A lifelong learner, Rebecca Sime is passionate about learning and education and feels they are key to continual improvement. A degree in Civil Engineering led to serving her community managing design build road and bridge projects for nearly ten years. She felt drawn to the opportunity to further serve her community in the nursing profession.
After graduating from the University of South Dakota with an Associate of Science degree in nursing, she quickly went to work learning, gaining knowledge and developing expertise in long term care, critical access hospitals, the emergency department, dialysis, and the operating room.
She feels education, collaboration, strong working relationships, and planning lead to success. This belief has led her to help others through serving as a charge nurse, nurse trainer, working with staff development, onboarding of new employees, working with students as well as serving on councils, advisory boards and working with leadership groups.
She was selected by her local government to work on a COHORT project to establish a disaster command center in her rural community. This project provided a fully operational disaster command center with generators, radios, meeting areas, and the latest communication technology to be utilized by local law enforcement, disaster relief personnel, healthcare workers, city/rural utility providers, volunteers, and other entities.
While serving on the frontlines during the worldwide pandemic she became passionate about the need to get infection prevention and control education into the forefront of healthcare systems. She manages South Dakota’s nationally recognized Project Firstline program, where she shares her passion with other members of the frontline by providing training and education throughout the state.