Subjects Committee and the Faculty Organization. Hanson is actively involved in service to her profession and the community. She is a member of the North Dakota Board of Nursing Practice Committee. She is the Sanford College of Nursing counselor for Sigma Theta Tau (STT) nursing honor society, providing information and guidance to our students regarding STT. Hanson serves as a member of the Custer Family Information and Education Committee. She is also involved in the Sanford Health Leadership Association and the North Dakota Nurses Association. In the community, Hanson serves on the Simle Middle School parent advisory committee, volunteers with the Bismarck hockey boosters and teaches Sunday school.
   
Jill Johnson, Sanford Health College of Nursing Jill Johnson, BSN, RN
(701) 323-6276
jill.m.johnson@sanfordcollege.edu

Education: Instructor Jill Johnson has been employed at the College of Nursing since January 2011. Johnson holds a master's of science in nursing from the University of Phoenix with a specialization in nursing education. She is a clinical expert in emergency nursing.

Classes:
Johnson teaches Complex Adult Health, Critical Care nursing (practice), Ethical and Legal Concepts in Health Care and Health Assessment. Johnson is a knowledgeable, energetic and approachable teacher. Students appreciate her clinical questioning skills.

College involvement:
Johnson serves on the Curriculum Committee and the Faculty Organization. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau.
   
Wendy Kopp, Sanford Health College of Nursing Wendy Kopp, MSN, RN
(701) 323-6287
wendy.kopp@sanfordcollege.edu

Education:
Associate Professor Wendy Kopp has been employed at the College of Nursing since August 2004. Kopp holds a master's of science in nursing from the University of Mary, and is ANCC certified in gerontological nursing.

Classes:
Kopp teaches aging adult, adult health and pharmacology. She is a stimulating teacher who uses various creative teaching strategies. She is the College's expert in using technology as a teaching tool.

Accomplishments:
In the area of scholarship, Kopp has demonstrated a significant level of productivity in the area of technology in nursing education. Early on, Kopp was the lead faculty member piloting and evaluating student use of PDAs in practice. She also was the lead faculty member in integrating simulation into the program. She has two regional presentations and one national presentation on the use of high fidelity simulations in nursing education. She also has an article “High Fidelity and Gaming Simulations Enhance Nursing Education in End-of-Life Care” published in Clinical Simulation in Nursing. Currently, Kopp teaches pharmacology using both online and in-class formats.

College and community involvement:
Kopp serves as on the Student Affairs Committee, Library/Technology Committee, Library Advisory Committee and the Faculty Organization. She developed a college running club. Kopp is a member of Sigma Theta Tau' she has served as the vice president and faculty counselor. She is a member of the National Gerontological Nursing Association, an advisory committee member for the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) Comprehensive Geriatric Education Program for the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, and is a faculty champion for the Upper Midwest Geriatric Nursing Education Alliance (UMGNEA).She is actively involved in the community as a volunteer to Good Grief and within her church.

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