Careers and Graduate Success in Nursing

Augustana nurses are everywhere.

Our nursing graduates are leaders who work as nurses, educators, and administrators in community health agencies, hospitals, nursing homes, and schools of nursing around the country. Others have served in the military, Peace Corps, Indian Health Service, and as missionaries. A significant number pursue further study at the master’s, Ph.D., Ed.D., DNP and M.D. levels.

A short list of successful Augustana nursing alumni includes:

  • Betsie Collins '15, Oncology Staff Nurse at Mayo Clinic
  • Gretchen Huber '15, Working as a traveling RN across the United States
  • Brandon Varilek '13, Transplant Coordinator at Avera Transplant Institute
  • Bobbi Jo Vanendriessche '10, Doctorate in Nurse Practioner working at ACMC Marshall in family practice and urgent care
  • Renee Callaway '10, OR Traveling Nurse, Advanced Surgical
  • Kristie Wolbring '10, Nurse Practitioner in Florida
  • Ashley Mickiewicz '08, Oncology nurse educator at RWJ Barnabus Health in New Jersey
  • Jamy Anderson '07, Nurse Manager of Labor and Delivery Avera McKennan Hospital
  • Jenna Hermann '07, Coordinator and Assistant Professor for the Family Nurse Practitioner Program at University of Mary - Bismarck, North Dakota
  • Julie Kittelsrud '07, went on to complete her PhD and is wroking as the Avera Twin Register Coordinator and a Certified Nurse Practitioner for Pharmacogenetics at the Avera Institute for Human Genetics
  • Dustin Randall '07, Certified Nurse Practioner at Avera Medical Group Occupational Medicine
  • Shelly Roth '07, Chief Education Service & Designated Learning Officer for the Sioux Falls VA Health Care System
  • Allan Pudwill '06, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Sanford Health
  • Dana Buus '04, Nurse Practitioner at Avera Medical Group Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine
  • Jennifer Whiting '03, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist Avera McKennan Hospital
  • Georgia Stern '00, Birth Place director, Sanford Health
  • Anna (Smith Johnson) Waldner '93, received her Master's from Maryville University St. Louis in 2015 as a Family Nurse Practitioner. Completed her post-masters as a Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner in December 2018. Currently working at Unity Point Inpatient Behavioral Health Unit and Associates for Psychiatric Services in Sioux City, SD.
  • Lori Popkes '90, Chief Nursing Officer for Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center
  • Charis Poppens ’90, hospice coordinator for Sanford Home Health and Hospice
  • Carla Borchardt ’84, Director Professional Practice, Magnet Program Director at Avera McKennan Hospital & University Health Center
  • Mary Oyos ’83, diabetes clinical nurse specialist at Avera Hospital and University Health Center
  • Deborah Letcher '82, Senior Director of Academic Affairs at Sanford Health
  • Teresa Smith '82, VP at Sacred Heart Cancer Service
  • Jill E. Bormann '76, designated as an Academy Edge Runner for the Mantram Repetition Program (MRP) by the American Academy of Nursing. Dr. Bormann is a research health scientist, VA San Diego Healthcare System and clinical professor, Hahn School of Nursing and Health Sciences/Beyster Institute of Nursing Research, University of San Diego. The Edge Runner initiative recognizes nurse-designed models of care that impact cost, improve healthcare quality and enhance consumer satisfaction.

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