Misty Wilkie PhD, RN, FAAN

Clinical Associate Professor


Office Phone
Office Address

6-188 Weaver-Densford Hall
308 Harvard St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States


Clinical Associate Professor
Director, Doctoral Education Pathway for AI/AN Nurses
Director, Center for Indigenous People, Health & Nursing
Assistant Director of Inclusivity, Diversity and Equity


PhD, University of Minnesota
Major: Nursing

MS, University of North Dakota
Major: Nursing

BS, Bemidji State University 
Major: Nursing

AS, Hibbing Community College

Licensures and Certifications

Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI)
Registered Nurse, Minnesota Board of Nursing
Licensed Cosmetologist, Minnesota Board of Cosmetology

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Misty Wilkie, PhD, RN, FAAN (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa/Métis) is a Clinical Associate Professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing. Dr. Wilkie’s research and clinical interests include supporting minority nursing students with a focus on those from American Indian/Alaska Native/Indigenous backgrounds to improve health outcomes for the individuals and their communities. Prior to her appointment at the University, Dr. Wilkie was a Professor at Bemidji State University. During her tenure at BSU, in 2017, she was the first in Minnesota to receive a HRSA Nursing Workforce Diversity grant and was the Founder/Director of Niganawenimaanaanig (Ojibwemowin for ‘we take care of them’) securing $4.2 million in federal funding to recruit, retain, graduate, and license American Indian/Alaska Native/Indigenous baccalaureate prepared nurses. She has served on several national diversity, equity, and inclusivity committees and is internationally recognized for her work to support minority nursing students. In collaboration with Shadow Health/Elsevier, Inc., she helped develop the first American Indian simulation for a digital clinical experience to provide nursing students across the country with an opportunity to provide culturally sensitive care to a unique Indigenous patient.

Research Summary

Dr. Wilkie’s research and clinical interests are related to American Indian/Alaska Native/Indigenous health. Her early research focused on attitudes, beliefs, and experiences of American Indians related to organ donation and transplantation. More recent interests focus on successful strategies to holistically and culturally support AI/AN/Indigenous students through nursing education.

Honors and Recognition

Appointment to serve on Federal Advisory Committee for Department of Veterans Affairs, 2022

Award of Excellence - Outstanding Contribution to the University, Bemidji State University, 2019

Outstanding American Indian Post-Secondary Teacher of the Year, Minnesota Indian Education Association, 2018

Fellow, American Academy of Nursing, 2018

Professional Memberships

Higher Learning Commission Peer Corp, Member/Reviewer

National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association (NANAINA) Vice President, President, Immediate Past President


Selected Publications

Wilkie, M.L., Martin, L., Peterson, B., Hanson, M., & Monsen, K. (2022). Indigenous model to support nursing student success, cultural identity, and workforce diversity. Journal of Nursing Education (provisionally accepted April 2022).

Heuer, L. & Wilkie, M.L. (2022). Rural Nursing: Barriers and benefits for RNs and APNs. Rural Nursing: American Indians and Alaska Natives In Indian Country. DEStech Publications, Inc. Eds Ferguson, L.A. & Lowrance, K.

Clark, T.C., Best, O., Bearskin, M.L.B., Wilson, D., Power, T., Phillips-Beck, W., Graham, H., Nelson, K., Wilkie, M.L., Lowe, J., Wiapo, C., Brockie, T. (2021). COVID-19 among Indigenous communities: Case studies on Indigenous nursing responses in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the United States. Nursing Praxis, 37, 71-83.

Wilkie, M. L. (2020). Empowered by cultural identity and catalyzed by resilience: A path to support American Indian nursing student success. Creative Nursing, 26, 1, 43-47.
doi: https://doi.org/10.1891/1078-4535.26.1.43

Quinn, W.V., Littlejohn, S., Eddie, R., Wilkie, M.L., Defoe, T., Brunelle, A., & Allen, J. (12 Nov 2019). Creating healthier communities: Native American nursing students’ experiences and the role of mentoring. [Webinar]. In The AARP/RWJF Campaign for Action- Future of Nursing Webinar Series. Retrieved from: https://campaignforaction.org/webinar/creating-healthier-communities-native-american-nursing-students-experiences-and-the-role-of-mentoring/

Warne, B., Wilkie, M.L., & Gallegos, J. (21 June 2018). Successful ways to meet the needs of Native American nursing students. [Webinar]. In The AARP/RWJF Campaign for Action- Future of Nursing Webinar Series. Retrieved from: https://campaignforaction.org/webinar/successful-ways-to-meet-the-needs-of-native-american-nursing-students/

Fear, W., Martin, L., Wilkie, M.L., Peters, R. & Quinn, W. (2018, April 25). Generational trauma, its effect on Native Americans, and how nurses can help. [Webinar]. In The AARP/RWJF Campaign for Action - Native American Nursing Learning Collaborative Webinar Series. Retrieved from https://campaignforaction.org/webinar/generational-trauma-its-effect-on-native-americans-and-how-nurses-can-help/

Heuer, L. 1 (Executive Producer), Muggerud, C. 2 (Executive Producer), Watson, M. (Producer),Greer, J. 2 (Producer), Kasowski, G. 2 (Producer), Thomas, J. 2 (Director of Photography), Foster, M. 2 (Senior Videographer), Ellison, B. 2 (Senior Editor), Davenport, B. 2 (Animation), Engle, A. 2 (Graphic Design), Gire, D. 2 (Graphic Design), Bearstail, J. 2 (Original Music), Bearstail, J. 2 (Original Music), Richards, K. 2 (Project Manager), Muscha, W. 2 (Project Manager), &; Davenport, L. 2 (Project Coordinator). Kauffman, H. (Host). 3 Anderson, B. (Consultant), 4 Azure, M. 5 (Consultant), Wilkie-Condiff, M. 6 (Consultant), Eaglestaff, ML. 7 (Consultant), O’Berry, T. 8 (Consultant), Wilson, D. (Consultant). 4 North Dakota State University School of Nursing, 1 Kat Communication, 2 Journalist, Seattle, Washington, 3 University of North Dakota Recruitment and Retention of American Indians into Nursing (RAIN), 4 Otter Woman Consulting, 5 Bemidji State University Department of Nursing, 6 South Dakota, 7 Sanford Health, 8 Essence of Healing: The Journey of American Indian Nurses. (2016). United States: Kat Communication.

Black, M., Wilkie-Condiff, M., Martin-Crawford, L. (2006). A tribute to Roxanne Struthers, PhD, RN, CTN. Journal of Cultural Diversity (13) 4, p. 223-226.


Selected Presentations

“Pursuing Authenticity and Visibility: Developing a Native American Virtual Patient Simulation Scenario for Maternal Health Nursing," International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare, Virtual. With Jimenez, F., Wilson, C., (Shadow Health/Elsevier, Inc.) (2021).

“Organ Donation & Transplantation in American Indians: The Live Experience of Ojibwe People," First Nations and Metis Organ Donation and Transplantation Think Tank, Virtual. (2020). Invited.

“Are We Reaching and Speaking Authentically to All of Our Multicultural Audiences?," 2020 Donate Life America Virtual Annual Meeting. (2020). Invited.

“Indigenous Nursing Student Success by Embracing & Implementing Indigenous Values to Provide Holistic Support,” 2019 AACN Baccalaureate Nursing Conference, Orlando, FL. (2019).

“Essence of Healing: Journey of American Indian Nurses,” Native American and Indigenous Studies Association International Conference, Waikato, New Zealand. (2019).

“Recruitment, Retention, and Persistence at U.S.A. University: A Programme Designed to Support Indigenous Nursing Student Success," The University of Auckland School of Nursing, Auckland, New Zealand. (2019). Invited.

“Niganawenimaanaanig Program: A Model for American Indian Nursing Student Success,” Keynote Address, Society for the Advancement of Modeling and Role-Modeling International Conference, Bemidji, MN. (2018). Invited. 

“Niganawenimaanaanig Program: Creating a Vision for Indigenous Nursing," National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association Conference, St. Paul, MN. (2018).

“The Essence of Healing: The Journey of American Indian Nurses,” University of Illinois-Chicago College of Nursing Urban Health Program, Chicago, IL. (2017). Invited.

“Quality of Health & Life after Organ Donation and Transplantation: The American Indian Experience,” National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association Conference, St. Paul, MN. (2018)

“Capture the Future: Nurture the Spirit—Preparing Successful Indigenous Nurses,” Keynote Presentation,  2nd Annual Native Nations Nursing Summit, Lac Du Flambeau, WI. (2016). Invited.

“Essence of Healing: Journey of American Indian Nurses Documentary,” St. Louis College of Pharmacy Convocation, St. Louis, Missouri. (2016). Invited.

“American Indians and the Organ Donation Process,” 23rd Annual Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation Conference, Detroit, Michigan. (2015). Invited.

“The Lived Experience of American Indian Organ Donors and Recipients: Stories of Cultural, Physical and Spiritual Triumph,” Keynote Speaker, Aotearoa Indigenous Nurses Conference, Auckland, New Zealand. (2015).

“American Indian Lived Experience with Organ Transplantation,” 22nd Annual Association for Multicultural Affairs in Transplantation Conference, Houston, Texas. (2014).

“Journey of a Nurse Educator,” 3rd Annual Pathways to Nursing: Sharing Our Journeys Conference, Bismarck, North Dakota. (2014). Invited.

“American Indian Organ Donation and Transplantation: The Lived Experience,” 13th Native Women & Men’s Wellness Conference, San Diego, California. (2014).

Grants and Patents

Selected Grants

Award: Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant: Bemidji State Niganawenimaanaanaanig ‘we take care of them’
Principal Investigator: Wilkie, Misty
Sponsoring Organization: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services HRSA
Award Dates: 2021-2025

Award: Nursing Workforce Diversity Grant: Bemidji State Niganawenimaanaanaanig ‘we take care of them’
Principal Investigator: Wilkie, Misty
Sponsoring Organization: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services HRSA
Award Dates: 2017-2021


Research Summary

  • Recruitment and retention of American Indian/Alaska Native/Indigenous nursing students
  • Health equity and diversity
  • Social determinants of health for American Indians/Alaska Natives/Indigenous populations