BISMARCK, N.D. — As a patient, many of us rely on nurses to listen to our concerns and offer advice to get better. At Sanford Health, nurses work alongside physicians to talk with patients and make sure they have the correct medications and instructions for a speedy recovery.
Sanford Health has close to 30,000 employees across its footprint. About 6,500 of those employees are nurses, and more and more men are going into the nursing field. Male nurses now make up 9 percent of the force.
One of them, Vince Goettle, enjoys spending time with his family and sinking triples on the basketball court. He also enjoys taking care of patients at the Sanford Pain Management Clinic in Bismarck, North Dakota.
“Once I got into nursing and started doing it, the whole feeling of helping people really inspired me to keep going with it,” he said.
When Goettle was a kid he wanted to be a farmer. But times and aspirations change and suddenly he was in his freshman year at Bismarck State College and realized he should probably consider what he wants to do when he graduates.