Vandemark Michelle

Michelle VanDemark MSN, RN, ANP-BC, CNRN, CCSN, SCRN

Sioux Falls, SD


2007-2009 University of Nebraska Medical Center, Omaha, NE  Post Masters Certificate       
1988-1990 Loyola University, Niehoff School of Nursing, Chicago, IL   MSN                           
1984-1986 Northwestern University, Center for Nursing, Chicago, IL   BSN                          
1982-1984 Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, IL  BA Biology


Fellow Neurocritical Care Society, 2015                              
Sanford Employee of the Year, Birkeland Administrative Innovation Award, 2009                                               
Alpha Sigma Nu, the National Jesuit Honor Society, 1990                                                         
Alpha Beta Chapter of Sigma Theta Tau, National Nursing Honor Society, 1989 

Vision for Neuroscience Nursing:

The art of neuroscience is growing exponentially, and the role of neuroscience nurses in today’s health care environment is becoming more critical with its unique responsibility. With fewer resources and reduced access to health care, nurses play an instrumental role in providing services throughout the continuum of care. Nurses enhance the health and quality of life of the people for whom we care. The treatment of neuroscience patients is becoming more complex, and neuroscience nurses are committed to providing high quality care that demands a special blend of knowledge, skills, and talents. This high quality care will occur as neuroscience nurses continue to conduct research to generate new knowledge and further develop an evidence-based practice. It is important for neuroscience nurses to articulate our knowledge and be recognized internationally as experts in the care of neuroscience patients. Finally, neuroscience nurses need to be visible and actively involved in the legislative process regarding health care policy. By remaining strong, articulate, and united, we will play an important role in the development of our country’s health care.

Vision for the Association:

The American Association of Neuroscience Nurses is a dynamic organization.  It has weathered many challenges in the past and has grown stronger, becoming a premier professional nursing organization.  I envision AANN will continue to grow during this turbulent time arising from factors such as a weak economy and health care crisis.  Despite the challenging circumstances, neuroscience nurses are knowledgeable and talented; we need to communicate with our members and work together to further develop and grow our association on an international level.  To do so, AANN must strengthen its partnerships with other health care organizations.  We also must take a more active role in advocacy at the local and national levels, becoming a voice for neuroscience nurses and our patients.  AANN must provide opportunities for the novice as well as the experienced advanced practice nurse; investing in our members should be a priority.  We must access today’s technology and develop interactive programs to educate and provide more clinical practice guidelines that neuroscience nurses can use at the bedside

Accomplishments in Professional Positions:

Neuroscience nursing has allowed me the opportunities to practice in many different roles within my nursing career.  I have been a staff nurse within the neuroscience and critical care floors, a clinical nurse specialist, and a nurse practitioner.  I worked as a neuroscience CNS for more than 18 years, involved in program development, staff education and research.  I helped spearhead our hospital’s initial JCAHO Disease Specific Certification for Stroke, and we have since been re-certified five times.  In 2008, our hospital received a grant from the Adam Williams Initiative that I used to lead a team of health care professionals in improving head injury management.  For the past seven years, I have been practicing as a neurocritical care nurse practitioner; I have found this position to be particularly rewarding given my responsibilities in managing the care of neuroscience patients throughout their entire hospital stay.  In my career, I have found neuroscience nursing to be an incredibly exciting profession.

Accomplishments in Leadership Positions:

Fellow Neurocritcal Care Society, 2015-present.                                              
Secretary-Treasurer, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, 2012-2015.                     
Member, Multiple Sclerosis Clinical Advisory Committee of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Dakota Chapter, 2006-2014
Coordinator, Sanford Medical Center recipient of the Adam Williams Traumatic Brain Injury Initiative, 2008 – present.              
Clinical Instructor, Sanford USD Medical School, 2007-present.                                     
Member, Journal of Neuroscience Nurses Editorial Review Board, 2006 -2010.                        
Certified Neuroscience Registered Nurse Prep Material Task Force for AANN, 2005-2010.             
Board of Director, American Association of Neuroscience Nurses, 2000-2003.                
Coordinator of Special Focus Groups for AANN, 1998-2000.                             
Member, CNRN Item Writing Committee, 1996-2000.                                 
Member, Continuing Education Committee for AANN, 1996-2000.                         
Co-chair, Advanced Practice Nursing Special Focus Group for AANN, 1997-1998.                    
President, Great Plains Chapter of AANN, 1995-1997.                               
Treasurer, Northern Illinois Chapter of AANN, 1990-1992.

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