In an effort to recruit potential nursing students, the University of North Dakota College of Nursing conducted three four-day tours across North and South Dakota, Minnesota, and Nebraska, visiting American Indian reservations.
Diabetes has reached epidemic proportions among Native Americans, according to the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Over 12% of all Indian populations in the United States suffer from type 2 (non-insulin-dependent) diabetes. The Pima Indians in Arizona have the highest rate of diabetes in the world—about half of adults between the ages of 30 and 64 are diagnosed with the disease.
Thanks to the historic appointment of American Indian nurse Pelagie “Mike” Snesrud to a key federal health policy-making position, tribal nations have a champion within the system to advocate for their needs.
Although methamphetamine abuse is a relatively new phenomenon in American Indian communities, it is quickly reaching crisis proportions. Here’s how nurses are helping patients and tribes find solutions to this devastating problem.