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VERMILLION, S.D. – University of South Dakota Department of Nursing site director Helene Hegge, M.S.N., was recognized at the 2021 South Dakota Nurses Association (SDNA) Annual Convention for her contributions to the SDNA and the nursing profession.
The SDNA presented Hegge with the award for exceptional service, dedication, leadership and contributions to the profession.
Hegge is a clinical, lab and classroom population health nursing instructor and is committed to seeking out community opportunities for USD nursing students.
SDNA is the professional organization for registered nurses in South Dakota. It is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association. The South Dakota Nurses Association speaks with a unified voice to support professional nursing through advocacy, communication, networking and collaboration across nursing specialties.
USD’s School of Health Sciences is a national leader in interprofessional health sciences education. South Dakota’s comprehensive School of Health Sciences develops scholars, practitioners and leaders in health and human services, including addiction counselors, dental hygienists, health science practitioners, medical laboratory scientists, nurses, occupational therapists, physical therapists, physician assistants, public health practitioners and social workers.
Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.