“This grant is particularly special as it is a new endeavor for RAIN with the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation,” said Gayle Roux, dean of the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines. “RAIN has focused on establishing new funding sources, and it is rewarding to see this award as a result of that work. “
The RAIN program, directed by Deb Wilson, assists American Indian students from pre-nursing through the doctoral level by providing guidance, personal and financial counseling and a “home away from home” for students.
The program began in 1990 and will celebrate its 25th anniversary this year. Since the program started, it has graduated 180 American Indian nurses with their bachelor degrees, 52 American Indian nurses with their master’s degrees and five have earned their Ph.D.s in nursing. The first American Indian Doctor of Nursing Practice student graduated this past summer.
The New Town, N.D., mentor is Elizabeth “Lizz” YellowBird, Ph.D.; Bismarck mentor is Tracey Baker, MBA; United Tribes Technical College mentor is Evelyn “Faye” Foote, MS; and the UND Mentor position is currently being advertised. The mentors will work with students across North Dakota with plans to expand services across the nation.
The CNPD and RAIN are very fortunate to have received the $555,000 grant award from the MHA Nation and will begin the RAIN/MHA Education Pipeline Program immediately. If you would like more information on the services provided please contact Deb Wilson, RAIN Director at 701.777.4519 or deb.wilson@UND.edu; Dr. Elizabeth YellowBird at 701.317.6524 or liz.yellowbird@UND.edu; Tracey Baker at 701.317.6714 or tracey.l.baker.2@UND.edu; or Evelyn “Faye” Foote at 701.317.6530 or evelyn.foote@UND.edu; or Barb Anderson, RAIN Coordinator at 701.777.4523 or barb.anderson@UND.edu.
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