Dr Misty Wilkie

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Office/Department: Nursing, Department of

Location: Bensen Hall 109 R

Phone: (218) 755-2715

Box #: 15

Email: misty.wilkie@bemidjistate.edu


Dr. Misty Wilkie is passionate about mentoring minority students interested in a health care career. She is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in North Dakota and grew up on multiple reservations in North and South Dakota and Minnesota. She founded Niganawenimaanaanig (Ojibwemowin for ‘we take care of them’) in 2017, receiving a $2 million HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity grant to provide social, academic, cultural, and financial support to Indigenous nursing students at Bemidji State University. In 2021, Niganawenimaanaanig received continued funding from HRSA to support Indigenous nursing students for another four years with $2.2 million awarded.

Dr. Wilkie earned her Associate in Science degree in Nursing in 1997 (Hibbing Community College), a BSN in 2001 (Bemidji State University), an MSN in 2005 (University of North Dakota) and a PhD in 2009 (University of Minnesota-Twin Cities). She was the 14th American Indian in the US to earn a PhD in nursing. Prior to teaching, her nursing experience was in emergency care, medical-surgical, and maternal-child health. Her teaching interests include transcultural nursing, nursing research, health assessment and leadership.

In addition to teaching, Dr. Wilkie is actively involved in the community. She was inducted into the American Academy of Nursing in 2018. She has served as the National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association President and established the Native American Work Group in the Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation. Currently, she serves on the American Academy of Nursing Diversity and Inclusivity committee and AACN’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Leadership Network.