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Michelle Bruns, MSN, RN, Department Chair, Email, Phone
Sharon Cordova, MSN, RN, Email, Phone
Linda Delong, BA, RN, Email, Phone
Darcie Forster, MSN, RN, Email, Phone
Laurie Dunn, MSN, RN, Email, Phone
Wendy Jacobson, MSN, RN, Email, Phone
Christy Lone Elk, Email, Phone

We extend a warm welcome to you from the Department of Nursing! Nursing is one of the largest health care professions, with over 2.6 million nurses in the United States today. Our program at the Oglala Lakota College leads to an Associate Degree in Nursing, and prepares students to take the National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to practice in professional nursing. Our program does this in an environment of academic excellence, which is knowledgeable of existing health care needs of the individual and/or family. The Associate Degree nurse will be able to respond with relevant knowledge and skills to meet these health care needs at an entry level in any structured health care setting. Nursing at the Associate Degree level, is the human caring process that supports individuals and families in promoting, maintaining and restoring health and is accomplished within the individual's cultural framework.

Nursing offers a wide variety of opportunities for those who choose to make it a career. Academic degree programs in nursing are developed to offer participants a career "ladder" approach. You may earn degrees in sequence with one degree building on the next. Once you have earned the Associate Degree in Nursing, and become licensed to practice as a Registered Nurse, you may seek out programs offering higher degrees in nursing. Nurses with higher degrees fill jobs with expanding roles and responsibilities, including research, education, leadership, consulting and administration. You will be exposed to upward mobility opportunities and pathways as you proceed through this program.

This is an exciting time to be involved in nursing. Oglala Lakota College provides an outstanding education in Associate Degree nursing, in a world rich in Native American culture and heritage. Please come and be part of our unique program, where you will work towards fulfilling your dreams of becoming a nurse, and explore the possibilities of becoming so much more!

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