Sime Strengthens Infection Prevention Team

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Building bridges, literally and figuratively, paved the way for Rebecca Sime, RN, to become the newest program manager for the South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care (SDFMC). Her journey from civil engineering to registered nurse has given Sime a unique perspective and skill set in both project management and quality improvement.  

As a member of the South Dakota Project Firstline (SD PFL) team, Sime will focus on providing relevant infection prevention and control training to health care workers in every setting and at every skill level.  

Rebecca Sime, RN

“As a lifelong leaner, I am passionate about education,” explained Sime. “Being on the frontline of the worldwide pandemic highlighted the need for and value of infection prevention and control.” 

Proper training prepares health care workers for an infectious disease outbreak or other emergency. Selected by her local government to establish an operational disaster command center, Sime has additional emergency preparedness experience to complement the SD PFL mission.  

Originally earning a degree in civil engineering, Sime added an Associate of Science in nursing from the University of South Dakota and quickly gained knowledge and expertise in long term care, critical access hospitals, the emergency department, dialysis, and the operating room.  

“Focusing on education, collaboration, strong working relationships, and planning leads to success,” concluded Sime. “I’m excited to contribute to the success of Project Firstline and prevent the spread of infection and disease.”   

Contact the Project Firstline team and access infection prevention training and resources on the South Dakota Project Firstline website.