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Outstanding Rural Health Educator/Mentor

This award is presented to a professional who has made outstanding contributions to the education, development and placement of new healthcare professionals in rural North Dakota communities. Academic educators, community-based instructors and preceptors are eligible for this award.

  • 2023 –- Teree Rittenbach, Professor of Nursing at University of Jamestown, Jamestown
  • 2022 – Annie Paulson, Nursing Program Director at Bismarck State College
  • 2020 – Billie Madler, DNP, ARPN, FNP, FAANP, Chair of Graduate Nursing for the University of Mary
  • 2019 – Barbara West, RN, West River Health Services, Hettinger
  • 2018 – Two awardees: Karen Clementich, MS, RN, Nursing Program Director & Associate Professor of Nursing at Lake Region State College and Deb McAvoy, MSN, RN, Clinical Faculty & Site Manager, Dakota Nursing Program at Bismarck State College