Campus notes for Sept. 25

New nursing instructor at Minnesota West

The Pipestone campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College welcomes a new nursing instructor, Tracy Hansen, who just started this fall semester as the lead instructor for the Pipestone practical nursing program.

Hansen is a graduate of the Pipestone campus practical nursing program and says “serving the students of Minnesota West will be an honor. I love having the opportunity to give back to the college. Hansen completed her associate degree of nursing at the Worthington campus then continued on to South Dakota State University for her bachelors of science in nursing degree, which she completed in 2012. She has a passion for learning and is furthering her education in SDSU’s doctor of nursing practice program, with a family nurse practitioner focus.

Her work experience includes the Sanford Tracy Medical Center in Tracy and Prairie View Health Care Center, Tracy. She hopes that her fairly recent education and her work experience will help her be relatable to her students.

Pipestone Campus Dean Jackie Otkin said, “Tracy’s excitement for learning and dedication to education is a wonderful asset to the nursing program. We are very happy that she is joining our campus and believe she will fit well with the needs of the program.”

Hansen, from Garretson, S.D., started her education journey by earning a degree in agronomy but found that she wanted to grow in a different direction, which led her to the nursing field.

“My husband, Matt, is a farmer and really there should only be one farmer in the family at a time,” she said.

She and her husband live on a farm outside of Currie, and they have a 9 month-old son, Christian.