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DWU’s Jarding named SD District 7 Nurse of Year

Dakota Wesleyan’s Carena Jarding, assistant professor of nursing, received the South Dakota District 7 Nurse of the Year Award at the South Dakota Nurse Association State Convention in Aberdeen.

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“She has demonstrated a sincere desire to create a learning environment and served in a mentor role for nurses, especially those new to the profession,” stated her nomination.

Jarding serves as a faculty member in the RN program at DWU. She is also an active member in District 7 as an event planner and served as the site coordinator for the first ever Certified Nursing Assistant Institute held at DWU in July of this year.

She also served as an instructor and a course coordinator for the 10-day event. Ten high school women attended the training days, and all successfully completed the course. Jarding serves as a mentor to nursing students through the work of their Student Nurse Association.

She encourages the students’ participation in charitable events such as food drives, assisting with the Mitchell Snack Pack Program and volunteering at the annual Community Health Fair held in Mitchell.

At the health fair, students are actively involved in screenings and assisting medical professionals throughout the full day event.

— Source: DWU