MINOT – Krystye Bettney of Minot has been selected to participate in the National Youth Leadership Forum on Nursing from Tuesday to Sunday, Feb. 22 to 27, in Boston.

Having demonstrated academic achievement and an interest in the nursing profession, Bettney will join more than 200 outstanding high school juniors and seniors from across the United States at the forum.

“As the Baby Boomer generation ages, we are seeing large numbers of people retiring, which leaves fewer people to provide nursing care to more and more people who require it. The United States is currently facing a shortage of nurses in monumental proportions,” said Donna Snyder, executive director of the forum.

“The National Youth Leadership Forum on Nursing seeks to change that trend by introducing students like Krystye Bettney to the many challenges and opportunities that await in the nursing profession,” she said.

As part of the curriculum, Bettney will be placed in the role of head nurse in a patient simulation and will be asked to assess the clinical needs of patients and determine a plan of care for each of them.

Students will discuss and debate nursing ethical scenarios, presenting their final conclusions for review to a registered nurse. Hands-on workshops will offer the students an opportunity to learn how to take a patient’s medical history, splint a wound, draw blood from a synthetic arm, set up a triage unit and take a patient’s blood pressure.

Bettney, a junior at Poland Regional High School, is also attending a prenursing program at Lewiston Regional Technical Center.

NYLF is a nonprofit, educational organization that has, since being founded in 1992, empowered more than 100,000 young people to make well-informed career choices. For additional information, visit www.nylf.org.

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