Trinity Health will continue its partnership with the nursing programs at Minot State University and Dakota College in Bottineau.
In what marks its third five-year partnership with educational institutions, Trinity will donate $ 250,000 per year for the next five years to Minot State and $ 100,000 per year for five years to Dakota College in Bottineau, according to information provided by Minot State.
A press conference to announce the continuation of the partnership was held in the simulation room of MSU’s Memorial Hall in the nursing department. The simulation lab allows nursing students to gain hands-on training in their field. Educators said MSU nursing students have more opportunities for clinical experience than any other state program.
According to MSU, the partnership has helped MSU fund full-time positions, including two nursing faculty positions, and admit up to 66 nursing students into its programs each year.
The donations help create increased opportunities for students to pursue nursing studies and help meet the health care needs in the region.
Jerry Migler, the dean of the Dakota College Bottineau campus, noted that the nursing program at Dakota College Bottineau has also grown. He said it appears many nurses on Trinity’s staff have graduated from nursing programs at Minot State or Dakota College in Bottineau.
Karen Zimmerman, head nurse / vice president of patient care services at Trinity, said the partnership between Trinity Health, Minot State and Dakota College in Bottineau is an example that other healthcare organizations and academic institutions should imitate.
The current COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of nurses. Some nurses nationwide have left the profession due to current challenges, but the need will not go away. Nursing is a career in high demand.
April Warren, chair of MSU’s nursing department, said MSU hopes to continue expanding its nursing programs.