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Theresa Garren-Grubbs

Theresa Garren-Grubbs


Clinical Assistant Professor (Brookings)

Office Building

Wagner Hall



Mailing Address

Wagner Hall 353
College of Nursing-Box 2275
University Station
Brookings, SD 57007


DNP- Loyola University Chicago (2020)
MSN- Clinical Nurse Leadership, University of Iowa (2013)
BS- Nursing, Auburn University (2007)
BS-Nutrition and Food Science, Auburn University (2006)

Academic Interests

Adult Medical-Surgical Nursing
Rural health
Quality and Safety

Academic Responsibilities

NURS 119 First Year Nursing Seminar
NURS 372 Professional Nursing Concepts II

Committee Activities

SDSU National Scholarship Committee
College of Nursing Faculty Assembly
College of Nursing Welfare and Development Subcommittee
Life Circle South Dakota


Health Resources and Services Administration 9/2022 – 9/2025
Funding Amount: $1,050,000
PREPARE-RNs: Partnering to Address the Critical Nursing Shortage in South Dakota
Goal: Train and recruit BSN students for careers in rural, acute care settings
Role: Education Project Director

Margaret and Ron Hegge Nursing Faculty Excellence Endowment 12/2022 – 8/2023
Funding Amount: $9,700
NURS 119 Response to Changing College Student Behaviors
Goal: Reimagine NURS 119 to meet the needs of college freshmen
Role: Subject Matter Expert

Health Resources and Services Administration 7/2020 – 6/2023
Funding Amount: $900,000
Upper Midwest Palliative Care Education Network
Goal: Increase knowledge of palliative care among students in healthcare professional programs, health professionals, and the community
Role: Subject Matter Expert

Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Chapter 8/2021 – 12/2022
Funding Amount: $500
Rural Emergency Department Nurses Experiences with Workplace Violence
Goal: To gain an understanding of the rural South Dakota ED nurse’s experiences with workplace violence.
Role: Project Director

Sigma Theta Tau, Phi Chapter 8/2019 – 7/2020
Funding Amount: $500
Advance Care Planning in South Dakota Women Who Farm and Ranch
Goal: The purpose of this project was to determine if the implementation of an education session about ACP conversations increased engagement in ACP and increased documentation of medical wishes in the form of an advance directive for South Dakota farm and ranch women participating in the Power of Women as AgVocates Conference.
Role: Project Director

Professional Memberships

Academy of Medical-Surgical Nurses
Rural Nurse Organization
Clinical Nurse Leader Association
Sigma Theta Tau

Creative Activities

Brown, L., & Garren-Grubbs, T. (2019, updated 2021). Advance care planning for rural families. SDSU Extension. families

Brown, L., & Garren-Grubbs, T. (2021). SDSU Extension, College of Nursing encourage timely talks this holiday season. SDSU Extension.

Brown, L., & Garren-Grubbs, T. (2021). South Dakota State University promotes advance care planning ahead of National Healthcare Decisions Day. SDSU Extension. care-planning-ahead-national-healthcare

Area(s) of Research

Social determinants of health
Palliative Care
Advance Care Planning

Applications of Research

Garren-Grubbs, T., Letizia, M., & Minton, M. (2020). PREPARE-ing South Dakota farm and ranch women for advance care planning. Online Journal of Rural Nursing and Health Care, 20(2).

Garren-Grubbs, T., Huff, K., Pravecek, B., & Stewart, C. (2022, April). South Dakota (SD) Palliative Care Network: Development and dissemination of palliative care education for undergraduate and graduate nursing students across the plains [Podium presentation, accepted]. 33rd Annual Sigma Nursing Research Symposium.

Garren-Grubbs, T. (2021, February). PREPARE-ing South Dakota farm and ranch women for advance care planning [Poster presentation]. 2021 Clinical Nurse Leader Summit.

Garren-Grubbs, T. Letizia, M., & Minton, M. (2021, March 19). PREPARE-ing South Dakota farm and ranch women for advance care planning [Poster presentation]. Ruth K. Palmer Symposium Maywood, IL.

Garren-Grubbs, T. Letizia, M., & Minton, M. (2021, April 16). PREPARE-ing South Dakota farm and ranch women for advance care planning [Podium presentation]. 32nd Nursing Research Symposium hosted by the Phi & Zeta Zeta Chapters of Sigma Theta Tau.