Nursing faculty and staff

Michelle Van Wyhe, D.N.P.

Assistant Professor, Nursing
Nurse Practitioner

D.N.P., South Dakota State University
M.S., South Dakota State University
B.A., Augustana College

WRSM 5/RSC 103


Dr. Van Wyhe teaches in the nursing department and also serves as a nurse practitioner for Northwestern's Wellness Center. A board-certified advanced registered nurse practitioner, she provided O.B. and medical-surgical care for Orange City Area Health System. She also served as Early Head Start health coordinator for Mid-Sioux Opportunity in Remsen, Iowa, and as an R.N. at St. Luke’s Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa. Van Wyhe holds a master’s degree in nursing, with a family nurse practitioner emphasis, and a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree from South Dakota State University.


  • Promoting Shalom with the Childbearing Family

    Promoting Shalom with the Childbearing Family

    Based on a Christian worldview, this course examines the theoretical, scientific and ethical basis for the application of the nursing process with diverse normal and high-risk childbearing families. Emphasis is placed on nursing as a human science, performing art and healing ministry to promote shalom with parents and children. The clinical component provides an opportunity for nursing practice in acute care and selected community-based settings, assisting students to integrate knowledge, aptitudes and compassionate care in health promotion and restoration activities and in living the three nursing practice dimensions. Learning experiences include service-learning, faith reflection, laboratory practicum and clinical experiences. Prerequisite: NUR320. Concurrent requisites: NUR380. (3 credits, 2:1)
  • Lifespan Health Assessment

    Lifespan Health Assessment

    Based on a Christian worldview, this course provides an opportunity for students to develop their understanding and use of the nursing process, with a focus on the relationship development and assessment phases. Informed by a Christian world view, emphasis is placed on performing holistic assessment of pediatric and adult clients including the physiological, psychological, sociocultural, spiritual and moral/ethical dimensions. Laboratory practice precedes clinical application in a variety of health care and community settings. In the clinical component, students develop aptitudes in relationship development and holistic assessment of pediatric and adult individual clients to develop clinical judgment and promote shalom. Prerequisite: Admission to the BSN program. Concurrent requisite: NUR220. (3 credits, 2:1)
  • Promoting Shalom with Children and Adolescents

    Promoting Shalom with Children and Adolescents

Professional experience

  • Registered Nurse, Orange City Hospital, Orange City, Iowa
  • Early Head Start Health Coordinator, Mid-Sioux Opportunity, Remsen, Iowa
  • Registered Nurse, St. Luke's Hospital, Sioux City, Iowa


  • Nurse Practitioner Association of South Dakota


  • ANCC Board Certified Family Nurse Practitioner
  • Sigma Theta Tau Honor Society of Nursing