Montana State University

Professional Position
Vacancy Announcement
May 15, 2014

Nurse Mentor: Caring for Our Own Program (CO-OP)
College of Nursing - Caring for Our Own Program

Search Number     14-397
Start Date Upon successful completion of search process
Appointment Full-time (1.0 FTE) fiscal year Montana University System contract; subject to annual renewal.

Salary for 3/4 time position $33,750 per year (based on 0.75 FTE). This is a fiscal year, grant funded appointment. Reappointment beyond the initial appointment is contingent upon funding, need, and performance.

Benefits Eligible
Montana State University values diverse perspectives and is committed to continually supporting, promoting and building an inclusive and culturally diverse campus environment. MSU recognizes the importance of work-life integration and strives to be responsive to the needs of dual career couples.

Founded in 1893 as a Land Grant University, Montana State University (MSU) is composed of nine academic colleges and a graduate school and boasts a friendly, supportive faculty and campus environment. Currently, the University hosts an enrollment of over 15,000 students, including approximately 2,000 graduate students. MSU is classified as one of 108 U.S. Research Universities (very high research activity) by the Carnegie Foundation.

MSU is located in Bozeman, Montana, an extended community of about 70,000 nestled in the Rocky Mountains in Southwest Montana. In addition to providing access to an extraordinary ecosystem for teaching and research programs, Bozeman is renowned for year-round recreational and cultural opportunities to include access to world class ski areas, multiple blue ribbon trout streams and the Gallatin National Forest. The Bozeman-Yellowstone International Airport is served by several major airlines and is the busiest airport in the state.

Named an All American City, Bozeman boasts high-quality medical facilities, a very low crime rate, many fine restaurants, acclaimed public and private schools, a symphony orchestra and choir, an annual opera, and nationally known events such as the Sweet Pea Festival of the Arts held in early August of each year. Bozeman is listed as one of National Geographic's "World's 25 Best Ski Towns." ranked Bozeman #2 on the list of American Dreamtowns - small towns that offer the best quality of life without metropolitan hassles. The K-12 educational system, growing reputation of Montana State University, and pristine natural environment of the area combine to make Bozeman one of America's most desirable university towns. Bozeman is located in the beautiful Gallatin Valley, 90 miles north of Yellowstone National Park.


The College of Nursing’s “Caring for Our Own Program” (CO-OP) is a support program for Native American and Alaska Native students pursuing their nursing degree at Montana State University. CO-OP’s goals are to increase the enrollment of American Indian nursing students in the College of Nursing at Montana State University and build a strong pool of American Indian and Alaska Native nurses who are prepared for practice, management, and leadership to serve Native American communities. The program recruits and supports students who have a desire to earn a baccalaureate degree in nursing in order to prepare them to provide high quality professional nursing care to their own communities. While financial assistance is available to CO-OP students, the principal benefits of the program are the provision of expert, culturally-sensitive academic advising; social support services, and academic assistance, along with referring students to other student services available at MSU and in the Bozeman community. The program staff is dedicated to helping American Indian students successfully complete the baccalaureate nursing program at MSU.

Duties and

  1. Provide academic mentoring, tutoring, and social support to CO-OP students enrolled in lower and upper division nursing courses.
  2. Refer students to academic and personal success resources within and outside of MSU.
  3. Assist with the planning, coordination, and evaluation of the summer student orientation.
  4. Communicate with students via ITV (interactive telephone/video conference) bi-weekly and during campus visits about post-graduation internships, graduate school opportunities, and post-baccalaureate employment opportunities.
  5. Provide instruction in nursing content to the upper division students (juniors and seniors) via ITV as needed. Travel to each College of Nursing campus (Billings, Bozeman, Great Falls, Kalispell, and Missoula) at least once per semester to consult with CO-OP students and faculty.
  6. Prepare an individualized NCLEX-RN study guide for each senior student and enroll graduating students into formal NCLEX reviews.
  7. Assist graduates with resumes, interview skills, and finding employment resources.
  8. Teach or coordinate CPR training for students.
  9. Document, track, meet and internally report on progress towards the goals and outcomes of federal funding sources.
  10. Develop formal assessment of upper division student participation in tutoring, academic performance, performance on the NCLEX-RN licensure exam, and post-graduation employment.
  11. Collaborate as needed with CO-OP students’ academic advisors regarding academic performance.

1.   Bachelor's degree in nursing.
2.   Licensed or eligible for licensure as a registered nurse (RN) in Montana.
3.   A minimum of one year clinical work experience as an RN.
1.   Master's degree in nursing.
2.   Experience working with college students from American Indian backgrounds.
3.   Experience teaching nursing students.
4.   Certified CPR instructor.
The Successful
Candidate Will

  • Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to the academic success of students who are Native American Indians.
  • Have the ability to interact effectively one-on-one and with larger groups.
  • And will work effectively as part of a team and possess effective organizational and computer skills.

1.   In accordance with MSU policy, hiring will be conditional upon successful completion of a pre-employment background check.
2.   NECESSARY SPECIAL REQUIREMENT: Successful applicant must have valid driver's license.

Screening of applications will begin on May 29, 2014, and will continue to be accepted until an adequate pool is established.


To apply, submit the following:

  • (1) a letter of application addressing all of the above required and preferred qualifications, and
  • (2) a current resume or vitae, and
  • (3) the names, addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses of three current professional references.

    An application packet addressing all of the above listed items is highly encouraged. Missing materials and/or information may not be requested and may result in your application not being considered for the position.

    Electronic submissions in PDF format are preferred, and must have the applicant's signature on the letter of application. For electronic submittals, please indicate "Applicant - Search #14-397" in the subject line of the email.

    • Submit materials to:

    • CO-OP Nurse Mentor Search
    • c/o Terryn Martin
    • College of Nursing
    • Montana State University
    • 400 15th Avenue South, Room 203
    • Bozeman MT 59717
    • Phone: (406) 771-4450

      In order to receive Veterans Preference during the application review process, it is highly recommended that the required forms are included at the time you submit your application materials. Click here for the forms and information regarding Veterans Preference. Important note: Your preference form is submitted to a different location than your application materials. A DD214 is not a required document.

Posted (05/15/14kw)