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Faculty

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Mary Smith, Sanford Health College of Nursing Mary Smith, MSN, RN
(701) 323-6833
mary.j.smith@sanfordcollege.edu

Education: Director of Student Services, Assistant Professor Mary Smith has been employed at the College of Nursing since August 1993. She holds a master's of science in nursing from the University of Mary and a master's of science in public and human services administration from Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Classes:
Smith teaches the NCLEX-RN prep course and the internship course. Smith is a caring and supportive faculty member. She is committed to student success and reaches out to guide students.

College and community involvement:
Smith serves on the Student Affairs Committee, Curriculum Committee, Library Technology Committee, Library Advisory Committee and the Faculty Organization. Smith is actively involved in service to her profession and the community. She is a member of Sigma Theta Tau. She is an active member of the North Dakota Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (NDACRAO) and the North Dakota Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NDASFAA). Smith presents a numerous local career fairs each year, encouraging young students to consider a nursing career. She is the president of the PTA at a local school.
   
Karen Vietz, Sanford Health College of Nursing Karen Vietz, MS, RN
(701) 323-6986
karen.vietz@sanfordcollege.edu

Education: Associate Professor Karen Vietz has been employed at the College of Nursing since August 1999. Vietz holds a master's of science degree in nursing from Loma Linda University. She is currently enrolled in the doctorate nursing program at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Her specialty is adult critical care clinical nurse specialist.

Classes:
Vietz teaches complex adult health, critical care nursing, pathophysiology and transcultural health care. In teaching these classes she uses a variety of creative classroom teaching strategies. Vietz is an excellent instructor who challenges her students to critically think. Vietz received the Crystal Apple Award for excellence in post-secondary education.

Accomplishments:
Vietz presented both regionally and nationally on cultural diversity issues and teaching strategies for Pathophysiology. Vietz presented regionally on incorporating high-fidelity simulation in the classroom and co-presented regionally on implementing high-fidelity simulation in a variety of emergent situations.

College and community involvement:
Vietz serves on the Curriculum Committee, Research/Human Subjects Committee and the Faculty Organization. Vietz's professional activities include active membership in: Sigma Theta Tau (past vice-president/program director), North Dakota Nurses Association and American Association of Critical Care Nurses. Vietz is active in her church serving as secretary, facilitating small group Bible studies, coordinating and teaching children and adult bible classes and coordinating and participating in praise music. She leads groups of volunteer students to Guatemala in conjunction with the God's Child Project. She has volunteered at an elementary and high school as a talent and science fair judge.
   
Brenda Whitman, Sanford Health College of Nursing Brenda Whitman, MSN, RN
(701) 323-6905
brenda.whitman@sanfordcollege.edu

Education:
Associate Professor Brenda Whitman has been employed at the College of Nursing since August 2001. She holds a master's of science in nursing from the University of Mary.

Classes:
Whitman teaches childbearing childrearing family, professional seminar and leadership and management. She is a highly creative teacher who uses a wide variety of teaching strategies. Whitman received the Crystal Apple Award for excellence in post-secondary education and the NDNA Nurse Educator of the Year Award.

Accomplishments:
In the area of scholarship, Whitman has demonstrated a significant level of productivity in the areas of spirituality and creative teaching. She has authored six articles, three of them published in peer reviewed journals. She has presented at the state and local levels on spirituality and the use of prayer as a healing modality in nursing. She presented at a national conference on the use of art to express a philosophy of nursing.

College and community involvement:
Whitman serves on the Curriculum Committee and the Faculty Organization. She led faculty sharing sessions in the areas of Health Literacy and Leadership. She is the faculty advisor for the Nursing Student Association. She is actively involved in the community as a Stephen Ministry volunteer within her church. She has presented across the state on spirituality topics.

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