Aaniiih Nakoda College Newsletter
Summer 2015

Bryar Flansburg poses with Erica McKeon-Hanson
and "good luck" cake
Bryar Flansburg will be leaving Aaniiih Nakoda College to continue on her circle of life. In August 2014 she was accepted into the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing at MSU-Bozeman, and started this rigorous nursing program May 11, 2015. The accelerated program lasts for one and one half years. Bryar is a recipient of an Indian Health Services Scholarship. The scholarship pays for tuition, fees, books and a monthly stipend.

Flansburg graduated from the Allied Health Program at Aaniiih Nakoda College, went on to MSU-Northern and graduated in 2009 with a BS in Biology. Since August of 2011 she has been employed as a Tutor and Lab Assistant in the ANC Allied Health Program.

Her hope is to become a Registered Nurse and work for the Indian Health Service in Billings. "When I was in the Allied Health Program taking A & P classes, I became fascinated by the human body and what it does and can do." Recently a family member was diagnosed with breast cancer and is doing well now. When asked why she chose this path, she responded, "I want to be able to take care of my family."

"My ultimate goal is to eventually become a DNP (Doctorate Nurse Practitioner)." Her father, James Flansburg, ANC Information Systems Specialist and longtime employee at ANC, traveled with Bryar last week to find an apartment. When telling the story he said they were astonished at the high prices for rentals, but were able to find a place for Bryar close to the university.

Miss Flansburg gives credit to Erica McKeon-Hanson, ANC Allied Health Instructor, as being her strongest mentor while in school and at work. During a surprise farewell luncheon, Erica stated, "Oh, Bryar I just don't know what I am going to do without you!" But Mrs. McKeon-Hanson couldn't be prouder and happier for her star student to move forward.

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