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Kay Foland

Kay Foland


Professor Emeriti

Office Building


Mailing Address

Graduate Nursing & Doctoral Program Office
1220 Mount Rushmore Rd Ste 2
Rapid City, SD 57701


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PhD: The University of Texas at Austin; MSN: University of Nebraska Medical Center BS: South Dakota State University RN: Dipolma Rapid City Regional School of Nursing

Academic Interests/Expertise

Psychiatric nursing, research, health policy, professional issues, communication, community health, assessment

Academic Responsibilities

Currently, I teach both online and face-to-face courses with teaching responsibilities in psychiatric nursing theory and clinical, research, communication, health policy, community health, and professional issues. I teach in the baccalaureate, RN Upward Mobility, master’s, DNP and PhD programs. I maintain a private practice as a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner.

Specialty Area

  • Psychiatric Nursing

Awards and Honors

SD Nurses Association – Pioneer in Nursing award - 2009 SDSU College of Nursing, Award of Excellence - 2008 Craig, G., Foland, K. & Smyer, T. (2005 Classics Award). MERLOT Award for Exemplary Online Learning Resources for digital scholarship in the Health Sciences on Native American Elders Health Care Series. Peer-reviewed online resource. SD Nurses Association President’s Award, 1996 SDSU F.O. Butler Excellence in Teaching Award, 1994 SD Nurses Association District #1 Nurse of the Year, 1990 Professional Nurse Traineeship Recipient, 1980-1981, 1985-1989

Professional Memberships

Memberships and affiliations include the Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Kappa Phi, Midwest Nursing Research Society, American Nurses Association, American Psychiatric Nurses Association and the South Dakota Nursing Association. I am active in MNRS, SDNA, ANA, APNA, and Sigma Theta Tau.

Area(s) of Research

My thesis and dissertation looked at the concept of attachment, both at birth and for older adults. Subsequent research has focused on the older adult and issues related to quality of life, depression, and cognitive impairment and adverse drug effects in nursing home residents.

Applications of Research

Dieter, C. & Foland, K. (2005). Should clinical experience be required to enter an advanced practice program? JNP: The Journal for Nurse Practitioners, 1(3), 158-159. Shaver, P. & Foland, K. (2000). Elder mistreatment. The Clinical Letter for Nurse Practitioners, 4(4), 5-6. Mort, J., Foland, K., & Brandt, H. (2003). Retrospective Survey of long-term care staff: 12 conditions identified, reactions evaluated and reported as suspected adverse drug The Consultant Pharmacist, 18(8), 682-690. Horner, A., Foland, K., & Miller, D. (2000). Jog your memory: A community screening. Geriatric Nursing, 21(1), 51-54.