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Student Focus: Elizabeth Sam
28 December 2010

BISMARCK (UTN) - Elizabeth Sam is mother of three and the wife of a Bureau of Indian Affairs police officer. She had long aspired to study nursing, but was unable to attend nursing school in Nevada due to long waiting lists and difficult admission criteria and policies favoring traditional-aged students. Elizabeth and her family saved money for a year to relocate to North Dakota so she could become a nurse.

      “I came into nursing and didn’t understand how much work it was going to be. But I wanted to do good, and I’m doing really well!” –Elizabeth Sam

      Elizabeth credits her faith and her family for helping her succeed at UTTC. Her husband found a job in law enforcement on a nearby reservation, and her eldest son got an after-school job to help make ends meet at home. UTTC provided a safe, supportive environment.

      Elizabeth performed extremely well at UTTC and is about to earn her degree in Practical Nursing. She has already been accepted to a local hospital’s registered nurse program where she will earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.





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