BISMARCK, ND — For decades, North Dakota State Hospital in Jamestown served as the state’s premier training and education campus for nursing, pharmacy, social work and counseling, residents in psychiatry and other medical-related careers.
Starting next month, the NDSH will also be a satellite site for Dakota College at Bottineau’s practical nursing program. The Dakota Nursing Program is an 11-month practical nursing certificate program open to anyone interested in the field of nursing. The program will also provide NDSH team members with the opportunity to advance their training while continuing their employment.
“We are thrilled to partner with Dakota College in Bottineau to provide additional training opportunities not only for our team, but also for the broader healthcare community in North Dakota,” said Beth Satrom, director of NDSH Nursing. “Our goal is to expand the availability of nurses to meet the high demand in all health care facilities across the state.”
As part of this partnership, NDSH will provide classrooms and technology resources and help with practical nursing skills labs.
“After these students have spent time on our campus and engaged with patients and our team of highly trained professionals, we hope they will be interested in working here and supporting our mission of helping people achieve long-term wellness and recovery,” Satrom said. .
Three NDSH Licensed Practical Nurses recently graduated from Dakota College of Bottineau’s Registered Nursing Program. They are now transitioning into their new roles as registered nurses at the state hospital. NDSH offers 80% tuition reimbursement and covers the cost of books and materials for current team members interested in earning a nursing degree.
“It’s a wonderful achievement for these people,” Satrom said. “One of our top priorities is to build a high performing team so that we can better serve the needs of the people of North Dakota.”
NDSH partners with various colleges and universities to offer clinical nursing rotations. These include Jamestown University, University of Mary, North Dakota State College of Science at Wahpeton, Dakota College of Bottineau, Bismarck State College, Lake Region State College, Williston State College and Aberdeen Presentation College.
In 2021, NDSH provided 104 nursing students with nearly 3,000 hours of student training.
To learn more about Dakota College at Bottineau’s nursing program, visit www.dakotacollege.edu/academics/programs/nursing.
Nationally accredited by the Joint Commission since 1956, NDSH provides specialized psychiatric and rehabilitation services to inpatients and is the safety net for people whose behavioral health needs exceed community resources. It is the only psychiatric hospital in the Jamestown and Devils Lake areas. The hospital also provides substance use disorder treatment services through its Tompkins Rehabilitation Center and assessment and treatment services for sexually dangerous people. It works with the department’s eight regional social service centers and other providers to help patients transition to community-based outpatient treatment and recovery support services.