Jun 21, 2018

Successful Ways to Meet the Needs of Native American Nursing Students

July 17, 2018

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM ET

Recruiting and retaining nursing students from Native American communities remains a serious challenge. While the number of nursing students from other underrepresented and minority populations has increased, the number of Native American students has decreased. Native American students face unique barriers to success in higher education, including gaining entry into competitive nursing programs.

This webinar will examine the work of Native American nurse leaders and faculty who are committed to helping Native American students meet these challenges. Participants will learn about exemplars of culturally tailored nursing education programs, and of one Action Coalition’s work with tribal colleges.


  • Beverly Warne, MSN, nurse mentor and coordinator, Native American Nursing Education Center, South Dakota State University, College of Nursing Rapid City; member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe
  • Misty Wilkie, PhD, RN, Bemidji State University; member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
  • Joan M. Gallegos, MSW, RN, director, community engagement, HealthInsight Utah

Participants will:

  • Examine the impact of historical trauma on Indian education and learning.
  • Discuss cultural, academic, and social support strategies that aim to promote student success in nursing programs.
  • Explore opportunities for partnerships between Action Coalitions and nursing education programs.

The webinar is hosted by the Campaign and the National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association