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State's Varilek named to national graduate nursing student council

Brandon Varilek
Brandon Varilek

South Dakota State University graduate student Brandon Varilek has been named to the Graduate Nursing Student Academy Leadership Council.

The Leadership Council consists of 10 graduate nursing student members who will serve a two-year term to help shape the formation of the GNSA and provide direction on what programs, services and resources should be developed to meet the needs of nursing students in master’s and doctoral degree programs.

Varilek was named a GNSA liaison in 2016. In that role, he is the primary contact for State and serves in a leadership capacity by distributing information to his fellow students.

“It is an honor to be selected to serve on the leadership council,” said Varilek, who completed his third year pursuing a doctor of philosophy degree in nursing. “Serving on the leadership council will impact both my college and professional careers. I will be working directly with the AACN for the next two years on the leadership council.

“My new role gives SDSU a strong voice at the national level, and my fellow graduate students will further benefit from a deeper knowledge of what the GNSA is and what it has to offer them,” he continued. “At the professional level, I will gain valuable leadership experience that I will be able to carry through to my future positions after graduation.”

Varilek, who plans to complete his degree in 2019, would like to become a faculty member at a university. He plans to pursue a position that would allow him to be in the classroom and conduct research in palliative care. Varilek, a registered nurse, currently works full time at Avera McKennan as a solid organ transplant coordinator.