Heidi A. Bender, DNP, FNP-C, is a board-certified family nurse practitioner and a key member of our Pulmonary/Critical Care team. A Minnesota native, she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing from Concordia College, Moorhead, MN, and completed her Master’s in Advanced Practice Nursing from South Dakota State University, Brookings. In 2018, she received her doctorate in Nursing from the University of North Dakota. As an RN, Heidi practiced in Emergency Departments at MeritCare in Fargo, Avera St. Luke’s in Aberdeen, and at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center in Sioux City, IA, where she also served as the department’s staff educator. She was an RN in Trinity’s ICU before completing her nurse practitioner training and joining Pulmonary/Critical Care specialist Jeffrey Verhey, MD, in his practice in 2007. Heidi is a member of Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society, Emergency Nurses Association, American College of Nurse Practitioners, and the American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
Pulmonology & Critical Care
Pulmonology and critical care medicine are specialties concerned with the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of lung and respiratory conditions as well as caring for critically ill patients in the intensive care unit.