MINOT, N.D. - Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., headed to the nursing department at Minot State University Tuesday.
While on campus, Heitkamp got a tour of the simulation labs that allow students to practice treating patients without the risk of harm. These simulators talk, breathe and replicate many other health problems a nurse could face.
"Someone like a senator coming in, seeing what we are doing, seeing what Minot state is doing. It's playing it's part to address the current nursing shortage. I think Minot State's nursing program is an amazing program," said senior nursing student Michael Yemane.
Heitkamp said: "But, what they do is so important that they do it right, because you will hold people's lives in your hand. So, what I would say is we need to pay people better. We need to create more spaces for nurse educators, and we need to recruit from good people like you."
The senator spoke to the whole nursing department for a Q and A session.
She addressed many topics including the direction of rural healthcare, addiction and the important future of nursing.