Group recruits Native American nursing students

RAPID CITY, S.D. (KOTA TV) - The number of Native American students in the nursing program at the South Dakota State University Rapid City campus has quadrupled since 2015.

Credit for that success reportedly goes to the Wokunze Wicaske Alliance for Native American nursing students.

The alliance strives to attract and retain Native Americans to the state's nursing workforce. It uses an inclusive alliance of tribal partners, community members and academic leaders.

Those involved in the effort are thrilled to watch this program grow and have it become more of a family.

"To have that feeling of belonging ... this idea as family feel is what we have created here and has made this so successful," nursing program adviser Bev Warne said.