From the Desk of Dean Shannon
Happy New Year! Join me in welcoming what promises to be an important decade for nursing.
2020 has been designated The Year of the Nurse and Midwife by WHO in honor of Florence Nightingale’s 200th birthday. Two questions come to mind: why has Florence Nightingale’s impact endured for two centuries and why is 2020 important for nursing?
The Enduring Legacy of Florence Nightingale
This icon of nursing is popularly known as the “Lady with the Lamp” due to her caring presence at night on the Scutari hospital wards during the Crimean War in the 1850s. While poetic, Florence Nightingale’s 200 years of respect was earned for very different reasons. As a young woman, she received a robust education including Italian, Latin, Greek, philosophy, history and mathematics. She is considered one of the early statisticians pioneering a new way to graphically display data. But Florence Nightingale is most famous as the founder of modern nursing. Her 1859 book, Notes on Nursing, was the cornerstone of the curriculum for her school, now known as the Florence Nightingale School of Nursing and Midwifery, and became popular with the public for the valuable information on maintaining and restoring health. Two centuries after her birth, Florence Nightingale remains a model of a visionary leader; a person who had a global impact on nursing and health.
2020 and Nursing: A Visionary Year
We start the new year, new decade with optimism. Nurses and midwives account for nearly 50% of the healthcare workforce globally. Yet the world faces a shortage of health workers with nurses and midwives accounting for half of needed workers. States like Montana face shortages in rural areas of nurses, primary care providers and mental health workers. At MSU College of Nursing, we are proud to share the ways we are addressing Montana’s needs. In this newsletter read about:
- Expansion of existing accelerated BSN program to CON Billings campus with an innovative partnership model where students will be partnered with a rural clinical agency in eastern Montana for 6 weeks of intensive learning.
- Our grant-funded Rural Ready Nurse Practitioner Program where students in the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program are learning additional skills to become better prepared as rural and frontier family or psych-mental health nurse practitioners.
- The Caring for Our Own Program which celebrated its 20th anniversary and 100th Native American BSN graduate in 2019 and is going strong into the next decade helping to meet the need for nurses and nurse practitioners in Tribal communities.
- The NEPQR grant which is helping the College of Nursing to educate nurses for the next decade by expanding clinical opportunities for BSN students to primary and ambulatory settings, particularly in rural areas.
MSU College of Nursing looks forward to partnering with you and others across our beautiful state over the coming decade.
Best wishes for good health in the new year to you, your family, friends and communities,
2019 Homecoming Blue and Gold Awardee
Supporting Students through GENEROSITY
Nursing Student TEAMWORK
Montana and Ecuador are similar yet very different. Ecuador is mountainous, but also home to the Galápagos Islands. Spanish is the official language but 13 indigenous Amerindian languages are recognized. Ecuadorians in rural areas experience difficulty accessing healthcare similar to some rural Montanans. Each March a group of Bobcat nursing students has the opportunity to travel to Guangaje, Ecuador. Under the supervision of CON faculty they provide healthcare to rural villagers living in the high Andes Mountains near the equator. This year 14 students participated in this two-week opportunity. Learning starts at 5 am ending around 8:30 pm each night. A team of volunteer healthcare providers sets up clinics in five separate villages ultimately providing care for nearly 400 Ecuadorians. A key service provided is referrals so villagers can access needed specialty care. This year the team helped a 9-year old girl receive a lifesaving heart surgery. Global learning translates to local caring when Bobcat nurses practice teamwork across the world.
Are we doing enough to protect people who work long hours outside in the heat? That question drives Dr. Sally Moyce’s research passion. Heat-related illness (HRI) is an occupational hazard for outdoor agricultural workers who are four-times more likely than workers in other industries to experience this health condition. HRI affects kidney health and can lead to chronic kidney failure, requiring long term dialysis or kidney transplantation. Three U.S. states have laws that require employers to take measures to prevent HRI. But, do these laws work? Dr. Moyce is examining HRI prevention policies and their enforcement to determine the effects on agricultural worksites. She received a grant from MSU’s Initiative for Regulation and Applied Economic Analysis to determine if employers in states with existing HRI prevention policies are more likely to provide water to their workers. Dr. Moyce also received a grant from the American Association of Occupational Health Nurses to investigate the effect citations for violating HRI prevention laws have on the provision of water for agricultural workers. Dr. Moyce hopes her research findings will provide evidence to support effective federal legislation to increase protection of outdoor workers’ health.
Caring for Our Own Program's 20th Anniversary and 100th Graduate
In October, the College of Nursing’s Caring for Our Own Program (CO-OP) celebrated its 20th anniversary and 100th BSN graduate! Alumni, faculty, friends, family and MSU leaders were invited to the opening of a photographic exhibition in Sherrick Hall chronicling the history. The CO-OP was founded in 1999 to help improve the quality of health care in Indian Country by increasing the number of qualified Native Americans /Alaska Natives entering the nursing profession. CO-OP alums present at the event received a commemorative pin and talked about the impact CO-OP had in their lives and what it was like to provide high quality nursing care in their communities. At the Alumni Awards Ceremony held in Leigh Lounge, Dean Shannon commented, “Many of our CO-OP alumni have returned to MSU for graduate degrees in nursing. This year we admitted six American Indian students – 10% of the new class – to the Doctor of Nursing Practice program where students become nurse practitioners.” CO-OP is a signature program within MSU College of Nursing and we are proud to celebrate 20 years and 100 BSN graduates.
GIVING Back to the Community
Emily Schmitt became interested in MSU after learning about the Caring for Our Own Program (CO-OP) and the opportunity for Indian Health Service Scholarships. She is a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of the Chippewa Indians in Michigan. Emily moved to Montana to complete the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program where she proved herself a tenacious student and scholar. For her DNP project, Emily partnered with one of Montana’s tribal communities on a topic chosen by community members – education on head trauma resulting from abuse. Emily applied for and received funding to support this work and presented it nationally. In addition, Emily served as a nurse mentor to American Indian pre-nursing students and worked with BSN nursing students on the Fort Peck reservation. Emily graduated with her DNP degree in May 2019 with a 4.0 GPA. She is now a family nurse practitioner giving back to her community through her work in an Indian Health Service facility.
The College of Nursing is delighted to introduce Monti Pavatea-Gilham as the new program manager for the Caring for Our Own program (CO-OP). She is Blackfeet and Hopi with an extensive background assisting and supporting Native American students to achieve their educational goals. Ms. Pavatea-Gilham served as department chair and instructor for the office administration department at Blackfeet Community College for eleven years. During this time, she also was an advisor for the Student American Indigenous Business Leaders chapter encouraging students to develop their leadership skills. While attending graduate school, Ms. Pavatea-Gilham worked with the Executive American Indian Business Leaders Association and served as the project coordinator for the MSU American Indian/Alaska Native Student Support Services. “My goal is to help CO-OP nursing students implement their knowledge throughout Native communities.” The CON is lucky that Ms. Pavatea-Gilham has chosen to join its talented team of staff!
EDUCATING Rural Ready Nurse Practitioners
Montana, like most rural states, faces a shortage of primary and mental health care providers. Nurse practitioners are key to solving this shortage. To meet the health care needs of Montana’s rural and frontier communities, the College of Nursing applied for and received a HRSA Advanced Nursing Education Workforce Training grant. The Rural Ready Nurse Practitioner Program is a four-year, nearly $2.8 million federal grant that will be used to expand and enhance the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program. MSU students selected to be a Rural Ready Scholar will complete the rigorous MSU DNP program while receiving additional training important for practice in a rural community; such as advanced cardiac life support and advanced trauma life support. Students in the program are eligible to receive support for tuition/fees, travel, housing, books, equipment and other expenses. The full version of this story, written by Anne Cantrell, can be found by clicking the link below.
Building SUSTAINABLE Primary Care
News flash! Nurses don’t just work in hospitals. Over the next decade, more of health care will be delivered in primary, ambulatory, and home settings. While this fact is well-known, nursing education continues to prepare nurses as if health care will occur primarily at the hospital bedside. MSU College of Nursing is looking toward the future. The CON received a grant from HRSA to recruit and train nursing students and current RNs to practice the full scope of their nursing license in primary care teams, especially in rural areas. The goal of the NEPQR Partnership grant is to create a sustainable primary care nursing workforce educated to address urgent public health issues, improve access to care, and work toward better population health outcomes. With NEPQR grant support, MSU CON is ensuring Bobcat nurses have learning opportunities in rural primary and ambulatory settings to experience the future of nursing!
Student Athlete Getting it Done on the Volleyball Court
Allyssa Rizzo, a Bobcat volleyball standout and senior nursing student, just capped a stellar career in the Blue and Gold. A product of Crestwood, Illinois, she was recently named the Big Sky Conference Libero of the Year. The libero is a defensive specialist who is always on the court. She also serves as the team’s heart and soul. Named first-team all-Big Sky, Allyssa smashed the Montana State all-time digs record! A dig is keeping an attacked ball in play. Allyssa became just one of three players in Big Sky Conference history to go over the 2,000-dig milestone. Congratulations to Allyssa on an outstanding volleyball career! We know those teamwork skills and “saves” will come in handy in her next career as a Bobcat Nurse.
Congratulations to Allyssa on an outstanding career!
Student Athlete Getting it Done on the Basketball Court
Tori Martell is an MSU junior nursing student on the CON’s Bozeman campus. She grew up in Somerset, Wisconsin and came to MSU to study nursing and play for the MSU women’s basketball team. This season, Tori leads the team in 3-point shooting having connected on seventeen 3-pointers during the early season. Tori is averaging 6.7 points per game and is shooting 45.2% from the field and 37.8% from long distance. As a junior baccalaureate nursing student, Tori is learning new skills off the court. Junior nursing students build on their foundational knowledge through courses in pharmacotherapeutics and psychosocial care while developing nursing care knowledge and skills in theory and clinical courses. Junior nursing students also learn about how research informs knowledge in healthcare and nursing and are introduced to community-based nursing.
Excellent accuracy Tori!
Created with images by Paxson Woelber - "Skiing the classic Arctic to Indian backcountry traverse through Chugach State Park. The 21-mile traverse starts at Arctic Valley and ends at Indian, on the edge of Turnagain Arm. Most skiers attempt the traverse in March, when warm temperatures, good snow cover, and long daylight make the epic trip more enjoyable." • Dominik Dombrowski - "Cold lake" • Raisa Milova - "untitled image" • Roman Trofimiuk - "Sun on evergreen branch" • Martin Sattler - "Winter Composing" • Dan Moldoveanu - "Snow on needles" • Wil Stewart - "Wooded hill on a winter’s day" • Denys Nevozhai - "I was driving home from Mammoth Lakes by 88 somewhere near Kirkwood when suddenly after another turn this view has appeared. Not thinking too much I crossed double solids :) and parked on the other side. I left the car and walked in the knee deep snow for like 10 meters further from the road to reach untouched powder and take some nice sunset photos. This was one of them." • Les Anderson - "untitled image" • Pigoff PhotographY - "For the fullres photo, please contact me at email@example.com" • Aaron Burden - "Ice bubble on branch" • Casey Horner - "untitled image" • Cristina Munteanu - "Canton in Switzerland" • Robson Hatsukami Morgan - "untitled image" • Aaron Burden - "untitled image" • Aaron Burden - "untitled image" • CJ Dayrit - "Lost in winter" • Shelby Miller - "untitled image" • Aaron Burden - "untitled image" • Les Anderson - "Frozen winter forest" • Dyaa Eldin - "untitled image" • Ben Cliff - "We were on our way to mammoth mountain, when we stumbled upon two abandoned houses along the thruway. We stop to explore them and I was able to capture a perfect picture moment." • Caleb George - "Deer herd on a winter’s day" • Nathan Anderson - "untitled image" • Denis Degioanni - "I took this shot in a middle of “the vallée des merveilles” in the south Alps. I couldn’t see anything neither hear a single sound, everything was so quiet and so dark. But gradually I started to hear a breath, a whisper. And I think for the first time in my life I heard the stars sing." • Ryan Hutton - "Trees against purple night sky" • Alessandro Viaro - "Night sky over a snowy forest" • Benjamin Voros - "untitled image" • Ales Krivec - "Battling winter" • Dominik Lange - "untitled image" • Mira Kemppainen - "When I was visiting the home village Sodankylä everything was covered with ice." • adrian - "Fresh snow at Trillium Lake" • Matt Nelson - "untitled image"