GoodHealth TV celebrates American Indian nurses during Nurses Week with inspiring stories

Four newly developed public service announcements (PSAs) featuring the journey of American Indian nurses are being highlighted on GoodHealthTV starting on May 12, 2016. 

The public service announcements are part of a larger project, titled “Essence of Healing: Journey of American Indian Nurses” documentary. 

The NDSU School of Nursing and NDSU School of Nursing at Sanford Health were among a group of collaborators to develop the program that follows American Indian Nurses as they share their journeys of healing. 

One of the program’s goals is to promote the recruitment of American Indians into the nursing profession, where they currently make up less than two percent of the nursing workforce. 

GoodHealthTV is sponsored by Kat Communications, Bismarck, North Dakota, and is the only Native American health TV.  It delivers health and preventive programing that is entertaining, engaging and easy-to-understand to more than 80 facilities throughout the country. 

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. 

View the Essence of Healing movie trailer on Facebook

For information about “Essence of Healing: Journey of American Indian Nurses,” contact Loretta Heuer, professor of nursing at NDSU, at or 701-231-8205.

Groups collaborating to develop the documentary include: 

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