Documentary Features Native Nurses from the Northern Plain

Essence of Healing

Published April 15, 2016

BISMARCK, NORTH DAKOTA – A documentary titled Essence of Healing: Journey of American Indian Nurses” will premiere Saturday, April 30 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, North Dakota.

The documentary video captures the journeys of 14 American Indian nurses from the Northern Plains as they follow their calling into the nursing profession. It shows their lives and impact on the recruitment of American Indians into the nursing profession, where they currently make up less than two percent of the workforce. Click on this link to view the Essence of Healing movie trailer.

The premiere includes a short program, showing of the documentary, and recognition for the American Indian nurses who shared their journeys of healing.

North Dakota groups collaborating to develop the documentary:

  • Cankdeska Cikana Community College, Fort Totten
  • KAT Communications, Bismarck
  • North Dakota State University School of Nursing, Fargo
  • North Dakota State University School of Nursing at Sanford Health, Bismarck
  • University of North Dakota Recruitment and Retention of American Indians into Nursing (RAIN Program), Grand Forks

 Sponsors of the premiere:

  • KAT Communications
  • Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation
  • North Dakota Heritage Center and State Museum
  • Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Sky Dancer Casino and Resort
  • United Tribes Technical College

Funding for the project was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, University Partnership Research Grant for the Health Profession Opportunity Grants Program, No. 90PH0019, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families.

For information about Essence of Healing: Journey of American Indian Nurses, contact, 701-231-8205.

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