BISMARCK, ND — The Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health and the Center for Rural Health located in Grand Forks, announced University of Mary’s Graduate Nursing Department Chair, Dr. Billie Madler, as the 2020 recipient of the Outstanding Rural Educator and Mentor Award.

This award is presented to a professional who has made outstanding contributions to the education, development and placement of new health care professionals in rural North Dakota communities.

Madler’s peers, leaders within North Dakota’s health care profession, and former students who’ve gone on to care for people in rural communities, nominated her for this distinguished award. Many of Madler’s students graduate from the University of Mary and continue their careers as nurse practitioners in underserved areas of North Dakota and other parts of America.

Jerri Jo Stramer and McKi Nuss are 2019 graduates of University of Mary’s Doctorate of Nursing Practice program. With Madler as the chair, the two completed their evidence-based project entitled “Implementation of an Osteoporosis Screening Program in a Rural Primary Care Clinic” in Garrison, ND.

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