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Dad and daughter reconcile In 2009, the Williston State branch will gradu-

ate 17 LPNs and 10 RNs, said Tharp.

medication now could send him into shock.
She rushed him to the hospital in her SUV.

over nursing dream Paying for Carla’s dream. Yet state-of-the-art

training is only useful to students who can pay
All four of Mr. Pease’s coronary arteries were
blocked, which lead to quadruple bypass surgery.
for it, and Carla’s situation looked grim, she said.
Carla Pease always wanted to be a nurse, a large “smart A change of heart. While Mr. Pease was heal-
but because of her cerebral palsy, her family board” audio- Carla and her father “My dad told me if I wanted to be a nurse, then I ing, a visiting friend said, “You’re lucky to be
discouraged her, she said, and her father was visual screen. were in such disagree- was going to pay for it myself. But I was broke.” alive,” reports Carla. “Dad said, ‘Well, I had a
dead set against it. Desiree even ment, she said, that heck of a nurse.’”
helped deliver Carla’s family’s income was too high for her to
“As a girl, I drew black marks on my dolls for “I couldn’t even be in qualify for government grants, but she heard Dad and daughter who hardly ever talked, said
a child from a
stitches,” she said. “When my parents went to mannequin,
the same room without about the Thyra Hoehn Nursing Scholarship, Carla, “now talk or see each other every week.”
the medicine cabinet, they couldn’t find the she said with a blowing up at him.” established by Harold Hoehn in honor of his
band aides because they were on my dolls.” And best of all, for Christmas in December,
smile! wife. It was just the ticket, said Carla.
Mr. Pease bought Carla the stethoscope she
She grew to love nursing as a child through The Leonard P. Nelson building’s centralized “The federal government told me no, and Wil- always wanted.
watching those who cared for her during hos- computer lab was a significant upgrade from liston State told me yes!” said Carla.
pital visits. “They diagnosed the cerebral palsy days when students had to walk to another
when I was three.” A near tragedy. During school, Carla said, “I
almost gave up. Dad was in poor health during
For her fifth birthday Carla asked for a stetho-
scope. “My parents got me a toy medical kit
this time, and thinking of his disapproval made A Simulator:
me want to pull my hair out! But Williston
and I threw a fit. I was mad that it wasn’t real.” State faculty taught me not just to be a nurse, No. 1 on nursing’s wish list
but how to be a daughter.” Currently WSC’s nursing department uses a loaner man-
As a high school graduate, Carla pursued her
life dream against her family’s wishes. nequin. “But a state-of-the-art simulator would vastly
On the day before her state board exam, Carla
improve our capacity to train nurses,” said Nursing
returned home to a near tragedy. “Dad has
While researching nursing Coordinator Linda Tharp. A computerized mannequin
diabetes, and he
schools and visiting the simulates heart beats, stress, strokes, heart attacks, and
had stopped tak-
WSC’s Leonard P. Nelson even baby deliveries.
“My brother found Dad ing his medica-
Health Science wing, built
tion because his Can you think of a better investment of $50K to 150K
in 2003, she was con- at the farm almost
blood sugar level than to train nurses to save more lives? Let us know if
vinced that Williston State dead. I called one of had improved,”
nursing was “the best of you can help!
my instructors and she explained.
the best,” she said.
said, ‘I don’t know
Leonard P. Nelson: “the what to do.’ She said, Carla took his
blood pressure THANKS!
Mercy Medical Center CFO
best of the best.” “The ‘Yes you do. You’re a and listened to
technology and equipment Dear Williston 20 April, 2008
Kerry Monson nurse now. Take con- his heart and State College
I would like to Foundation,
in Williston State’s nursing Carla (right) helps prepare a patient’s leg cast. take this oppo
trol of the situation.’” lungs. She knew my deepest gr
atitute to your rtunity to sho
“Physicians are lab is a nursing student’s generous offer foundations, an
building to access computers, said WSC Nurs- that giving him of my $2,000 d your
dream,” said Carla. academic year o scholarship fo
always concerned ing Coordinator Linda Tharp. I am sincerely to
f 2008-09 at W
illiston State C
r the
with the time it “Instead of looking at a Carla did not qual- generous scho
uched to have be
en selected for
Williston State is one of five colleges in the larship for the this
takes new nurses diagram of an IV pump in
Dakota Nursing Program consortium that ify for government My last year’s
sc ho
second time!
larship brought
a book, you work with one ease which allo me financial
to get oriented. But offers both LPN and RN certification, Tharp grants and had no able to continue
wed me to focu
s on my studie
hands-on,” said former stu- my academic su s and I was
graduates coming dent Desiree DuBry, one of explained. “Williston’s Interactive Video Net- money of her own. is not a sign o
f true intelligen
ccess with a 4.0
of passion, and ce but merely a
from Williston half a dozen WSC-trained work allows 38 full or part-time teachers from The Thyra Hoehn one loves to do
willingness to wo
rk hard and do
State are well- nurses placed at Mercy these five campuses to convey class material Nursing Scholarship, . For me it’s nu
Williston State
on a screen and answer student questions as C o lle ge Nursing Pro
trained and ahead Medical Center each year. established by Har- out to be all I
expected it to gram turned
they’re teaching.” again for believin be and more! T
of the game.” Teachers explain pro- Scholarship Donor old Hoehn, was just g in me! hanks you
Therefore, students benefit from more experts Sincerely,
cesses and procedures on Harold Hoehn the ticket.
in more fields, and are prepared for anything.

4 Laura K. Nemce