September 10, 2003


Ingegerd Fagerberg, PhD, RN, researcher and educator from Malardalen University, Sweden
Montana State University-Bozeman College of Nursing hosted a Visiting Scholar from Sweden during August and September 2003. This experience was possible due to an award from the National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research. The Visiting Scholar, Ingegerd Fagerberg, PhD, RN, is a researcher and educator from Malardalen University, Sweden whose specialty is geriatric nursing. The outcomes of this Visiting Scholar program included: enhancing campus multi-interactions, interacting in educational experiences for undergraduate and graduate students, and providing open seminars for the campus and health care communities.

Face-to face and telecommunications seminar on curriculum issues related to care of the elderly occurred with faculty of four MSU-Bozeman College of Nursing campuses Bozeman, Missoula, Great Falls and Billings. Meetings were also held with College of Nursing administrators and the MSU Office of International Studies. A graduate student seminar conducted by the Visiting Scholar was held on the Bozeman campus on the topic Researching nursing staff increasing our knowledge about the patient s life-world . Open seminars for the campus and health care communities were provided by the Visiting Scholar on the topic of Temporary confusion: A terrifying experience . Approximately 40-60 students, faculty and health care providers participated in each of these seminars which were held in three locations - St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Benefis Hospital in Great Falls and the MSU-Billings campus. A discussion of multidisciplinary approaches to geriatric care and education was held with participants of the Montana Geriatric Education Center. In addition to various informal gatherings, other community contacts engaged in by Dr. Fagerberg included visits to two research centers, two long term care facilities, and a community council on aging.

by Fredricka Gilje, PhD, RN, Associate Professor, MSU-Bozeman College of Nursing, Billings Campus