Spotlight On Our Nursing Dept
SGU Director of Nursing Retires
DeAnn Eastman-Jansen is an enrolled member of the Sicangu Oyate and a lifelong resident of the Rosebud Reservation. Her parents were Victor Eastman and Cynthia (Rogers) Eastman. Her grandparents were Rufus Eastman, Charlotte (Young) Eastman and Robert Rogers and Irene (Bordeaux) Rogers. She has been married to Fred Jansen for 34 years DeAnn has 3 children, 4 amazing grandchildren and many other relatives and friends. She feels truly blessed.
DeAnn grew up in St. Francis, SD. As a young girl, she spent a lot of time, in the community of Grass Mountain, at her grandparent’s place along the river and she frequently accompanied her mother to the homestead of her mother’s relatives along the river near White River, SD.
The only time DeAnn left the reservation was for military service and higher education. She was always encouraged to obtain an education and return to the reservation to help her people. DeAnn achieved this goal by being involved in one type of nursing or another for the last 32+ years.
Growing up on the Rosebud Reservation allowed DeAnn to learn the importance of humility, to avoid bragging oneself up, but she has had an illustrious career that we want to acknowledge. DeAnn was in the Army Reserves and National Guard for 8 years as a lab tech and field medic, first with the 311 MASH Unit then with the 730th Medical Clearing Company and made the rank of Sergeant E-5. She served in the USPHS for 21 years and made the rank of Commander 0-5. DeAnn got her BSN and MSN from South Dakota State University (SDSU) and is a proud Jackrabbit! Go Jacks!
DeAnn worked for the Indian Health Service for 21 years of her nursing career in all areas of nursing. She started on the medical/surgical, pediatric and obstetric units, but has also worked in the surgical department, outpatient department, Emergency department, Women’s Health department, Public Health Nursing department. She worked as a Case Manager and was one of the first case managers in the Indian Health Service, she also worked as an Infection Control nurse, employee health nurse, certified diabetes educator, SANE Team member, Incident Command Team member, POD team member and a member of Nursing Administration. She was also acting deputy CEO at the Rosebud Indian Health Service for several months during a period of transition there. She worked as an RN and an FNP during her nursing career.
In the years since DeAnn left the Indian Health Service, she worked at the Todd County School District and St. Francis Indian School as a school nurse. Over her career she has also worked for private sector hospitals and clinics in the area and has made many friends and colleagues over the years.
DeAnn assisted the Rosebud Sioux Tribe and SGU during the COVID-19 pandemic. She experienced personal loss of family members, her beloved Tunwin (Aunt) Betty Young and a few other family members to COVID-19 before the vaccine was available. Not only is DeAnn an advocate for the COVID-19 vaccination, but for all vaccinations and immunizations her entire career. She helped get the immunization clinics at the schools. She administered thousands of immunizations during her career and never had any serious adverse reactions during the entire 32+ years of her nursing career.
She has also been deployed to assist with natural disasters such as hurricanes in the United States with her service in the USPHS. She was involved in setting up and working in the hospital portions of the shelters that were set up to assist those displaced and adversely affected by the hurricanes or other disaster. She worked with members of the USPHS, Red Cross, FEMA and other local response teams.
DeAnn’s history with SGU began as a pre-nursing student. She enrolled in Medical Terminology, and other prerequisite classes to get into nursing school at SDSU.
After acquiring her nursing degree and becoming a licensed RN, DeAnn taught as an adjunct instructor at SGU for many years since 1996. She was a full-time instructor at SGU beginning in 2011, and in 2012 became the Director of Nursing (DON) for the SGU Nursing Program. She went back to work for the Indian Health Service for a few years in 2013 eventually returning to SGU as the DON in 2016 where she remained for the last 6 years. She is very grateful to Leksi, President Lionel Bordeaux for giving her the opportunity to work at SGU for all of these years, and is grateful for having had the opportunity to work with the people of the Rosebud. DeAnn has enjoyed every minute of it. SGU wishes DeAnn good luck in her retirement!
Meet The Nursing Department
Rhonda Lee Jackman is the new Director of Nursing for Sinte Gleska University. She and her husband Steve moved from Dallas, Texas to Rosebud in March of 2022 to serve here as missionaries for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Rhonda has 45 years of experience working with children in the NICU, PICU, Children’s Emergency Room and Pediatric out-patient settings. She worked as the NICU Clinical Manager at Baylor University Medical Center and then managed their out-patient clinic for Medically Fragile and Premature Infants. She and her husband have 6 children and 26 grandchildren that they adore. They spend any time off hiking, exploring, and keeping in contact with family and friends.
I am Laura (Laurie) Dunn, RN, MSN, Certified Nursing/Healthcare Educator, a nursing faculty professor at Sinte Gleska University since September 2017. During the last 48 years in nursing, I have observed and experienced many healthcare settings and changes in administration, technologies, professional staffing, and the roles of nursing in locales of South Dakota, Alaska and Montana. I enjoy travels, vacations, animals and nature. I proudly tell my family and friends that I have happiness and fulfillment in my work with the SGU Nursing Program faculty and gifted nursing students.
Greetings! I am Marissa Bordeaux, Administrative Assistant for the Nursing Department since March 2022. Prior to coming to Sinte Gleska I spent three years at the Department of Social Services working my way from Secretary to Social Worker, my time before that was spent in the customer service industry all the while maintaining the same goal of just wanting to help people in whatever I could. My career goal since I was a young girl has always been to be in the healthcare field, I always felt I was a natural caregiver especially after becoming a mother to two wonderful boys; and with the amazing Nursing Staff here at SGU, my passion has only grown! I plan to continue to pursue my degree in Nursing and/or Health Information technology to continue to contribute to our wonderful program here. During my down time, I love to spend time off with my family, exploring, swimming and teaching my children to just live in the moment!
Michelle Allen is an LPN. She graduated from SGU in 2012. She will be returning to Mitchell Tech this fall to finish her RN degree. She started her career as a nurse working in the Home Healthcare program. She worked for a time as a clinical nurse, then worked with our elders in the Nursing home setting. She was hired at SGU in the fall of 2017 to teach the CNA class in the nursing department. She loves her job and enjoys working with the students. She and her current colleagues make a great team and are very excited about helping the Nursing Program thrive.
She and her late husband, Roger D. Allen, moved from Draper, Utah to Todd County in 1991. They have one daughter and ten sons! She loves being a grandmother, she has 12 granddaughters and almost 8 grandsons.
Sharon Egleston, LPN graduate of Sinte Gleska University 2011, I have lived here with my husband on a ranch outside of White River and have been working as a nurse in Long Term Care, Clinic and Hospital since 2010. I have two beautiful children, Zoe 3 ½ years old and Wesley 1 ½ years old. They are the reason for my desire to continue to grow in my nursing experience. I am loving the opportunity to Tutor/ Mentor nursing students here at Sinte Gleska.
Lakota Story :Šuŋǵila Kiŋ
Šuŋkmánitu Kiči Iŋyáŋkapi
Waŋŋa šuŋǵila waŋ kákena ya ške. Yuŋkaŋ šuŋkmanitu waŋ akíh́aŋ t’iŋ kta ča čaŋ h’utkaŋ waŋ ýatáhaŋ ške.
Šuŋkmánitu : Eča wiča waŋ akíh́aŋ t’iŋ lo.
Eča eh́ah́a yelo. Míyeš le blot’ahuŋka wákte kte nale wáuŋ kiŋ.
Čaŋke míyeš hečaŋnoŋ kiŋ le owáṕ́a ška hepelo,
inše akíh́aŋ mat’iŋ kta ča hepe kiŋ.
W’opate waŋ lečegla ičičaŋyaŋ híyeye kiŋ.
Misuŋ, ekta yiŋ na waŋȟi makáku ye.
Čaŋke waŋna wašiŋ waŋ yápa kagli ške.
Čaŋke akíh́aŋ t’iŋ kta ča čehúpa kiŋ akíyátaka ča š’iŋš’iŋya wóta ške. Waŋna wótiŋ na héya šuŋǵila kiŋ heya:
Šuŋǵila : Waŋna ú wo.
Eyiŋ na iyáya ča iháka iyáye na wópate el í na wóte hel wópate kiŋ iyáza wo omáŋihiŋ na páhata iyótakapi ške na heya:
Ito, čiye, wičoti ekta uŋyiŋ na čep’uŋkič’iyiŋ na uŋku kte. Ihóniata nič’ičagiŋ na miš šuŋka mič’ičaǵiŋ kta. Ho heče hečoŋ k’aŋ na omníowe uŋyáŋkiŋ kte.
Heče wíkoškalaka nuŋp mni híyouŋpi na heyápi:
Wíkoškalakapi : Šuŋka waŋ iyemíčiye nákuŋ ihóničata waŋ iyemíčiye.
Yuŋkaŋ uŋma eyé:
Wikoškalaka : Mak’u na híya, heča uŋničapi ča nupiŋ waglokiŋ kte. Ina, ihoŋíčata waŋ iyečičiye, nakuŋ šuŋka waŋ iyečičiye.
Waŋna ihoŋičata kiŋ ojuha toŋpi šota iyáye el otkeyapi ške.
Ošota mat’iŋ kta, misuŋ.
Wiča kiŋ hóhu páhi glí na hóhu kátaŋpi ške. Hóhu okšupi, eyaš wígli waniča ške. Oyas’iŋ yáskepa ča wígli waniča ške.
Šuŋkmanitu : Ina šuŋka kiŋ le mičičat’iŋ ye. Waŋna čepe.
Šuŋǵila : Čiye, waŋna uŋkni ktelo. Makát’api kta ške lo.
Típi waŋ el wakaŋ lowaŋhanpi ške.
Típi waŋ el wakaŋ lowaŋhanpi kiŋ el ípi na olowaŋ onspeíč’ičiyapi ške na glínapapi na čatku el iŋyaŋ waŋyaŋke glínapapi na yuptáyaŋpi ške.
Yuŋkaŋ pte’óptaye kiŋ etaŋ aglinápapi na h́eyata kiŋyaŋ iŋyáŋkapi ške. Čaŋke šuŋǵila kiŋ šuŋmanitu kiči wičegna iŋyaŋkapi ške.
They Run with Coyotes
There was a fox going somewhere. And since a coyote could be dying of hunger, he kept chewing on a tree root. He said:
Coyote : It’s too bad a man dies of starvation. Well you keep saying so. I will myself kill this war party chief. And I’ll then be chief indeed. They said that I took part in your doing this; well, the fact is that I might starve to death. For sure, all were hanging close against the butcher’s block. My little brothers, please go there and bring me back a piece.
And he brought him back a chunk of fat, carrying it in his mouth. And since he might starve to death, his jaw locked. He ate and he said, the fox said:
Fox: Come, now!
When he up and left, he followed after him, he went to the butcher’s block, where he ate and there at the block he kept walking about, eating one piece after another; and they sat down out on a hill, and he said:
Now then, big brother, lets you and I got to the camp, fatten ourselves; and then come home. You should make for yourself a stone hammer; and I shall make myself a dog.
Well, he dug a hole to do this, and he said: Lets you and I sit in a well.
And then, two young women came for water, and they said:
Woman 1: A dog has recognized me, and also I have found my own hammer.
Woman 2: Give it to me.
Woman 1: No! because we lack such, I will take both home. Mother, I found a hammer for you
and I found for you also a dog.
They said the hammer was hung up in a sack at the smoke vent.
Coyote: Little Brother, I would die of smoke.
A human returned home and collected his bones, and they pulverized his bones. The bones were piled, but they were without oil. All who drank there were, lacking oil. He said:
Mother, please kill this dog for me. It is now fat.
Fox: Brother, lets you and I go home. They say they might kill me.
In a tipi there was sacred singing going on. When there was sacred singing going on in the tipi they went there, and they say they learned the songs, they came out, and they came out seeing a stone in the honor place and rolled over.
And because of a herd of buffalo, they came out, and they ran flying to the hills.
And so, the fox and the coyote ran along with them.
Strengthening the Circle :