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Nursing Department

Jessica Zephier MSN, RN Department Chair Email
Michelle Bruns MSN, RN Assistant Department Chairperson/Nurse Faculty Email
Amy Hindman, ND, RN Nurse Faculty/Clinical Instructor Email
Robin White MSN, RN Nurse Faculty/Clinical Instructor Email
Nicole Herman Administrative Assistant Email

“The Oglala Lakota College Associate Degree Nursing holds pre-accreditation status from the National League for Nursing Commission for Nursing Education Accreditation, located at 2600 Virginia Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20037. Holding pre-accreditation status does not guarantee that initial accreditation by NLN CNEA will be received.”

Mission Statement

The mission of the nursing department is to provide academic excellence that will prepare an Associate Degree (AD) nurse to respond with relevant knowledge and skills to meet health care needs of individuals and families as an entry level nurse.

Vision Statement

The nursing Department will have the resources in qualified faculty to increase/mentor the development of tribal nursing faculty to promote Wolakolkiciyapi. The department will continue to encourage the furthering of nursing education with the purpose of disease prevention and health promotion of the native peoples.


The purpose of the nursing program at the Oglala Lakota College is to graduate students with an Associate Degree (AD) in Nursing and prepare them to take the National Council for Licensure Examination (NCLEX) to practice as a Registered Nurse (RN). We strive to provide a learning environment of academic excellence, guided by an understanding of health care needs of the individual and/or family. The AD Registered 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. The AD nurse will be able to support individuals and families in promoting, maintaining and restoring health. This is accomplished within the individual's cultural framework.

Terminal Program Outcomes

The Oglala Lakota College Department of Nursing prepares the Associate Degree Nursing graduate who will:

  • Outcome #1: Apply knowledge of the nursing process and critical thinking as a framework for clinical decision making. Lakota Value: Woksape-Wisdom
  • Outcome #2: Demonstrate cultural competency and caring behaviors for the purpose of providing culturally appropriate nursing care to diverse populations. Lakota Values: Wowahola-Respect, Wacantognaka-Generosity
  • Outcome #3: Incorporate professional/legal, ethical accountability into practice, embracing the values of the profession and assuming the various nursing roles of life-long learner, teacher, client advocate, leader/manager, and care provider. Lakota values: Woohitika-Courage, Wacantognaka-Generosity
  • Outcome #4: Utilize evidence-based practice and technology to provide safe, competent, holistic nursing care to clients across the life span. Lakota Value: Woksape-Wisdom
  • Outcome #5: Communicate and collaborate with client, family, healthcare and interdisciplinary teams to provide holistic health care and promotion/disease prevention. Lakota Value: Wowahola-Respect

Academic degree programs in nursing are developed to offer participants a career "ladder" approach. Once you become a Registered Nurse, you may seek out programs offering higher degrees in nursing. Nurses with higher degrees have expanded 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.

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Oglala Lakota College
Nursing Department
E. Hwy 18 Pine Ridge, SD 57770