This community contains the theses and dissertations of the Department of Graduate Nursing.
The Department of Graduate Nursing offers the following graduate options:
Masters of Science (MS) degree in 3 specializations:

  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Nurse Educator
  • Clinical Nursing Leadership
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) with a specialization in:
  • Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Neonatal Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Nurse Practitioner
  • Pediatric Clinical Nurse Specialist
  • Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse
PhD in Nursing

Due to copyright restrictions, the collection contains both open access and university access theses and dissertations. University access items are only available to SDSU users, and on-campus visitors. Non-SDSU users wishing to access restricted materials may request items through their institution’s interlibrary loan services.

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Theses/Dissertations from 2017

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Health-Promoting Behaviors, Hope, and Health-Related Quality of Life in Persons Impacted by Parkinson’s Disease, Amy K. Forbes

Theses/Dissertations from 2016

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Determining the Relationship Among Change Fatigue, Resilience, and Job Satisfaction of Hospital Staff Nurses, Robin Brown

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The Nurse as a Family Caregiver: Their Experience, Their Story, Julie A. Hansen

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Pilot Study of the Effects of Heart Rate Variability Biofeedback on Perceived Stress, Perceived Coping Ability, and Resilience in Accelerated Baccalaureate Nursing Students, Andrea J. Harmelink

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Depression Outcomes in Care Coordination, Primary Care and Psychiatry Patients After Pharmacogenetic Testing, Julie Kittelsrud

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The Learning Experiences of Immigrants Who Are Graduates of An Entry-Level Baccalaureate Nursing Program in Minnesota, Marcia L. Scherer

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Relationship Between Self-Care Agency, Self-Care Practices, and Body Mass Index Among Nursing Professionals, Takara Schomberg

Theses/Dissertations from 2015

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Reinventing Life: A Glaserian Grounded Theory Study, Sheryl McMullin Marckstadt

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Make a Move: An Intervention to Reduce Childhood Obesity, Kimberly Nerud

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The Lived Experience of a Radical, Unexpected or Unpredicted Healing of a Life-Altering Illness, Audrey Poor-Bear

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Go Wish- Pediatrics : Pilot Study of a Conversation Tool in Pediatric Palliative Care, Meghan Ryan Potthoff

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Sisters of Mercy: The Walking Nun's Siouxland Journey and Experiences in Nursing (1890-1965), Diane L. Smith

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Exploring the Relationship of Secondary Traumatic Stress and Lack of Anonymity in nurses, Marilyn A. Swan

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A Multi-media preventive Reproductive Health Intervention in a Family Planning Setting, Jane M. Wrede

Theses/Dissertations from 2014

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The Experience of Feeling Respected for Rural Nurse Leaders, Diana Lois Berkland

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Rural Mental Health Nurse Work Environment, Mentoring, and Retention, Kelly Boese

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The Experience of Feeling Disrespected a Humanbecoming Perspective, Kim Hawkins

Theses/Dissertations from 2013

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Reciprocity in Relationships Among Rural Nurses, Debbie Bomgaars

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Modification and Evaluation of the Late-preterm Screening and Multidisciplinary Risk Assessment and Parent Activation Scale, Sheri Lynn Fischer

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Investigation of Swine Influenza Virus Genetic Diversity and Evolution, Benjamin Matthew Hause

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The Living Experience of Feeling Playful, Kathy K. Knitig

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Searching for an Answer: A Humanbecoming Research Study, Deborah Letcher

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Parental Experience of Coping, Social Support, and Uncertainty During Childhood Genetic Testing, Jan Rogers-Haugen

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Risk Factors for Release in Nurses with Substance Use Disorder, Kathleen J. Tinklenberg

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Using Simulation Education to Assess the Confidence in Experienced Hospital Registered Nurses, Alyssa Zwifel

Theses/Dissertations from 2012

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The Recognition of Child Abuse: Expert Providers' Experience, Nancy K. Kertz

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The Correlation between Work/Life Balance, Intent to Stay, and the Personal Well-being among Female Nurses at a Rural Community Hospital in the Midwest, Janet Rounsville

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Faculty Attitudes Toward the Utilization of High-fidelity Human Patient Simulation in Nursing Education, Shantelle Wade

Theses/Dissertations from 2011

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Relationship-Based Care: Effects on Patient Satisfaction, Becka J. Foerster

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Evaluation of Decision Support Aids for Early Stage Breast Cancer Treatment among Rural Women, Sarah Mollman

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Generational Differences in Work Orientation of Nursing Students, Jeanne M. Neifer

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Living on the Edge: A Humanbecoming Perspective, Robin Peterson-Lund

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A Pilot Test of Delegation and Prioritization Skills in New Graduate Nurses Using a Multiple Patient Simulation, Jody Serfling

Theses/Dissertations from 2010

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Assessment of Smoking Self-Efficacy in Two Groups of South Dakota Nurses: Former Smokers and Smokers Who Have Tried to Quit, Christi Hoffman

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Student Response Systems: The Impact on Nursing Student Engagement and Classroom Participation, Sandra Mordhorst

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A Comparison of Female Native American and Non-Native American Nursing and Pre-Nursing Students' Learning Styles at Two Tribal Colleges in South Dakota, Nola L. Ragan

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Nurses' Perceptions of the Effects of Disruptive Physician Behavior on Patient Safety, Roxanne L. Vandendries

Theses/Dissertations from 2009

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The Correlation between Competitive Foods Availability, Students at Risk for Overweight and Overweight, and Strength of School Officials' Beliefs Favoring Improved School Nutrition Environment in Arkansas Public High Schools, Joseph M. Creager

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The Lived Experience of Women Domestic Violence Survivors, Gayle Webert

Theses/Dissertations from 2008

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Effect of Oral Care and Health Professional Education on Ventilator Acquired Pneumonia: A Pilot Study, Robin Arends

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Nurse Administrators' and Nurse Managers' Attitudes About Nurse-To-Patient Ratios, the Nurse Shortage, Job Satisfaction, and Patient Care, Shelley Erdahl-Wynia

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Critical Thinking: Are We Educating the Nurse Educator?, Christina H. Erickson

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Nurse Practitioners' Knowledge and Use of Complementary and Integrative Medicine, Tonya Froehlich

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Patients' Psychological Adjustment to an Implanted Cardioverter Defibrillator, Tera L. Gross

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Dental Health and Socioeconomic Status: Their Relationship with Preterm Labor in Rural Western South Dakota A Pilot Study, Angela Lochridge

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Nursing Students' Practices Regarding Completion of Instructor Evaluations, Jason Raether

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Learning Needs and Barriers to Continuing Education Among Rural Montana Nurses, Cheryl Richards

Theses/Dissertations from 2007

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Predictors of North Dakota and South Dakota Nurses' Decisions to Receive Influenza Vaccinations, Laurie J. Johansen

Theses/Dissertations from 2006

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Quality of Life after Aortic Valve Replacement: A comparison between mechanical prostheses and pulmonary autografts, Sara K. Mackey

Theses/Dissertations from 2005

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The "Good" Clinical Nursing Educator and the Baccalaureate Nursing Clinical Experience: Attributes and Praxis, Karla J. Hanson

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Stressors and Coping Strategies of Student Nurses in Accelerated Baccalaureate Programs, Sister Vicky J. Larson

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The Wireless Lifestyle: The Relationship between Internet Use, Cellular Telephones, and College Students Risk Behaviors, Kathy K. Wiebe

Theses/Dissertations from 2004

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Wound Management Practices and Perceived Barriers to the Performance of Wound Management by Nurses Who Practice in Rural Mid West Hospitals, Rose Buns

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The Relationship Between Nurses' Self-concept and Nurses' Perceptions of the Benefits of Precepting Nursing Students, Denise Cundy

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The Lived Experience of Postpartum Depression, Stephanie J. Orth

Theses/Dissertations from 2003

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Psychosocial Barriers to Prenatal Care for Northern Plains Native American Women Served by an Indian Health Care Facility, Adelia Cuka

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The Relationship Between Depression Levels and Vitamin D Status Among Older Adults in Eastern South Dakota, Tami Hogie-Lorenzen

Theses/Dissertations from 2002

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Differences in Nursing Assessment and Documentation of Pain Before and After a Pain Education Program, Lori A. Koenecke

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The Effect of Therapeutic Massage on Clinically Diagnosed Hypertension, Christine M. Olney

Theses/Dissertations from 2001

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Symptoms Reported by Menopausal Women Taking Synthetic Hormone Replacement Therapy or Bioidentical Progesterone, Melissa M. Aberle

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Internet Support Groups as Social Support for Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Kathleen E. Baumiller

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Correlation of Rapid Shallow Breathing Index and Successful Weaning from Mechanical Ventilator Support in Surgical Patients, Caren M. Bonander

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An Examination of the Health Care Barriers and Needs of Twenty Rural South Dakota Counties, Victoria M. Christopherson

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The Lived Experience of Rural Families During Medical Emergencies, Billie Jo Hague

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Relationship of Level of Satisfaction and Anxiety and Patient Information Provided Among ICU Family Members, Karen A. Mauer

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The Volume of PEG Solution Consumed Versus Patient Symptoms and Bowel Cleanliness, Martin J. McGee

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Ethical Reasoning of Nurses in a Midwestern State, Rolf Muldbakken

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The Use of Warm-up Exercises Among Collegiate Rodeo Athletes, Jannine Purcell

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Knowledge, Behavior, and Feelings of Women Throughout South Dakota Regarding HIV and AIDS, Kevin R. Queen

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The Effect of Social Support and Self-efficacy in Individuals with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Carla Schweitzer

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Description of the Need and Willingness to Hire Nurse Practitioners by Health Administrators and Physicians in a Rural State, Loretta B. Vanhove

Theses/Dissertations from 1999

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Serenity and the Quality of Life in the Older Adult, Mardi Beaumont

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Information and Decision-Making Preferences of Community Dwelling Elderly People with Diabetes Mellitus, Grace A. Bourne

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Comparison of Learning Styles and Preferred Instructional Methods of the Native American Nursing Student, Robin J. Brown

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The Relationship of Parental Stress and Social Support in Grandparent-headed Families in Rural South Dakota, Karen L. Eads

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Practice Patterns of Health Care Providers to Assess, Treat, and Evaluate Urinary Tract Infections Among Residents of Long-term Care Facilities, Rhonda S. Fliehs

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Hospice Cancer Patients' and Hospice Nurses' Reported Barriers to Management of Pain, Pamela S. Gabbert

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Descriptive Comparative Study of Nurse Aide Job Satisfaction in Long Term Care Facilities, Janis M. Guenther

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Differences in HDL Cholesterol Levels between Postmenopausal Women Who Take Hormone Replacement Therapy and Exercise and Postmenopausal Women Who Take Hormone Replacement Therapy and Who Do Not Exercise, Susan M. Halter

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Attitudes, Beliefs, Perceived Risk, and Knowledge of Colorectal Cancer in an Adult Population in a Northern Plains Community, Donna K. Harris

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Comparison of Rehabilitation Resources and Outcomes by Functional Measurement, Nancy A. Haugen

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Hospital Nursing Staff's Perception of their Professional Relationship with Clinical Faculty Instructors, Nancy Hobson-Marx

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Comparative Study of Circadian Salivary Cortisol Levels in Colic and Noncolic Infants, Alisa L. Hogue

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Comparison of Nursing Facility Administrators, Directors of Nursing and Medical Directors Regarding Certified Nurse Practitioner Practice in Nursing Facilities, Claudia Kapp

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A Descriptive Study of Employer Demand for Nursing Personnel in South Dakota, Kim D. Kee

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The Effects of an Educational Intervention of the Knowledge of, Beliefs about, and Behavioral Intentions Related to Preterm Labor Signs and Symptoms Among Normal, Healthy, Pregnant Women, Rhonda Klages

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Quality of Life and Sexual Functioning of Men Treated with Sildenafil Citrate (Viagra), Susan A. Matthew

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Special Care Unit Nursing Staff to Resident Ratio Relationship to Quality Indicators, Barbara Meek

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Instrinsic Fall Risk Factors and Their Relationship to Falls Suffered by Female Nursing Home Residents, Brian Miller

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Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors of the General Public Regarding Organ Donation, Julie A. Nelson

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Levels of Hope, Fatigue, Dyspnea, Functional Status, and Social Networking Before and After a Structured Exercise Program for Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Elizabeth L. Niemeyer

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A Study of Prescriber Mix and Medication Management, Eric Noyes

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Nurses' Attitudes Toward Nurse Colleagues' Substance Abuse, Teri L. Osterkamp

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Comparison of Exercising and Nonexercising Type 2 Diabetics on Health Locus of Control, Fatigue, Risk Factors, and Barriers, Cynthia J. Pallsen

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Advanced Practice Nurses: Attitudes Towards Caring for AIDS Patients, Diane Robb

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Nurses' Knowledge of Palliative Care in a Midwestern Federal Medical Center, Patricia Snow

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Patterns of Use Among Mammography, Breast Self-examination and Clinical Breast Examination, Cynthia R. Studsdahl

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Motivation and Health Risk Behaviors Among City Employees Who Participate and Do Not Participate in Wellness Programming, Tiffanie Van Eimeren

Theses/Dissertations from 1998

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The Difference between Third-party Payments for Health Care for Successful and Unsuccessful Health Promotion Program Participants, Mark A. Aberle

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Aspirin Use for Prevention of Myocardial Infarction in Rural-Dwelling Elderly, Cheryl Barglof