March 26, 2010
The Morningside College Department of Nursing and the Morningside Student Nurses’ Association have named Lisa Feller of Pierre, S.D., as the 2010 nursing alumna of the year.
Feller is a native of Kingsley, Iowa, and a 1986 graduate of Morningside with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. She is director and associate professor of the University of South Dakota (USD) nursing campus in Pierre and provides direction and oversight for all USD nursing education efforts in central South Dakota.
Feller will deliver the keynote speech for the opening of the 28th annual Maud Adams Nursing Research Day on Wednesday, April 14, in the Yockey Family Community Room in the Olsen Student Center, 3609 Peters Avenue, on the Morningside campus. The title of her speech is “The Quality and Safety Education for Nurses Initiative: Reshaping Professional Identity Formation.” Feller is scheduled to begin her remarks at 8:45 a.m.
During the keynote address, the Nursing Alumni Scholarship will be presented in Feller’s honor to Heather Heilman of Mound, Minn. Heilman is a senior at Mound Westonka High School and plans to enroll at Morningside this fall to pursue a bachelor of science in nursing degree. The scholarship is presented each year to a student who shows potential for outstanding professionalism in nursing.
Morningside senior nursing students will present their research projects in the Hindman-Hobbs HPER Center, 3501 Peters Ave., from 10 to 11 a.m. as part of Morningside’s Palmer Student Research Symposium.
Feller has extensive nursing and nursing supervisory experience. After graduation from Morningside, she worked as a nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital in Pierre. Feller later taught nursing at Presentation College’s Eagle Butte, S.D., campus and USD’s Pierre campus. She worked as chronic disease prevention coordinator for the South Dakota Department of Health in Pierre before joining St. Mary’s Healthcare Center in Pierre, where she served as clinical pathway coordinator and later as assistant inpatient director. Feller became an assistant professor of nursing at USD in 2000.
The nursing research day started in 1983 as a tribute to the late Maud Adams, a former chair of the Morningside nursing department. Before she came to Morningside, Adams served as a staff nurse, instructor, and administrator in various public health agencies and nursing programs.