Mary Kay Nissen is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Graduate Program at South Dakota State University. She has many years of experience in both undergraduate and graduate nursing education. Ms. Nissen has practiced as an Advanced Practice Provider in Family Health Care since 2009. Her expertise is in Rural Health Care, Occupational Health and Urgent Care. As well as teaching full-time, she maintains a part-time practice in urgent/acute care in a rural community in Iowa. Ms. Nissen received her undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Iowa, a post master’s degree from Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, Iowa and her Doctorate of Nursing Practice from Creighton University in Omaha, NE.
I am a nurse practitioner that specializes in family practice. I worked as a CNA, LPN, and RN prior to obtaining my master’s degree. I have a back ground as a nurse working in the long term and skilled care as well as working at Creighton University Medical Center as a resource nurse. As a resource nurse I was assigned to many different units including: Intensive Care, Cardiac Critical Care, Post Intensive Care, Medical /Surgical floor, Orthopedics, Neurology and Trauma patients. I ended my nursing career working in the post anesthesia care unit at Creighton University Medical Center. I graduated in 2017 from Clarkson College with my Master’s in Nursing specializing in the Family Practice Nurse Practitioner role. I have always lived in the rural setting in Iowa and knew I wanted to serve the rural Iowa community as a Nurse Practitioner. I now am one of two providers who provide care in the walk-in clinic. I have really enjoyed my time in Shenandoah and enjoy taking care of acutely ill patients and assisting them on their road to recovery the best way I can by providing evidenced based care.
Melissa received her Bachelors degree from the University of South Dakota in Social Work. Her primary work involved community mental health in SD. After two years she decided to attend graduate school in San Antonio, Texas where she obtained her Masters in Social Work in 1998. Upon graduation, she moved to Dalhart, Texas for a couple of years before she and her family moved to Grand Forks, North Dakota.
Melissa is very active in her children's lives and can often be found sitting on a bleacher cheering them on at sporting events. She enjoys being outdoors, riding her bike, running or her newest adventure - gardening! She lives in rural Shenandoah with her family and a plethora of animals.
Rose grew up in Essex and now lives in rural Shenandoah. She has worked as SMC for her entire Nursing/Nurse Practitioner Career. She treats clients age 18 and above who need help with diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, and dementia. Mental health conditions require treatment, as do physical conditions, and a person should not suffer needlessly.
Renee Johnson, ARNP, is a graduate of Clarkson College receiving her Bachelors of Science in Nursing in 2007 and her Master's of Science as Family Nurse Practitioner in 2013. She is board certified by the American Nurse Credentialing Center. She has worked for on OB/GYN group in the Denver Metro area prior to relocating back to Southwest Iowa in 2015, when she joined Shenandoah Medical Center. She works alongside SMC's Women's Health Providers and has a special interest in treating patients with incontinence and other forms of pelvic muscle dysfunction.
Jona Hutson DNP is a graduate of Frontier Nursing University, the oldest and top ranked midwifery school in the United States. After graduation, she worked in a large teaching institute at University of Nebraska as a Certified Nurse Midwife where she gathered further experience delivering women’s care.
Jona relocated to Southwest Iowa in late 2017, making her the first Certified Nurse Midwife in the Shenandoah area. She offers a holistic evidence-based approach to OB-GYN care and can answer questions related to nutrition, exercise, relationships, emotions, breastfeeding and parenting in order to help individualize patient care.
Jona serves women, across the lifespan, in need of gynecologic care, preconception care, obstetrical care, delivery, postpartum care, well-women exams, contraception management, and more.