TitleAPRN Program Director (Sioux Falls)
Mailing AddressUniversity Center-Nursing
2300 N Career Ave Ste 260, Room 273
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
BiographyDr. Arends graduated from Briar Cliff University in 2001 with a Bachelor's of Science in Nursing degree. She worked as a registered nurse in the Critical Care Unit at Sanford Medical Center. She graduated from South Dakota State University with her Masters of Science degree in the Family Nurse Specialization in 2008 and with her Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree in 2014. In 2021, she graduated from South Dakota State University with her post-graduate certificate as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner. She has worked as a Family Nurse Practitioner at Falls Community Health, and more recently, at Avera eCare in the eCare Senior Care Program. She taught at the University of South Dakota in the Associate of Nursing Degree program from 2005- 2008. She began teaching at South Dakota State University in the Family Nurse Practitioner Program in 2011.
EducationBSN from Briar Cliff University (2001)
MS in the Family Nurse Practitioner Track from South Dakota State University (2008)
DNP from South Dakota State University (2014)
Post-Graduate Certificate in the Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner specialization (2021)
Academic Interests/ExpertiseCurriculum Development
Academic ResponsibilitiesFaculty in graduate APRN practicum courses, DNP Project Courses, and Graduate Pharmacology.
Committee ActivitiesCurriculum Committee
APRN Teaching Team
Awards and HonorsFaculty Policy Intensive through the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (2014)
Leadership Program through the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (2014)
Fellow of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners (2017)
GrantsArends R. Project Investigator. Diabetic Nutrition Education Intervention for Low-Income Patients with Type 2 Diabetes. Funding Source: Sigma Theta Tau-Phi Chapter. Amount awarded: $500 (2013).
Arends, R, Project Director. Rural Telehealth: Enhancing the Academic-Practice Partnership for APRN Education. Funding Source: Health Resources and Services Administration. Amount Awarded: $1,236,870 over 3 years (2015-2018).
Mylant, M., Project Director; Arends, R. Graduate Curriculum Leader. Implementation of Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Education for Health Professionals in South Dakota. Funding Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. Amount Awarded: 546,971 over 3 years (2015-2018)
PatentsArends, R. Gibson, N., Marckstadt, S., Britson, V. Nissen M. Chang, J., & Harming S. (2018). On-line Telehealth Provider Modules.
Professional MembershipsGerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association
Avera McKennan Advanced Practice Provider Council
American Academy of Nurse Practitioners Certification Program
Family Nurse Practitioner Item Test Writer
National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties
American Nurses Association
South Dakota Nurses Association
Nurse Practitioner Association of South Dakota
American Association of Nurse Practitioners
Golden Key Honor Society
Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society
Work ExperienceAvera McKennan eCare. 2015-Present. Certified Nurse Practitioner.
Nurse Practitioner Association of South Dakota. 2015-Present. Executive Director.
South Dakota State University. 2011-Present. Clinical Assistant Professor.
Falls Community Health/Center for Family Medicine. 2008-2014.
University of South Dakota. 2005- 2008. Assistant Professor. Certified Nurse Practitioner
Sanford Medical Center. 2001-2008. Registered Nurse, Critical Care Unit.