Dr. Misty L. Wilkie, PhD, RN (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa)
Dr. Wilkie grew up on multiple reservations in North and South Dakota and Minnesota. It wasn’t until her oldest, Zachary, was 5 months old that she was called to become a nurse. Zachary spent 2 weeks at the University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital as specialists determined what caused his right arm paralysis. During this time, Zachary’s primary nurse, Roni, was Dr. Wilkie’s saving grace. She exemplified all critical qualities of a nurse, and inspired Dr. Wilkie to pursue nursing. She earned her ADN from Hibbing, MN in 1997, a BSN from Bemidji State in 2001, an MSN from University of North Dakota in 2003 and a PhD from University of Minnesota in 2009.
Her background is in rural and reservation health, working in acute care, emergency room and long-term care. While in her undergraduate program she became interested in the organ donation and transplantation experience in American Indians. Once she completed her PhD course work, she took a position for an adjunct nursing faculty at a community college and fell in love with teaching. She has been in higher education ever since and currently works at Bemidji State University in Bemidji, MN.
Dr. Wilkie was inspired, mentored, and encouraged to pursue her PhD by previous NANAINA members. It has been important to her to revitalize NANAINA to provide the mentoring and networking opportunities that were available to her as a graduate student. She is a strong advocate, supporter and mentor to increase indigenous nursing student success.
She resides in Battle Lake, MN with her husband, Rich, her two youngest children, Quinn and Avaya. Her oldest son, Zachary, earned his elementary education degree and resides in Fargo, ND. She enjoys reading, walking/running, and spending time with her family.