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TrainND receives funds for nursing education

By   Dana Zinke

TrainND Northeast recently received funds from two separate grants to help replace outdated and damaged medical training equipment.

“The grants will help replace CPR manikins and equipment for CNA and other support programs at the Lake Region State College program site and to purchase supplies for the nursing lab in Grand Forks,” said Edie Armey, director of TrainND Northeast.

TrainND Northeast is responsible for serving North Dakota Planning Regions 3 and 4 – the northeast quadrant of the state. 

In Region 3, health care is the second largest industry after local government. In Region 4, health care is the largest industry. Health care employs the most people in North Dakota and increased 20 percent from 2000-2010. A 17 percent increase is expected in the next 10 years.

“The first grant requested one dollar of match funding for each dollar of donated cash ($2,500) from the Royal Social Committee of Devils Lake, ND, which is a group of area women that gather once a month to socialize and discuss needs and ways to support projects related to Lake Region State College. When the Royal Social fee pool reaches a set amount a committee awards funds to a fitting applicant,” Armey said.

Funding from the grant and Royal Social is being used to equip two labs used for the instruction of American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Health Care Providers, Friends and Family CPR, Heartsavers CPR, AED and First Aid, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support. The Royal Social Committee awarded $2,500 for one lab, and the matching $2,500 grant funds covered the other lab.

With the grant funds, TrainND was able to purchase new manikins, DVD training sets, CPR training masks, face shields, manikin wipes, and more items necessary for proper education in CPR and First Aid.

Child care facilities, public schools, and health care facilities require some employees to be certified in CPR and First Aid. As of June 2014, TrainND Northeast has trained 101 students in CPR for a variety of work settings. 

The second grant provided funds to purchase supplies for a nursing lab in Grand Forks, ND. 

Lake Region State College is expanding their Practical Nurse (LPN) program to serve the needs of the greater Grand Forks area and has acquired a training facility in Grand Forks. A practical nurse cohort started studies in fall 2014. 
TrainND Northeast also will use the lab for CNA training. TrainND began offering CNA classes in the Grand Forks area in 2012, more than doubling the enrollment of the program. 

“In previous years, the CNA program utilized a nursing home, as well as a classroom at the Grand Forks Air Force Base, but starting in the fall of 2015, students will receive all of their labs and classroom work at the new, nursing education facility,” Armey said.

The CNA class requires supplies such as manikins, beds, course materials, and linens. Cavalier County Memorial Hospital in Langdon, ND donated $13,853 of equipment to help supply the facility and the grant covered the other $13,853 in new equipment. 

Certified Nurse Assistants are critical in many areas of a patient or resident’s life. CNA’s must be able to effectively communicate with residents and staff, be sensitive to emotional, social, and mental health needs, be able to assist residents in maintaining functional independence, and understand patient rights. CNA’s must also be observant and effectively report and document observations, promote good health and well-being and be able to work as a team effectively. 

“These grant funds are being put to great use and are helping more and more students to reach their education goals. These funds not only help current students, but will help many more in the future,” Armey said.

For more information on CPR training, CNAtraining, or Nursing, contact Lake Region State College at (701) 662-1600, email or go to