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Nursing organization honors MSU nursing student with leadership award

April 12, 2012

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A Montana State University student will be honored April 13 at a state-wide conference that l also will launchea new coalition to improve health care to Montanans through leadership of the state's 18,000 nurses.

Alacea Head, a mother of three and a senior nursing student at MSU from Garryowen, receives a Montana Leading Change, Advancing Health Award at the event that announces the new Montana Center to Advance Health through Nursing. Head, who will graduate from MSU in May, has been recognized for her leadership as a nursing student.

Other recipients of nursing awards include Donna Greenwood, professor of nursing at Carroll College for 30 years, and Shepherd's Hand Free Clinic in Whitefish, which provides health care to Montanans without adequate health insurance.

MTCAHN is focused on advancing health in the state by improving the education and training of Montana nurses and building nursing leadership.

The MSU College of Nursing and the Montana Area Health Education Center, which is based at MSU, are partners in the launch of MTCAHN, which is the Montana action coalition of the national Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action. Officials of the groups said they envision a health care system where all Americans have access to high-quality care, with nurses contributing to the full extent of their capabilities. The campaign is coordinated through the Center to Champion Nursing in America, an initiative of AARP, the AARP Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and includes 48 state Action Coalitions and a wide range of health care providers, consumer advocates, policy-makers and the business, academic and philanthropic communities (www.thefutureofnursing.org).

MSU President Waded Cruzado will open the gathering and Sue Hassmiller, senior adviser for nursing at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation's leading health care philanthropy, is the keynote speaker. Hassmiller is also director of the Future of Nursing: Campaign for Action.

Kristin Juliar (406) 994-6003, kjuliar@montana.edu