One of Bemidji State University’s 2019 Outstanding Contribution awards goes to Dr. Misty Wilkie, associate professor of nursing, who is passionate about mentoring the next generation of minority health care professionals.
The driving force behind the Niganawenimaanaanig program funded by a $2 million federal grant, Wilkie has helped BSU dramatically increase its number of indigenous nurses, which will in turn increase health equality and patient outcomes in the communities they eventually serve. This program had a goal to increase the number of indigenous nurses at BSU by 75 percent in four years; in the second year, BSU has seen a 600 percent increase.
This level of success is directly related to Wilkie’s passion for students, her ability to connect with students as a fellow indigenous nurse, and her genuine care for BSU’s nursing program.
A nominating colleague said Wilkie “routinely goes above and beyond to mentor our next wave of health care professionals in Indian Country. Her contributions to the university should not go unnoticed.”