Roberta K. Olson Papers

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UA 053.041

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Roberta K. Olson Papers


  • 1936-2014 (Accumulation)


3.0 linear feet (3 records center boxes)

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Roberta K. Olson was named dean of the College of Nursing at South Dakota State University in 1994. During her tenure, she increased the number of entering students each year from 136 to 304. The number of graduate students more than doubled. She established an online master’s degree program in 2002 and started a Ph.D. program in nursing in 2005, and a doctor or nursing practice degree program in 2009. / Dean Olson holds bachelors and master’s degrees in nursing from South Dakota State University. She earned a doctorate in organization and administration of higher education from Saint Louis University. She received the Sr. Bernadette Armiger Award from the American Association of Colleges of Nursing. / Dean Olson conducted research in Nursing Science, Allied Health Science and Medical Science Nursing.

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Composed of materials related to her tenure at Dean of the College of Nursing at South Dakota State University. Included are reports, correspondence, newspaper clippings, publications, presentations, notes, writings, and photographs.

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This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Researchers conducting extensive research are asked to make an advance appointment to access archival material. Please call or e-mail prior to visiting the collection and indicate as much detail as possible about a particular topic and intended use.

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South Dakota State University supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted as a result of their fragile condition or by contractual agreements with donors.

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  • English

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The mentor connection in nursing, by Connie Vance and Roberta K. Olson. Publisher: New York: Springer Publishing Company, c1998. Call number: RT86.45.M46 1998

Mentorship in nursing: a collection of research abstracts with selected bibliographies, 1977-1992 by Robert K. Olson and Connie Nicodemus Vance. Publisher: Houston, Texas: University of Texas Printing Services, 1993, Call number: RT86.45.O437 1993

College of Nursing history, 1935-2015, Carol Jean Peterson, Marge Hegge, Linda Kropenski, Robert K. Olson, and Sylvia Pickard compilers, 2015. Publisher: Brookings, South Dakota: publisher not identified. Call number: S537.S6 C64 2015

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UA 53.41

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