Founded 25 years ago at Washington State University, Na-ha-shnee has given Native American high school students hands-on experience of the health care professions.
Many graduates of the Na-ha-shnee summer camp have gone on to successful health care careers, including Sarah Burke, Cheryl Ellenwood, Shian Kelly, Rhonda Martinez-McFarland, Shoshannah Palmenteer, and Hailey Wilson.
Sarah Burke: You are capable
Sarah Burke graduated with her bachelor’s in nursing from Washington State University in 2018—just in time to be greeted by a coronavirus pandemic.
“It’s been crazy!” says Burke of her nursing job at EvergreenHealth Medical Center in Kirkland. “I … » More …
Ruth Bindler ’01 PhD grew up in the Adirondacks of New York. In the 1960s, when she started college at Cornell, the typical paths for women were teaching and nursing. Since she enjoyed her science classes, nursing seemed a logical route. Turned out it was a great fit. After working for a time at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York, she moved to Wisconsin with Julian Bindler, who later became her husband, and found both nursing work and graduate school.
Bindler not only went on to become a successful public health nurse, she authored several books on children’s health and medication, was a … » More …