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Brandon Varilek

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Assistant Professor (Sioux Falls)

Office Building


Mailing Address

Community College of Sioux Falls-Nursing
2300 Career Ave Ste 260
Sioux Falls, SD 57107


PhD in Nursing - 2020 - South Dakota State University
BAN in Nursing - 2013 - Augustana University

2015-2020: PCCN (Progressive Care Certified Nurse)
2021-Present: PCCN-K (Progressive Care Certified Nurse - Knowledge)
2017-Present: CCTC (Certified Clinical Transplant Coordinator)
2020-Present: CNE® (Certified Nurse Educator®)
2021-Present: CHPN® (Certified Palliative and Hospice Nurse®)

Academic Interests/Expertise

Care of chronic disease, Veterans' Health, Cystic Fibrosis, kidney & pancreas transplantation, palliative care and end-of-life care, health disparities, transcultural healthcare

Academic Responsibilities

Graduate and Undergraduate Nursing Courses


Mollman, Sarah (Principal Investigator), Varilek, Brandon (co-investigator). Title: Achieving Health Equity for Rural Patients Living with Advanced Cancer: Adapting an Early Palliative Care Intervention. Funding Source: South Dakota State University, RSCA Challenge Fund. (7/1/2021-6/30/2022).

Varilek, Brandon (Principal Investigator). Title: Assessing Palliative Care Knowledge Among Female Veterans with Serious Illness. Funding Source: South Dakota State University, College of Nursing Seed Grant. (5/1/2021-4/30/2022).

Professional Memberships

Transcultural Nursing Society
Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society - Phi Chapter
American Nurses Association
South Dakota Nurses Association
National League of Nursing
Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association
The Society of Federal Health Professionals (AMSUS)

Applications of Research

Wiley, H. R. L., Varilek, B. M., Saucedo-Crespo, H., Sakpal, S. V., Auvenshine, C., Steers, J., Nelson, M. E., & Santella, R. N. (2021). Kidney transplant outcomes in Indigenous people of the Northern Great Plains of the United States. Transplant Proceedings, 53(6), 1872-1879.

Varilek, B. M., & Isaacson, M. J. (2021). Female Veteran use of palliative and hospice care: A scoping review. Military Medicine, 1-6. Advance online publication.

Varilek, B. M., & Isaacson, M. (2020). The dance of cystic fibrosis: Experiences of living with cystic fibrosis as an adult. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 29(17-18), 3553-3564.

Minton, M. E., Isaacson, M. J., Varilek, B. M., Stadick, J. L., & O'Connell‐Persaud, S. (2018). A willingness to go there: Nurses and spiritual care. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 27(1-2), 173-181.

Isaacson, M., Karel, B., Varilek, B. M., Steenstra, W. J., Tanis-Heyenga, J. P., & Wagner, A. (2015). Insights from health care professionals regarding palliative care options on South Dakota reservations. Journal of Transcultural Nursing, 26(5), 473-479.



My Bibliography - NCBI

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