Giving Hearts Day provides opportunity to help support nursing education

February 7, 2017 – Fargo, North Dakota – North Dakota will have 4,430 registered nurse openings through 2020 according to one national report. On Giving Hearts Day on Thursday, February 9, you have an opportunity to support scholarships and professional development for the next generation of nurses. Donate online to the NDSU School of Nursing on Giving Hearts Day to make a difference.

“The day provides an opportunity to support educating future nurses and many of them will be caring for patients in the region,” said Carla Gross, associate dean of the NDSU School of Nursing. Approximately 80 percent of NDSU nursing students stay in the state after graduation.

Find a friend, colleague or family member to match your gift to multiply your impact on Giving Hearts Day.

During this 24-hour online funding event, gifts of $10 or more, up to $4,000, will be multiplied by generous donors. Whether you are an NDSU nursing alumni, parent of a student, or past donor to the NDSU School of Nursing, your gift will make a difference to help students at the Fargo and Bismarck sites with scholarships.

The process to donate on Thursday, February 9 is convenient.

Scholarships help students achieve their goals as health care professionals.

“Scholarships are a very encouraging reward for students’ hard work and future education,” said Sadie Bolton, a student at NDSU School of Nursing at Sanford Health in Bismarck.

An NDSU alum and member of the Advisory Board for the NDSU School of Nursing echoes Bolton’s statement.

“For students like me, nursing was a second career. I had a mortgage and a family,” said Ryan Day. “Not working during the year was a challenge and I couldn’t handle the burden of additional student loans,” he said. “Days like Giving Hearts Day are a great way to reflect on your experience and give back.” Day currently applies his nursing skills as a quality improvement advisor at Sanford Health.

Giving Hearts Day provides opportunities to enhance health professions education. “Nursing scholarships are important because they give students the opportunity to attend school when they may not have the financial means to do so on their own,” said Nicolle Trenda, a junior in nursing from Mandan, North Dakota, who also serves in the North Dakota Army National Guard.

Lori Wightman, a nursing alum and long-time supporter of the NDSU School of Nursing, notes the importance of such support. “For some, a scholarship means the ability to fulfill a dream,” she said. “Without scholarships, we would miss out on an abundance of talent.” Wightman applied her nursing skills to serve as a senior administrator in hospitals in Minnesota and Oklahoma during her career. named NDSU’s School of Nursing in the top 2 percent of more than 3,200 nursing programs in 2016. The NDSU School of Nursing also was deemed a primary Cadet Command Nursing Center of Excellence by the Army ROTC program.

NDSU offers nursing programs in Fargo and in Bismarck, including pre-licensure BSN, online blended RN to BSN, LPN to BSN and family nurse practitioner/doctor of nursing practice degrees. The NDSU School of Nursing offers small class sizes, experienced faculty and an excellent value.

To support nursing students on February 9, go to

For other opportunities to enhance education of students entering health care professions at NDSU, contact Amy Ruley, senior director of development, College of Health Professions at or 701-231-6461.

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