First nursing pins awarded by fledgling Mayville State programMayville State University’s fledgling nurse-training program took flight Thursday when its first five students received their licensed practical nurse pins.
By: Kevin Bonham, Grand Forks Herald
Mayville State University’s fledgling nurse-training program is taking flight today when its first five students receive their licensed practical nurse pins.
The five students were able to complete their one-year LPN education in Mayville thanks to a partnership between MSU and Lake Region State College in Devils Lake. Nine students at LRSU will receive their pins Friday.
The Dakota Nursing Program is a partnership between Bismarck State College, Lake Region State College, Dakota State College at Bottineau, Fort Berthold Community College and Williston State College.
The Dakota Nursing Program is designed to provide qualified nurses throughout North Dakota, particularly in rural areas.
Each college works with surrounding communities and their health care facilities to train LPNs and RNs to help meet staffing needs, one of the biggest challenges of rural medicine.
The distance-learning program provides classroom instruction through the Interactive Video Network at the five colleges, as well as other sites, usually located in local hospitals or clinics. Clinical requirements are met by students working at area hospitals and clinics.
Students in the nursing programs offered at Mayville take their pre-nursing coursework from Mayville State University and then, once accepted into the practical nursing program, become students of the Dakota Nursing Program.
LRSC extended its practical nurse program to the Mayville area in fall 2010. It will offer the second-year, associate degree (two-year RN) nursing program along with the practical nursing program, beginning this fall.
All five Mayville LPN graduates are enrolled in the second-year course, according to Kathy Matthys, MSU nursing instructor. While they all still have to take their state licensure tests, she expects at least some of them to work in area health facilities while they continue their studies.
She expects both the first- and second-year classes, which are limited to a maximum of eight students, to be filled this fall at MSU, adding that besides the five current students, it will include current LPNs who want to become registered nurses.
The program’s goal is expand both units to 16 in the future, she said.
So far, most of the students have been from the Mayville area.
“This next year, we’ll draw from Grand Forks and some of the other communities surrounding Mayville,” she said.
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