Karli Laeger and Madison Cermak, who both work at Lakewood Landing in Mandan, have been awarded $1,000 Allan B. Engen Nurse Scholarships by the North Dakota Long Term Care Association.

Laeger is a CNA/med aide I and Cermak is a CNA/med aide III.

Employed with Lakewood Landing for over two years, Laeger is enrolled in the Dakota Nursing Program through Bismarck State College.

Cermak, also employed at Lakewood for over two years, is enrolled in the nursing program at the University of Mary.

“The residents have taught me how to be more patient and understanding of what people are going through when they lose their memory,” Laeger said. “I plan to continue working in the long-term care setting because it is a very rewarding area.”

“Some of my favorite experiences with long-term care are rooted in getting to know the residents on a personal level and understanding their life stories and interests,” Cermak said. “Simply listening is so powerful and reminds them that they are unique and have a great purpose.”

The Allan B. Engen Nurse Scholarship was established in recognition of the work and accomplishments of the NDLTCA’s first executive director, the late Allan B. Engen. It is designed to help combat North Dakota’s nursing shortage, “which is especially intense in North Dakota long-term care facilities,” said NDLTCA President Shelly Peterson.