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Jo Voss



Associate Professor (Rapid City)

Office Building


Mailing Address

Rapid City Undergraduate Nursing
1011 11th St
Rapid City, SD 57701


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PhD 2003 University of Nebraska Medical Center; MS 1993 University of Minnesota; BS 1980 Winona State University

Academic Interests/Expertise

Nursing education
Test Anxiety
Critical care
NCLEX success

Academic Responsibilities

My focus of teaching is in the following areas: Pathophysiology, Research, Advanced Practice Roles and NCLEX-RN Preparation. In addition, I am a licensed HeartMath Certified Trainer and a certified HeartMath Mentor.

Committee Activities

Sigma International Nurse Leader Review Committee, Sigma Theta Tau International

Awards and Honors

Nurse Educator Award (2008), South Dakota Nurses Association & South Dakota Deans and Directors; Excellence in Teaching Award (2002), South Dakota State University, College of Nursing; Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities (2002); $1,500 Scholarship (2000), American Association of Critical Care Nurses; and $1,500 Scholarship (1998), American Association of Critical Care Nurses.


Research Grants: 1. Nursing Students’ Use of PDAs to Decrease Preparation Time and Improve Medication Administration Knowledge and Critical Thinking in the Critical Care Setting. 2. Effect of Sedative Music and Scheduled Rest on Anxiety, Pain, and Myocardial Oxygen Demand during Chair Rest in Adult Postoperative Open-Heart Patients.
Program Grants: 1. Prepare And Retain, Education-Service Partnership. 2. Jackrabbits Nurse Camp 2008, 2009, 2010. 3. American Association of Nurse Practitioner Grant 2014.

Professional Memberships

Memberships and affiliations include Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Chapter, American Nurses Association, South Dakota Nurses Association, Midwest Nursing Research Society, and National League for Nurses.

Work Experience

1995-present; Associate Professor; South Dakota State University, Rapid, City, SD
2009-2018; Faculty; Kaplan Nursing, Northwest Region
2004-2006; Staff Nurse; Fort Meade VA Hospital, Fort Meade, SD
1996-2003; ICU Staff RN; Rapid City Regional Hospital, Rapid City, SD
1994-1995; Instructor; Anoka Ramsey College, Coon Rapids, MN
1992-1994; Education; Fairview Northland Regional Hospital Princeton, MN
1984-1992; Staff Nurse; Fairview Princeton Hospital, Princeton, MN
1986-1987; Instructor; St. Cloud Hospital School of Nursing, St. Cloud, MN
1980-1983; Assistant Head Nurse/Staff Nurse; Mt. Sinai Hospital, Minneapolis, MN

Area(s) of Research

In addition to my teaching responsibilities, my research interests include nursing education issues (such as test taking strategies, test anxiety, and use of technology).