A number of programs like Niganawenimaanaanig and the IHS American Indians Into Nursing Program aim to recruit Native nurses. Still the U.S. Census’ American Community Survey finds Native Americans make up a tiny fraction of all registered nurses. We’ll hear from some Native nurses about what the profession is like and hear from recruiters who say Native representation is sorely needed in hospitals and clinics.
Dr. Misty Wilkie (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) – associate professor at Bemidji State University
Loretta Heuer – professor at North Dakota State University school of Nursing
Rebekah Dunlap (Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) – RN, BSN, PHN
Debbie Jeanotte (Turtle Mountain Chippewa) – retired registered nurse
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