Cavalier County Memorial Hospital (CCMH) has a new provider on staff to see patients.
By Melissa Anderson
Rachel Faleide recently received her Nurse Practitioners (NP) credentials and has made CCMH and Langdon her family’s long-term home.
“I joined CCMH almost 2 years ago as a RN. My husband, Nathan, and I were wanting to move out of West Fargo and go back to the small-town life,” Faleide shared.
Originally from Munich herself, and her husband being from Maddock, small town life was not unfamiliar, and the couple considered both towns before ultimately choosing Langdon.
“We weighed our options and felt that, long-term, moving to Langdon would be best for us because it has a great school system, hospital, and clinic,” Faleide explained, ”Upon joining CCMH, I was really impressed with all the hospital had to offer its patients.”
Faleide graduated from Munich High School in 2003. She earned her dental assisting degree from North Dakota State College of Science and worked for a few years in that field. Faleide then decided to go back to school with the long-term goal of becoming a nurse practitioner.
“I obtained my Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of North Dakota and graduated in December 2016 from Maryville University in St. Louis, Mo.,” Faleide stated.
During her time in the master’s program, Faleide had clinical rotations here in Langdon as well as at Towner County Medical Center in Cando, Pediatrics in Fargo, and OB GYN in Fergus Falls, Minn. She is certified by the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners in which she is a member as well as being a member of the North Dakota Nurse Practitioner’s Association.
“I am currently pursuing my Doctorate of Nursing Practice also at Maryville University and will graduate in December 2018,” Faleide shared.
Prior to moving to Langdon, Faleide had worked at both Sanford and Essentia Health in Fargo where she gained a lot of great nursing experience working in a more urban setting. This allowed her to care for critically ill patients of all ages. She also learned a great deal about the big picture of health care.
“Teaching hospitals are fantastic to work at because I was able to learn the most up-to-date skills, procedures, and practices of medicine. As I gained experience as a nurse, I knew that I wanted more autonomy and responsibility. I knew that working as a NP in a rural setting would provide me the challenge I was looking for,” Faleide said.
While working at Sanford Health over the course of nearly five years in the inpatient cardiac unit, Faleide gained extensive knowledge about congestive heart failure management, pacemakers and defibrillators, arrhythmia management as well as caring for patients after having a stent placed, receiving bypass surgery, or heart valve replacement.
“I enjoyed cardiac care immensely and still claim to be a bonified cardiology nerd at heart…no pun intended,” Faleide shared.
Keeping her long-term goal of wanting to work as a NP in a rural hospital in mind, Faleide knew she needed to broaden her knowledge base and took a position at Essentia in their Emergency Department.
“I loved this job! I enjoy the excitement of trauma, the variety of conditions I would treat, and the idea of not knowing what was going to come through the door next,” Faleide said of her time there.
As a result of her time at Essentia, Faleide is looking forward to providing care in the ER at CCMH.
“I feel that overall, between my work and school experiences, I have a well-rounded background,” Faleide said.
Faleide is excited to be a part of the Langdon community and to begin her practice at CCMH and feels that not only Langdon, but CCMH, have lots to offer. Her goal in joining the CCMH team is to provide quality health care for the entire family.
“Nothing is more satisfying than seeing your patients reach goals and overcome obstacles. I am a champion for my patients. I believe that their wins are my wins,” Faleide shared.
As a family nurse practitioner, she specialize in family care, women’s health, geriatric care, and health promotion and disease prevention. Faleide is currently accepting new patients from babies to seniors and everyone in between.