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Mary Minton

Mary Minton


Associate Dean Graduate Nursing, Associate Professor (Brookings)

Office Building

Wagner Hall



Mailing Address

Wagner Hall 217
Graduate Nursing-Box 2275
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


Dr. Minton's professional career includes clinical expertise in medical-surgical, oncology, faith community nursing, and home health. She is a seasoned undergraduate and graduate nursing educator, researcher, and administrator. Dr. Minton's research expertise is in areas of palliative and end-of-life care. Her current project was funded by the Palliative and Hospice Nursing Foundation and included instrument development to describe rural and urban nurse comfort with palliative and end-of-life communication.


BA, Augustana University, Major: Nursing
MS, University of Michigan, Major: Nursing, clinical focus in adult oncology
PhD, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Major: Nursing, focus on spousal bereavement-related stress and coping in older women

Academic Responsibilities

N815: Philosophical Basis of Nursing Inquiry
N832: Mixed Methods Research

Specialty Area

  • Spousal bereavement, spiritual care, palliative/end of life care

Awards and Honors

2019 College of Nursing Outstanding Researcher
2016 Certified Hospice Palliative Nurse (CHPN)
2014 Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching, Research, and Leadership, SDSU College of Nursing
2009-2010 External Research Mentor Awardee. Funding source: SDSU College of Nursing ($1500).


Minton, M. [Content expert and consultant]. (FY19) Evaluation and Assessment Services for the South Dakota Palliative Care Network. Funding source (2018-2019, $17,100, Avera Cancer Institute Mitchell, flow-through Human Resources and Services Administration, Population Health Evaluation Center service contract).
Minton, M. (Evaluation Mentor). Cancer Patient Survivorship, SD Department of Health Cancer Programs (2015-2016) CDC DP15-1501-Evaluation Plan.
Minton, M, & Isaacson, M. (co-PI). Nurse Attitudes Toward Palliative Care Certification: A Rural and Urban Assessment. Funding Source: Hospice and Palliative Nurses Foundation, 2015-2016 (15,000).
Minton, M., Evaluator. Nurses Leading Interprofessional Collaborative Practice Innovation: Interprofessional Teams Improving Access and Care for the Underserved. Principal Investigator, Gwenneth Jensen (Sanford Health, SD; $50,919). Funding Source: USDHHS, HRSA, Division of Nursing. (2014-2017).
Eidsness, L., Minton, M., Bloom, K., Isaacson, M.: Palliative and End of Life Education in Rural South Dakota: A Pilot Workshop for Interprofessionals; 2013-2014 SD CCCP implementation grant ($5000). Goal: To pilot a one-day interprofessional education workshop to palliative care providers residing in a rural or frontier setting.
Petereit, D. (PI), co-investigators Minton, M., Banik, D., Boylan, A., Kussman, P.: The Impact of Navigation on Breast Cancer Patients. Funding source: NIH, Walking Forward Program ($11,237). Goal: To determine the impact of navigation on breast cancer patients.
Minton, M.: Principal Investigator: Assessing Nurses’ Comfort with Patient Initiated Prayer Request. Funding source: Sigma Theta Tau International, Phi Chapter ($750). Goal: Describe staff RN comfort level with patient prayer in the hospital setting.
Minton, M.: Co-Principal Investigator: Statewide Assessment of Hospice and Palliative Care Services. Funding source (2012-2013; $10,000 SD Department of Health, flow through CDC, N. Fahrenwald, co-PI). Goal: To identify rural hospice and palliative care needs and service gaps in order to improve quality of care.
Fahrenwald, N. (PI), Minton, M. Co-Investigator: Outcomes of the South Dakota Comprehensive Cancer Control program. Funding Source (2012-2014, $35,000 SD Department of Health, flow through CDC), Goal: To co-facilitate the quality of life workgroup, which is focused on improving access to quality cancer care for survivors, but inclusive of end of life and palliative care services.

Training Grants
Minton, M. Project Director. Nurse Faculty Loan Program. Funding Source: USDHHS, HRSA, Division of Nursing. (Recurring annually; 2014-present, total $ 734,758).
Minton, M. Project Director. Jonas Scholar Program. Funding Source: Jonas Center for Nursing
and Veterans Healthcare. (2014-2018; 50,000).
Minton, M. Project Director. Advanced Education Nursing Traineeship. Funding Source: USDHHS, HRSA, Division of Nursing. (2014-2016; $671, 440).

Professional Memberships

Midwest Nursing Research Society
Sigma Theta Tau, Phi and Zeta Zeta Chapters
South Dakota Nurses Association
American Nurses Association
Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

Work Experience

2014-present Associate Academic Dean, Graduate Nursing South Dakota State University College of Nursing
2013-present Associate Professor South Dakota State University College of Nursing
2007-2013 Assistant Professor South Dakota State University College of Nursing
Facilitator Sanford School of Medicine Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Seminar
1998-2006 Parish Nurse Calvary Lutheran Church, Rapid City, SD
1996-1998 In-service Educator/Quality Control Rushmore Nursing Services Rapid City, SD
1995-1996 Case Manager Rushmore Nursing Services Rapid City, SD
1988-1989 Instructor South Dakota State University
1985-1990 Instructor Rapid City Regional School of Nursing
1981-1984 Staff Nurse/Chemotherapy Nurse St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ypsilanti, MI
1979-1981 Staff Nurse La Crosse Lutheran Hospital, La Crosse, WI

Creative Activities

2016-present: Co-facilitator, Pilot Training for Empathic Listening and Mentoring Model; Compassionate Outreach Group; South Dakota State Penitentiary;

Area(s) of Research

Palliative and End of Life Care
Spiritual Care
Training grants for Graduate Nursing

Applications of Research

Selected publications:
Isaacson, M., Minton, M., & DaRosa, P. (2019). Nurse comfort with palliative and end of life
communication: A rural and urban comparison. Journal of Hospice and Palliative Nursing,
21(1), 38-45. doi: 10.1097/NJH.0000000000000483
Hershberger, P.E., Minton, M., Voss, J.G., McCarthy, A.M., Murrock, C.J., Topp, R. & Talsma,
A. (Epub ahead of print, August 30, 2018). Midcareer faculty needs identified by the
MNRS Midcareer Scholars Task Force. Western Journal of Nursing Research. doi
Arends, R., Britson, V., & Minton, M. (2018). Bridging university institutional and
accreditation standards: An advanced practice registered nurse (APRN) program exemplar.
Intersection, Winter-Spring, 5-9.
Isaacson, M., & Minton, M. (2018). End-of-life communication: Co-creating the closing
composition with patients and families. Advances in Nursing Science, 41(1), 2-17. doi:
Minton, M., Isaacson, M., Varilek, B., Stadick, J., & O’Connell-Persaud, S. (2017). A
willingness to go there: Nurses and spiritual care. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 00:1-9. Retrieved from
Minton, M., Isaacson, M., & Banik, D. (2016). Prayer and the registered nurse (PRN): Nurses’ reports of Ease and Dis-ease with patient
initiated prayer request. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 72(9), 2185-2195. doi: 10.1111/jan12990
Petereit, D., Omidpanah, A., Boylan, A., Kussman, P., Baldwin, D., Banik, D., . . . Guadagnolo, A. (2016). A multi-faceted approach to
improving breast cancer outcomes in a rural population, and the potential impact of patient navigation. South Dakota
Medicine, June issue, 267-271.
Minton, M., Kerkvliet, J., Mitchell, A., & Fahrenwald, N. (2014). Palliative and end-of-life
care in South Dakota. South Dakota Medicine, 67(5), 185-189.



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