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Heidi Mennenga

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Title Assistant Professor (Brookings)
Office Building Wagner Hall
Room Number 313
Mailing Address South Dakota State University
College of Nursing
SWG 313, Box 2275
Brookings, SD 57007
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Applications of Research

Mennenga, H., Bassett, S., & Pasquariello, E. (In Press). Empathy development through case study and simulation.
Nurse Educator, 41(3).
Mennenga, H., Johansen, L., Foerster, B., & Tschetter, L. (In Press). Using simulation to improve student and faculty
knowledge of telehealth and rural characteristics. Nursing Education Perspectives, XX(X), XX.
Mennenga, H., Tschetter, L., & Sanjaya, L. (2015). Student perceptions of quality and safety competencies.
International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 12(1). doi: 10.1515/ijnes-2015-0034,
Mennenga, H. (2015- In Press). Student perceptions of digital textbooks: A pilot study. Nursing Education Perspectives.
Mennenga, H. (2015). Time to adjust: Team-based learning two years later. Nurse Educator, 40(2), 75-78. doi:
Sook Roh, Y., Jeong Lee, S., & Mennenga, H. (2014). Factors influencing learner satisfaction with team-based learning
among nursing students. Nursing and Health Sciences, 16, 490-497. doi: 10.1111/nhs.12118.
Mennenga, H. (2013). Student engagement and examination performance in a team-based learning course. Journal of
Nursing Education, 52(8), 475-479. doi:
Mennenga, H., & Tschetter, L. (2013). Using a first-year seminar to introduce nursing. Nurse Educator, 38(5), 218-222.
doi: 10.1097/NNE.0b013e3182a0e5d0
Lubeck, P., Tschetter, L., & Mennenga, H. (2013). Team-based learning: An innovative approach to teaching maternal-
newborn nursing care. Journal of Nursing Education, 52(2), 112-115. doi:
Mennenga, H. (2012). Development and psychometric testing of the Team-Based Learning Student Assessment
instrument. Nurse Educator, 37(4), 168-172. doi: 10.1097/NNE.0b013e31825a87cc
Mennenga, H., & Smyer, T. (2010). A model for easily incorporating team-based learning into nursing education.
International Journal of Nursing Education Scholarship, 7(1). doi:
Mennenga, H., & Hendrickx, L. (2008). Faculty concerns regarding the requirement of laptops in the classroom. Nurse
Educator, 33(4), 151-154. doi: 10.1097/01.NNE.0000312197.74191.8d

Professional Memberships

My memberships include: South Dakota Nurses Association, Sigma Theta Tau, National League for Nursing, and Midwest Nursing Research Society. I am also a member of the Team-Based Learning Collaborative.

Area(s) of Research

Team-based learning, Student outcomes, Rural health, health policy

Academic Responsibilities

Currently, I teach in undergraduate courses and graduate quantitative research courses.

Committee Activities

I serve as the undergraduate curriculum chair.


Department of Health & Human Services, SAMHSA 2015-2018
Funding amount: $550,000
Implementation of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Education for Health Professionals in South Dakota
Goal: The purpose of this grant is to adapt and implement the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral
to Treatment (SBIRT) curriculum for use with pre-licensure nursing students, advanced practice nursing students, pharmacy students, and graduate counseling students to provide the skills necessary to screen and refer patients who are at risk for substance abuse disorder.
Role: Project Manager, Undergraduate Nursing Curriculum Leader
South Dakota Department of Health 5/2015-4/2016
Funding amount: $50,470
Assessment of Tobacco-free Policy in Healthcare Facilities
Goal: The purpose of this grant is to collect and evaluate the existence and quality of tobacco-free policies in healthcare settings statewide and gather information on provision of cessation services, including cessation information included in the tobacco-free healthcare policies or additional existing cessation policies.
Role: Principal Investigator
South Dakota Department of Health (as part of above grant) 5/2015-4/2016
Funding amount: $5,552 In-kind contribution
Assessment of Patient Navigation and Tobacco Cessation Services in Cancer Treatment Centers
Goal: The purpose of this grant is to assess patient navigation and tobacco cessation services available in cancer treatment centers located in South Dakota.
Role: Principal Investigator
HRSA, Division of Nursing, Nursing Education, Practice, Quality and Retention Program 7/2011- 7/2014
Funding amount: $1,099,614
Simulation, informatics, technology enhancement (SITE) to strengthen quality and delivery of rural nursing education
Goal: This grant will strengthen the quality and delivery of baccalaureate nursing education by expanding the use of technology-based learning to meet rural health needs in South Dakota.
Role: Project evaluator
Women & Giving 12/2013-12/2014
Funding amount: $2000
Consistent Client Exposure: Effects on Student Empathy
Goal: The purpose of this grant is to examine the impact of consistent single client exposure versus random multiple client exposure on the self-reported empathy level of baccalaureate nursing students.
Role: Principal investigator

Awards & Honors

2016 National Rural Health Association Rural Health Fellow; 2016 Outstanding Scholar for the College of Nursing; 2014 Teacher of the Year; 2013 College of Nursing Faculty Award for Excellence;
2010 Outstanding PhD Student Award;
2009 Yaffa Dahan Dissertation Award

Research/Scholarship Responsibilities

I am currently conducting research related to the team-based learning, rural health, and health policy.


I completed my PhD in Nursing at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in August 2010. In 2006, I completed my Master of Science in Nursing at South Dakota State University.