2018-2019 Catalog and Handbook 
    May 21, 2022  
2018-2019 Catalog and Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Registered Nurse Faculty

Kristin Possehl, RN, MSN, MEd, BSN
Nursing Program Director
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Kristin began teaching at Southeast Tech in April, 2001, when she was hired as the LPN Program Director. Since that time, she has led the nursing program through tremendous growth, the addition of the LPN to RN AAS degree, and national accreditation for the RN program. Kristin’s job now is administering the program and supervising the large nursing staff. Kristin was appointed to the SD Board of Nursing in 2010, and currently serves as president. Prior to working at Southeast Tech, she taught high school courses in Brookings, for students interested in health careers. She has also worked as an RN in school nursing, pediatrics, and pediatric oncology. Kristin received a MSN from University of Phoenix, a MEd from South Dakota State University, and a BSN from Vanderbilt University.

She lives in Brookings and enjoys flower gardening, quilting and other crafts and spending time with family.

Education: RN, MSN, University of Phoenix; MEd, South Dakota State University; BSN, Vanderbilt University

Stephanie Entringer, RN, MSN Ed, BAN
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Stephanie has taught at Southeast Tech full time since January 2011, beginning in the Health Core and recently transitioning to the Nursing Department. Prior to teaching at Southeast Tech, Stephanie served as an adjunct classroom instructor at National American University as well as a clinical instructor for Northwest Iowa Community College.  

She holds certifications in Basic Life Support, Advanced Cardiac Life Support, and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.

Stephanie’s nursing experience includes long-term care, correctional health, pulmonary nursing, and post-anesthesia care. She is an active member of the National Society of Leadership and Success and Sigma Theta Tau International Society of Nursing.
Education: RN, MSN Ed., Clarkson College, BAN, Augustana College
Sara J. Lease, RN, MSN, BSN
Instructor/RN Coordinator
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Sara J. Lease has been teaching at Southeast Tech for seven years specializing in mental health and medical-surgical courses.

Regarding her teaching philosophy, Sara believes that personal contact with students is essential to her approach. Many need encouragement to talk to their instructor, so she emphasizes her availability for informal discussion and her willingness to help them sort out any problems they have with what they are learning. Her experience as an instructor is greatly enriched by this contact with students. Sara stated, “I am fortunate to teach in a professional school where I can follow the progress of the students through the program and sometimes beyond graduation.”

As she gained experience and confidence as an instructor, she came to regard teaching as her primary professional responsibility. Consequently, she moved into some areas of teaching administration and faculty development. Her current position as RN program coordinator legitimizes her efforts to effect changes in the nursing curriculum, and places her where she can have an influence on the “learning climate” of the nursing school. She is able to help her colleagues develop as teachers in her role as a veteran instructor.
Education: RN, MSN, University of Phoenix ; BSN, South Dakota State University; AA, University of South Dakota; LPN, Minnesota West-Worthington
Jaclyn Kramer, RN, MSN, BSN
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Jaclyn Kramer has been teaching at Southeast Tech since 2011 as an adjunct clinical instructor and has taught full time since 2013.  

She has a master’s degree in nursing with an emphasis in education from Indiana Wesleyan University.  

She has a wide range of industry experience including home health care, geriatrics, maternal pediatric, and travel nursing.

Her teaching philosophy encompasses a “partnership with students approach, students need to be equal partners in the learning process.” She states “I bring a lot of energy to my class. If I can’t get excited about my subject, why should my students? A positive atmosphere and personal contact with students is essential to my approach. Students need encouragement to talk to their teachers, so I emphasize my availability for informal discussion and my willingness to work through any problems they have with the information they are learning. My experience as a teacher is greatly enhanced by this contact with students.”
Education: RN, MSN, Indiana Wesleyan University; BSN, University of Sioux Falls
Myra Werkmeister, RN, BSN

Myra J.Werkmeister has been teaching as both adjunct and full-time at Southeast Tech since January 2015 working in both the LPN and LPN-RN programs. Myra began working in healthcare in 1999 as a nursing assistant and has since worked in the roles of CNA, UAP, LPN, and RN. Career experiences include long-term care, correctional health, and hospice. Myra has always had an aspiration to teach others about nursing. Watching concepts of critical thinking grow in students is the most rewarding part of being Nursing Faculty. Nursing Faculty roles include simulation clinical, on-site clinical, skills lab, and lecture. Myra is proud to serve others at an institution that helped her grow in her nursing career.

Education: Practical Nursing, Western Iowa Tech, Sioux City, IA; LPN-RN Southeast Tech, Sioux Falls, SD; RN-BSN, Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, SD

Katie Farrell
Nursing Program Secretary
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Katie earned her Bachelor’s degree in Nutrition and Health Science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2014, and has worked in health care since 2011. She has worked in Physical Therapy, Pharmacy, and as a yoga and Pilates instructor. She strives to make the lives of nursing students a little easier, and supports the students and faculty of the Southeast Tech Nursing Program in any way she can.

Katie lives in Sioux Falls and enjoys travelling, coffee, and camping and hiking with her family.