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MSU College of Nursing receives $126,000 to expand clinical activities in Ravalli County

September 14, 2015 -- MSU News Service

The MSU College of Nursing has received $126,000 to expand its clinical activities in Montana’s Ravalli County. The three-year grant from the J. S. Heman Foundation provides funds for nursing students – under supervision from faculty members – to team up with health care providers in Ravalli County on a variety of projects.MSU photo by Kelly Gorham

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The Montana State University College of Nursing has received $126,000 to expand its clinical activities in Montana’s Ravalli County.

The three-year grant from the J. S. Heman Foundation provides funds for nursing students – under supervision from faculty members – to team up with health care providers in Ravalli County on a variety of projects.

Nursing students from MSU have previously worked in Ravalli County, but the funds will enable the work to be expanded, according to Charlene Winters, MSU nursing professor.

“For many years, nursing students from the MSU College of Nursing campus in Missoula have conducted health screenings and provided health education for Ravalli County students in grades K through 12,” Winters said. “Now, with funding for travel and supplies, faculty and students have expanded their clinical activities to other settings. Especially important is the opportunity for students to work with rural families as a direct result of the J. S. Heman Foundation’s support.”

Projects that MSU College of Nursing students have or will be conducting in Ravalli County with support from the foundation include assisting the Bitterroot Cares for Kids Network Coalition in developing healthy community events, providing a tobacco prevention presentation at Trapper Creek Job Corps as part of the Tobacco Free Ravalli project, working with health care providers at the Lolo Migrant Clinic to develop bilingual medication education handouts and assisting in diabetic patient education for residents living across the valley.

“We’re delighted that with the help of the J. S. Heman Foundation, students will gain valuable clinical experiences that will continue to serve them well after graduation,” Winters said.

The MSU College of Nursing educates students on five campuses – Bozeman, Billings, Great Falls, Kalispell and Missoula – to be professional nurses capable of working in a variety of settings.

The J. S. Heman Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation dedicated to improving the health and education of Ravalli County residents.

Contact: Charlene Winters, MSU College of Nursing, (406) 243-4608 or winters@montana.edu